Topic 4.1
Christian strategy
MACRO TOPIC SPECIAL 4.1

Hall of Tyrannus

Biggest overlooked story in the Bible
Innovation and acceleration in tough times
The Apostle Paul in Athens

Method is important

This Bible study is not about doctrine, but about a powerful method of making the gospel relevant and understandable to people who know little or nothing about it.

If you ask most Christians about the Hall of Tyrannus, all you'll get is a blank stare, yet it is the biggest evangelistic success story in the Bible ... how the Apostle Paul comes into a city ... rents a meeting room in a school ... holds discussions there every day for two years, arousing interest and telling unbelievers about God ... and more than a million people hear the gospel for the first time!

Method is important because it can greatly accelerate the speed with which the gospel penetrates secular society. Our command from Jesus is to 'make disciples' (Matthew 28:19) ... not just to know good doctrine, or to have good intentions, but to actually make disciples. We make disciples by telling lots of people about Jesus with clarity and persuasion, prayerfully lead by the Holy Spirit, using the most efficient and effective methods available to us.

In this Bible study, some principles revealed, frequently overlooked by the church.

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This Bible study about ... reached over 1,000,000 people in two years.

It took until age 54 for the apostle Paul to discover the gospel strategy summarized here –the Hall of Tyrannus – his single most amazing accomplishment. His strategy is as needed and powerful today as when he brought the gospel out of Jerusalem into the secular world ... and it changed the world!

How did he do it?

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Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing [reasoning] persuasively about the kingdom of God.
‍But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
‍This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord. (Acts 19:8-10)

CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO CULTURES

Torah and Artemis

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In 55 AD, a tired passenger got off a sailing ship from sdfsf and entered the city of Ephusus (modern day Turkey). He was a Jew, converted to Christianity, age 52, a skilled tent-maker (leather worker) and self-supporting missionary.

Apparently he had been to Ephesus a few years before, stopping briefly on a previous trip to sdfsdfds, without any converts to greet him now.

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THE BIG CITY

A man with a radical new idea

City of Ephesus

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STRATEGY / WHAT PAUL DID

Innovation and acceleration

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AMAZING RESULTS

Two years / 1,000,000+ heard the gospel

With the Hall of Tyrannus strategy, over 1,000,000 people heard the gospel in two years
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PAUL'S LAST BIG THING

Culmination of everything he learned

'I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (I Corinthians 9:22-23)

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Put it all together. All the years of learning. Nothing worked better and faster than this strategy.

LESSONS FOR TODAY

Similarity / principles still the same

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MODERN HALL OF TYRANNUS

What's next?

Big opportunities opening up

Big problems bring big opportunities.