The places that need the gospel

The places that need the gospel
Acts 20: 15 “The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Chios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus.”
Paul’s third missionary journey meant he visited these places that we can often just read over very quickly but at the time were known as important places.
Assos is known today as Behram and is a small coastal city in Turkey. Its history is that of philosophy. Aristotle, after he left Athens, came to the city and opened a school of philosophy in 348 B.C. Paul wanted to stay and teach as much as he could in this city.
Mitylene is the capital city of a well-known island for us because of the intake of refugees, Lesbos, a Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea. It is the birthplace of the ancient Greek poet Sappho, she was born in 650BC and wrote about love and women. Mitylene became the home for many architects, poets, and philosophers of Rome.
Chios claims to be the birthplace of Homer. It was certainly the birthplace of eminent Greek politicians and writers.
Samos is a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea, separated from Turkey by the mile-wide Mycale Strait. It was the birthplace of mathematician Pythagoras and philosopher Epicurus.
Miletus before 500 BC was the greatest Greek city in the east having great commercial importance and yet having a history known only for war.
Philosophy, poetry, politics, knowledge, study and learning, commerce and war. Paul journeyed through them all. He stood in each place with the gospel in his heart ready to engage with whatever world he faced. The gospel is not soft nor is it weak. The gospel can stand against the most challenging and questioning of the pillars of society. In fact these pillars can speak of and herald the gospel. On their own through their wisdom they express their frustration at finding answers, the answer. The gospel heals their pain, the gospel satisfies the equation and the gospel brings the meaning of this life.
As gospel-carriers, missionaries in our world, let us study and then engage with these same pillars and more and not be afraid to speak the gospel to them.

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