Are you a Berean?

Scripture reading for June 26th: Acts 17:1-34

“As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea.  On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.  Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.” (Acts 17:10-12)

Paul and Silas had a habit of visiting the Jewish synagogues first in each city.  There they would preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Jews first, and often this stirred up trouble.  They had done this in Thessalonica and the Jews stirred up trouble for them, not bothering to listen or check out from Scripture whether their message was true or not.  The brothers hid Paul and Silas until it was night and then sent them to Berea.  Their reception in Berea was better.

There was an obvious reason why these Bereans were more open.  They held the Scriptures in high regard and used them to test the words of every teacher and preacher that came their way.  When they saw that what Paul and Silas were proclaiming was from the Scriptures and lined up with what God had taught, they opened their hearts to salvation and the Gospel message!

I want to encourage you to take up the same habit as the Bereans!  Do you study the Scriptures each day so that you know what God has said for yourself?  When you go to church, do you take your Bible and check out what the preacher is saying with what the Bible actually teaches?  When you listen to radio or TV preachers, are you discerning their messages by the Bible?  There is a great need for more Bereans in the church of America today!

Satan loves to deceive and knows the Scriptures too.  He often uses false teachers who take the Scriptures and distort their truths for financial gain or to gather a following.  God has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit to discern what is true and what is false.  Ask the Lord for the heart of a Berean each time you listen to the word of God preached!  It may save you from trouble and heartache!

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