Acts 17:1–9 (ESV)
Paul and Silas in Thessalonica
17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining
and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout
Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6 And when they could not
find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar,
saying that there is another king, Jesus.” 8 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. 9 And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.
Paul and Silas continue their missionary journey of spreading the Gospel. One verse that really speak out is verse 2 and 3: And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining
and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” Notice that Paul and Silas are not telling fluffy feel good stories to the people.
Unfortunately, a lot of preachers today and delivering fluffy sermons with no Biblical content. Hey... let’s just go down to the library for story time! No... Paul and Silas diligently teach from the Scriptures. In fact, it says “as
was his custom... he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead.” They were teaching straight from the Bible. I remember hearing Joel Osteen say
that he writes his sermon and tries to find scripture to fit it. That is SO BACKWARDS and wrong. You start with the Scriptures and build your sermon on, and around God’s Word. This is one of the things I find so attractive about the
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, is that the Bible is our Rule and Norm. The Lutheran Church is built on Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone. Paul and Silas used the Scriptures and reasoned with them and spread the Gospel to many people, yet
not all believed.
I pray: O Lord, help me to hunger for your word, to study it through and through, and to use it as a spiritual weapon to sharing the Gospel. Let the Holy Spirit work through your
word to convict and convert people into believers of Jesus Christ. Help me to effectively reach out and to share with others in 2014. Amen.