Finding Common Ground

When Paul went to a town to preach, he found common ground with people and worked from there. For example, that is why he went to the synagogues. He knew those people believed in God and in the Scriptures. Even when he went to people who did not necessarily believe in the God of the Bible and did not accept the Bible as the word of God, Paul sought common ground and built his case on that.
Listen to him address the people of Athens who were idolaters, “Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ‘Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious…'” (Acts 17:22).
They worshiped idols, but what Paul saw were people who desired a spiritual or religious mind. True, they worshiped dead and false gods, but they already accepted the idea that the divine exists.

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