Our Senior Pastor, Rob Nelson, shared a word that I would love to share with you.
The last several months we have been studying through the book of Acts. We have seen so many miraculous things happen in the Word and have been encouraged seeing the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles. This week, we found ourselves in chapter 17. Here is the account of Paul's ministry in Berea:
"The brothers sent Paul and Silas off to Berea at once, during the night. When they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue. These Jews were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they eagerly received the message, examining the scriptures carefully every day to see if these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with quite a few prominent Greek women and men" (Acts 17:10-12; NET)
The Bereans searched the scriptures to confirm what Paul and Silas were teaching. What made the Bereans more open-minded? Theses were people who were confident in the Word of God, the scriptures. With every new thing, they would search the scriptures because they had confidence in what God has already said. For this reason, they were secure enough in new things that were being taught. If it didn't line up with scripture, they would know right away, and they wouldn't be moved by every wind of doctorine.
I would encourage every believer to examine the scriptures. There are a lot of weird ideas out there and a lot of "new" things that come up. But if we have CONFIDENCE in the WORD, then we can be SECURE enough to hear new things and not be scared, but rather discerning. When we are familiar with the Word of God, we see ourselves with more of an open mind like the Bereans.
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