In this talk, young adult leader Sam Lopez teaches that Christians are called to invade culture, not hide from it. Sam works as a youth pastor at Hope Center Arts church in Jersey City, NJ.
1. In the passage, Acts 17:16 ,we’re told that when Paul arrived at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him by what he observed in the city…what things do you see in our culture that bother your spirit?2. Paul then finds himself “reasoning” with the religious people of his day while in the synagogue and whoever was present in the marketplace. Why do you think the Bible describes what Paul was doing as “reasoning” and what do you think that consists of?3. What is the difference between reasoning and preaching?4. Why do you think it’s important for us as Christians to be able to “reason” with believers and non-believers alike?5. In your opinion, what is the current spiritual condition of your campus?6. Why do you think it’s important for you to engage the world, and your campus around you?7. From my observation, most Christians tend to be bold when around other Christians or in church but tend to be timid about their faith when around non-believers. Why do you think that’s so?8. What are some practical ways that we, as Christians, can build ourselves up in order to be able to reason with those around us?9. What are some practical things we can do to engage the world, our culture, and our campus in hopes of reaching people for Jesus Christ?10. In Acts 17, Paul had something to say to the world around him…what are some things you hope your life speaks to the world around you?