The Bereans

21st June 2017

This week I have been reading Acts. It’s the account of the birth of the church and the spreading of the gospel in countries around the Mediterranean Sea. The latter part of the book tracks the various journeys of a man called Paul who travelled extensively preaching the gospel and planting churches. Chapter 17 describes one of these trips where Paul, joined by a man called Silas, where in a city called Berea (north Greece). They went to the Jewish Synagogue to speak...

The Bereans were eager to hear what Paul and Silas said and studied the Scriptures every day to find out if these things were true. So, many of them believed, as well as many important Greek women and men.
Acts 17:11-12 The NCV Bible

The Bereans were not only open to what Paul and Silas had to say, but they did not just take their word for it. They listened then went to the Scriptures and studied to see if what they said was true. The result of this was that many of them became Christians. There are lots of ‘voices’ today! Many people want us to listen and even believe or follow what they are saying. So who do you trust? We can learn something from the Bereans. Whatever you hear, take what is said and study the Bible. Does what you hear line up with God’s ‘word’ or not? For Christians the Bible is our book, our plumb line for the whole of life. So it’s vital that we really know and understand it so we can apply it to all aspects of life.

Gary Bastin - TC church leader

Town Centre Community Church

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