There must have been a large crowd gathered in the
Areopagus in the city of Athens that day about two thousand years ago when the apostle Paul spoke of the one true God – creator and ruler of all. Luke records the people’s reaction at these words: “And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again on this matter.” (Acts 17:32) Paul, then leaving the crowd, focused his attention on those who showed an interest. Some believed and two individuals in particular are named: Dionysius and Damaris.
There is an important lesson for us to learn from Paul about evangelism. Paul first threw the message out broadly, determined those who were interested, then focused his
efforts on them. This was Paul’s method not only in Athens but in each city he visited. We should do the same. Each of us should spread the gospel message as widely as we can, then noting those who indicate an interest, focus our
energies on teaching them.