How Did Paul Evangelize?

TITLE: How Did Paul Evangelize?

SUBJECT: Evangelism

PROPOSITION: In this lesson, we will look at some of Paul’s methods of evangelism.

OBJECTIVE: Each listener should be able to learn from Paul’s example of evangelism.

AIM: I hope that we will follow Paul’s example and be more evangelistic.


1. Read: Acts 17:1-4

2. About the Text:

1) Paul was a great evangelist.

2) He loved Jesus, and he wanted the people he met to know about Him.

3) He especially wanted his own countrymen to know about Jesus (Romans 10:1).

4) He provides us with a good example about how to evangelize others.

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: How Did Paul Evangelize?

I.   He Talked to His Countrymen

1. One of the first things that Paul would do would be to enter a synagogue.

1) He preached until they didn’t want him there anymore.

2) Acts 13:5 – Salamis, Acts 13:14 – Antioch of Pisidia, Acts 14:1 – Iconium, Acts 17:1 – Thessalonica, Acts 17:10 – Berea, Acts 18:4 – Corinth, Acts 18:19 – Ephesus.

3) Then he would turn to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46).

2. We should love our own people enough to talk to them about Jesus.

3. Are we doing that?

II.  He Found Commonalities

1. In Philippi, Paul went to a place where people gathered to worship (Acts 17:1-4).

2. Athens – Acts 17:16 – “Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols.”

3. Acts 17:23 – “for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you.”

4. Before Agrippa – Acts 26:3 – “especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews.”

5. We should look for things in common with others.

6. This gives us an opportunity to talk about the gospel.

III. For Jesus, He Endured Controversy

1. Acts 9:22-25 – had to escape in a basket.

2. Antioch of Pisidia – Acts 13:46 – “Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, ‘It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.’

3. Acts 14:14-20 – Paul was left for dead.

4. Acts 16 – Jailed in Philippi

5. Acts 17 – Rejected by most Athenians

6. Acts 18 – Brought before Gallio the Roman proconsul.

7. Acts 19 – Riot at Ephesus

8. Acts 20ff – The Jews in Jerusalem wanted to kill him, so he appealed to Caesar.

IV.   Paul Preached Jesus as Christ

1. Acts 9:20 – “Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.”

2. Acts 13:38-39 – “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

3. Acts 17:2-3 – “Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, ‘This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.’”

4. Acts 17:30-31 – “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

5. Acts 18:5 – “When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.”

6. Acts 18:28 – “for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.”


1. How Did Paul Evangelize?

1) He Talked to His Countrymen

2) He Found Commonalities

3) He Endured Controversy

4) He Preached Jesus as Christ

2. Invitation