Be a Berean
Acts 17:11 – “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” Also read Acts 17:10-12
Could you ever imagine questioning the great Apostle Paul? After all, Paul wrote most of the New Testament. He was the world’s greatest missionary and lived his life completely for the Lord. But he was still a man and he was very aware of that. So when he and Silas went to a place called Berea, they went to the Jew’s place of worship (the synagogue) and began to preach Jesus to them. The Bereans gladly listened to what Paul was saying but they wanted to make sure it was right, so they began to compare what he was saying with the Scriptures. Did Paul’s teaching match what was revealed in the Scriptures or was it different?
Now Paul could have got upset about this. He could have said, “How dare they question what I am teaching, I am an apostle!” But Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit and responded in love. He encouraged them to check out what he was teaching. In fact, he even told them that they were doing a good thing in that they were checking his teaching with the Scriptures. What did Paul have to worry about? His teaching completely lined up with the Bible. He wanted people to go to the Word to find out if what he was saying was true.
What was the result? Many people believed in Jesus! How exciting! We should also be a Berean and we should always compare what we hear to the Bible. The Lord will show us whether or not what we are hearing is in line with His Word. The more that we know His Word the better we can tell what is true and what is a lie.
• How can you be a Berean?
• What are some ways that you can think of that will help you to get to know the Word better?
• Pray and ask the Lord to help you to know His truth better through His Word.
Kid’s Bible Dictionary
Bereans: People from Berea who tested what Paul said by comparing it with the Word of God.