Acts 17:10-12 – The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 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. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
Without question, there is a lesson for us to learn from the people of Berea. Whenever you see the Bible commend someone with such clarity as is here, it is a commendation that you should take to heart. The people of Berea were noble, far more so than the people of Thessalonica. So, you want to have that kind of nobility in your own life, because the Bible makes it clear that this is good.
What made the Bereans so noble? They were noble because they received the teaching of the apostles willingly, but they also examined the scriptures daily to find out if what they said was true. This should, and in fact must, be the pattern of all of the people in our churches who want to be noble followers of Christ. Christians should be willing and even eager to hear the teaching of men of God. But, they should not be willing to blindly accept or reject that teaching. It is the duty of every person in the church to examine the scriptures upon hearing the teaching of men to find out whether or not such teaching is true.
As a pastor, there are few things that I like to hear more than an honest question. I do not mean that I enjoy an arrogant challenge from someone who simply does not like a particular doctrine. I do, however, love a genuine question from a sincerely seeking heart. I love to hear that the people of the church have searched the scriptures, and they want to know how what I have taught lines up with the rest of the word of God. And if Paul and I have anything at all in common, I am sure that the Bereans thrilled his heart too.
Lord, I pray today for the church that I serve. Please help them to be like the Bereans. Help them to be noble. Help them to receive the teaching of your word with gladness. Help them to search the scriptures faithfully, and to prove everything with the word of God. Help me to preach to them truths from your word just as you want me to.