April 22-Strange Things

April 22-Strange Things

April 22: Strange Things

 

Scripture Lesson: Acts 17:22-34

 

On this date in 1959, the Chicago White Sox scored 11 runs with only one hit in the 7th inning of a 20-6 rout of the Kansas City A’s. Johnny Callison had the hit – a single. During the inning, Chicago received 10 walks, including five with the bases loaded. They also benefitted from three Kansas City errors and one hit batsman. I would say that was a strange inning!

 

In our Scripture lesson today, Paul takes a different approach to sharing the Gospel. We find him in Athens, the center of philosophy in the ancient world. Some had heard him preach about Jesus and were curious to learn more. Paul used a strange way to talk to them about the Gospel; not his traditional way of preaching. Notice that Paul adapted his style in order to reach his audience. The message did not change, but the way the message was presented did change. It would have been strange for a believer to hear this way of presenting the Gospel. Notice the results: men and women believed in Jesus!

  1. How can we use baseball to reach people for Christ?

  2. How can we reach people in the baseball community for Christ?

  3. Why is it important to reach people where they are for Christ?

It may seem strange to change how we present the Gospel to others. We never change the message, but reach out to people where they are – not where we are – in life.

 


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I don't have anything that goes with blaasbl season for me (probably because I don't really watch baseball or any other sport that much eithor) but my uncle loves baseball and last year, a big game for the Twins (my home team) near the end of the season, my General Psychology class had on the game (mostl during breaks)on the projection, watching little dots run around the bases. The teacher even had it one a little while lecturing. I can still remember at one of the breaks how everyone was cheering the Twins as they made their winning run home. It was very funny.

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