Påul's strategy was Socratic engagement
Acts 19:8-10
At the end of his missionary life, the Apostle Paul, the world's greatest missionary, combined a lifetime of learning experiences into one masterful strategy in the city of Ephesus ... and this brought the gospel to over 1,000,000 people in two years!
Amazing!!  How did he do it?
Paul learned that preaching works for communicating with believers in church ... but it doesn't work for communicating with unbelievers in secular society.
With the Hall of Tyrannus strategy, over 1,000,000 people heard the gospel in two years
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Paul (from red dot) reached 'everyone who lived in the province of Asia' (yellow) ... starting with a just a few men he recently met ... low cost, leaving the temple and renting an idle facility ... no travel ... and no mass media.
What did he do? How did he do it?
Can we do today what Paul did?
Yes! Even better!
In fact, Socratic discussion in a modern Hall of Tyrannus is better suited to evangelism in America today than at any time in our country's history.
Sociologists and theologians are calling this the post-Christian era, the time when Christianity is on the decline and is no longer the dominant guiding principle in our culture. Our culture today is becoming more like the culture in Ephesus. A large and growing proportion of our population has no Christian background and we need to begin the gospel message on an empty slate.
You and your friends can start a modern Hall of Tyrannus. The hall might be a rented room in a hotel, restaurant, civic center ... or even a home. A facility that offers food is recommended. For example, group discussion for an hour, then continued in small groups over a menu and meal in the public eating area.
You can start a modern Hall of Tyrannus, and this site can help provide discussion materials.
Come back often. New materials are added every week.
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The story in brief
'Then Paul went into the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.

'But when some of them stubbornly refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way, Paul took his disciples and left the synagogue to conduct daily discussions in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.

'This continued for two years, so that everyone who lived in the province of Asia, Jews and Greeks alike, heard the word of the Lord.'
– Acts 19:8-10
The three verses above are the focus of this Bible study, but to get powerful impact and application you must read – or at least skim – Acts chapters 11-27 and the three topics below.
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Hall of Tyrannus
All three parts coming in June
This will be an inspiring Bible study for your group
Tells about the amazing thing that happened at the intersection of Religion, Secular and Gospel
Events in the life of the Apostle Paul that formulated the
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of experiences crammed into a two-year venture
Paul | 6-20 A.D. | Birth-14
Paul was born in 6 A.D. to Jewish parents in Tarsus (present day eastern Turkey), a bustling Mediterranean seaport city (now eastern Turkey), population about 0000.

Tarsus was a large city, a center of trade and Greek culture. Paul spoke and wrote Greek fluently.

He was a Roman citizen, a high social and political privilege, inherited from his father.
Paul | 21-30 A.D. | Age 15-27
Young adult
Paul was sent to study Jewish religion (Torah) in Jerusalem. Studied under famous teacher, Gamaliel. Status like Harvard grad today

Becomes devout member of the Pharisees, largest and most powerful religious group in this predominantly Jewish city of more than 600,000 people, part of Roman Empire.
Pharisees hated Jesus and convinced the Roman governor to order his execution on a Roman cross.

Jesus was crucified and resurrected, but his followers continued to preach a new religion that threatened the old religious establishment.

Paul persecuted Jesus's followers and tried to get rid of them, even by death if necessary, got keep them quiet.
– Acts
Paul | 34-36 A.D. | Age 28-30
Conversion / spiritual growth
Converted on way to Damascus.

Spends three years in Arbia

Return to Damascus to preach Jesus as Messiah

Flees Damascus because of persecution.

Visits Jerusalem and meets with apostles.

Returns to Tarsus
Paul | 37-46 A.D. | 31-40
Return to Tarsus
Preaches in Tarsus?

Learns leather-working trade (tent making)?

In 46 A.D. (age 40) invited by Barnabas to teach in Antioch.

With Barnabas visits Jerusalem to bring famine relief offering.
Paul | 47-52 A.D. | Age 41-46
Becomes a missionary
Missionary trip with Barnabas to Cyprus and Galatia (country today). Know as first missionary journey.

Council of Jerusalem.

Understanding that for Gentiles.