From Pastor Perry

01/02/2014 Acts 17:10-15


Acts 17:10–15 (ESV)
Paul and Silas in Berea
10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 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. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Yesterday’s reading and today’s reading are crucial on how we are to hear God’s Word.  Yesterdays is how the Word should be taught by the teacher.  Acts 17:2–3 “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.”  Today’s reading shows how God’s Word should be received by the hearer.  11 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.”  When we hear God’s Word, we should search the Scriptures to see if what we heard is true.  This makes me think of President Ronald Reagan who said “Trust, but verify”.  We often want to believe what we hear, but we need to use the Bible to verify that it is trustworthy.  This is why it is important to read the Bible.  It enables you to know and verify what you are hearing.  If your pastor is preaching God’s Word, it is important to verify it.  If you don’t, you may be walking down the wrong street.  A verse that speaks out against a lot of people and pastors comes from 2 Timothy 4:3–4 “3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

I pray: O Lord, help me to have a discerning heart and ears for your Word.  Help me to study it and to use it properly to guide and direct my life.  I pray for the Holy Spirit to help Christians to hunger for your Word.  Help us to verify and to know when your Word is taught in purity and truth.  Give Christians the strength to speak up when it is not true and to seek the truth.  Amen.

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09.10 | 11:35

I really love v.13 in this passage. It is both encouraging and comforting.

24.01 | 10:13

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13.12 | 15:29

HI this is I Frederick Demond Wilson. I hereby am solemnly here to forebare witnessing of His witness, our Creator.

27.05 | 16:27

Pastor: on my e mails, a note said that you were trying to contact me. Now,
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