Scripture –

Acts 17:11 –13 – Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the scriptures daily to see if these things were so.  Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.  But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds.

Observation –

When Paul was in Thessalonica preaching the gospel, the Jews formed a mob and caused havoc causing he and Silas to travel by night to Berea.  In Berea, the Jews received the Word of God eagerly and studied it every day seeing that it was true.  As a result of hearing the word and their study, many believed as well as both Greek men and women.  When the group causing trouble over Paul’s preaching Thessalonica heard Paul was proclaiming the gospel in Berea they travelled there to stir up the Bereans against Paul and Silas.

Application –

Some people are going to be closed to hearing the truth about the gospel and the forgiveness of sins by faith in Jesus.  Others are going to hear be eager and study the Word.  The Bible is God’s living word and we better study it daily as the Bereans did and allow it to show us of the truth. When expository preaching is combined with Bible study that is a powerful combination for committed believers from many backgrounds.  We need to share the truth of the gospel within our circle of influence and invite others to study the word in fellowship.  There will be those who will try and stop the Word but the Word of God can’t be stopped and we have a role to advance the Good News.

Prayer –

Father,

Thank you for the truth in your word and the forgiveness of sins when we believe in the name of Jesus.  Let the Spirit guide me to share the gospel and encourage others to be in your word to study and believe.  Give me strength, courage and the right things to say and do to be a witness to glory you.