About Youth Quizzing
The Bible quizzing program launched as a ministry of the Church of the Nazarene during the 1964 General Nazarene Youth People’s Convention. Immediately well-received, the quizzing ministry is a unique and exciting ministry for youth that combines Bible study, mentoring, competition, fellowship, discipleship, and mission. Merging all of these elements into a program attractive to teenagers, quizzing has become a successful, worthwhile, and worldwide ministry. In addition to developing a devotion to God’s Word and lifelong habits of Bible study in youth, quizzing creates and builds up a community of young disciples and servants, steadily adding to a vast pool of leadership and continually strengthening the church and its ministries. More and more teenagers and youth leaders are realizing just what an impact quizzing can have in their lives and in the lives of people around the world!
Week 22: Acts 22:1-5
Scripture references: Acts 5:34-39, 9:1-2, 11:25; 1 Timothy 1:13; Galatians 1:14
Take A Closer Look
As we read in the last verse of Acts 21, the crowd in Jerusalem became surprisingly quiet when Paul motioned to them, perhaps due to the unexpectedness of his actions. But as Paul began to speak to the crowd in their own language (Aramaic), they “became very quiet.” This was a mob and many people were likely playing “follow the leader” without any idea what was going on. Those who had heard the initial cry from the instigators probably assumed that Paul was a foreigner, an assumption challenged when Paul began addressing the crowd in their own language.
Paul identified himself to the mob as a Jew–originally from Tarsus, yes, but brought up and educated in Jerusalem. He studied “under Gamaliel.” This phrase doesn’t just mean that Paul learned from Gamaliel; it was also a description of the custom for the teacher to sit on an elevated location and students to sit on the ground below. The KJV says “at the feet of Gamaliel.” Do you remember the earlier mention of Gamaliel? Acts 5:38-39 is part of his advice to the Sanhedrin. (These are memory verses; you might want to review them!)
After identifying himself, Paul explained his training and his zeal for the law. He confessed that he was not all that different from the people in the crowd at one time, even to the extent of persecuting Christians out of ignorance. At one time, he had felt about the Christians as this crowd did.
What Does This Mean to Me? Is It Worth a Tweet?
Look for ways to connect with non-believers but be very careful that you do not compromise your Christian walk in the process. Speak to non-believers, especially hostile ones, in their “own language.” Find a way to identify with them. Look for the common ground you share and emphasize it. Do you enjoy a sport that they enjoy? Do you have the same favorite author, actor, or singer? Paul often used sports analogies in his epistles, speaking of “running the race” and “winning the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24, Hebrews 12:1, Philippians 3:14). You can follow his example, searching for an opening that will allow you to connect with and then speak to others of Jesus in terms they understand.