Acts 17:16-34

“And He made from one man every nation of mankind …” (v26).  While Jesus commanded believers to witness to “every nation” (1:8), it was a struggle for Jewish Christians to accept the salvation of Gentiles (non-Jews). In Athens, Paul told the Gentile crowd that the Creator of all desired everyone to know Him. Using their own pagan poetry as a connection (v28), Paul shared the good news of salvation in Christ, rebuking idolatry and urging repentance (v29-31). Amazingly, even some of these pagans believed (v34).

“Now He commands all people everywhere to repent” (v30).  God desires all people everywhere to repent and find life in Jesus.  By praying, giving, and going, we are obedient to His will.