The Noble Bereans

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. Acts 17:11

Two quick obser­va­tions: The Bere­ans (“these Jews”), when they assem­bled togeth­er, were eager to hear the word preached to them. They did­n’t gath­er for pro­grams, musi­cal per­for­mances, or any of today’s church­es’ gim­micks. They were eager for the message.

Sec­ond, while they were eager to hear the word, they did­n’t accept it blind­ly. Today’s pros­per­i­ty preach­ers, cult lead­ers, and self-esteem gurus would­n’t last a week with the Bere­ans, for what they taught would be tried against the Scrip­tures, and if what they were pro­claim­ing did­n’t jive, they would have been reject­ed. Notable here is that the Bere­ans did­n’t have New Tes­ta­ment; they dug into the Old Tes­ta­ment when test­ing what Paul preached. A New Tes­ta­ment church using the Old Tes­ta­ment to fact-check preach­ers. That’s an inter­est­ing idea, no? If any­one tries to con­vince you that the Old Tes­ta­ment is irrel­e­vant, think of the Bereans.

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