What is the most important speech you have ever given?
If you were given five minutes to speak to the U.S. Senate, what would you say?
Read Acts 17:16-31.
How do you think Paul felt before speaking to such an important group of men?
Which part of Paul's speech is your favorite? Why?
Sometimes we act as if God needs something from us, but in verses 24-25, Paul says God doesn't "need" anything. Why should this thought encourage us? How does this knowledge build your trust in God?
Why is it sometimes hard to trust God?
Would you rather control your own destiny or have God control it? Why?
What is going on in your life right now that you cannot control? Read Isaiah 7:4. How should you behave if you are trusting God?
What is going on in your life that you can control? How will you faithfully steward those opportunities?
According to verse 27, God wants men to "reach out for him." What do you think it means to "reach out for God?"
How do you "reach out for God?"
Read verse 31. One common destiny awaits all men. Death and judgment.
After the judgment, what destiny awaits those who did reach out for God? What destiny awaits those who did not?
How should this truth change your life? How should it change your relationship with God? How should it change your relationship with the people around you?