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You Should Look Into That

Posted: Tuesday, June 26

 Pastor Tom Murray // Missions &amp; Christian Education

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education

One Year Bible Reading Guide

2 Kings 9:14-10:31
Acts 17:1-34
Psalm 144:1-15
Proverbs 17:27-28

Verse of the day: 

And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.  As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.  (Acts 17:11-12 NLT)


There’s nothing stopping you from investigating God’s message.  In fact, you are encouraged to search for the answers you seek.  

 

It gets even better.  You do not need to go to a priest, minister, shaman, rabbi or imam for access to God’s word.  You have direct access.

 

In the decades after Jesus died on the cross and defeated the grave, the Apostle Paul advanced the message of Christ during missionary journeys.  The community of Berea is one of the places where Paul preached.  He taught that Jesus is the fulfillment of promises that had been written down in what we now call the Old Testament.

 

The Bereans are described as “open-minded” people who “listened eagerly to Paul’s message” (Acts 17:11 NLT).

 

Yet, the Bereans wanted to verify the truth behind what Paul taught.  There are moments when we also have questions or uncertainty around something we read or hear about God.  In those moments, we can respond like the Bereans.  They, "searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth” (v. 11b).

 

The combination of being open-minded, listening to teaching and searching Scripture produced a great outcome in Berea. 

 

"As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men” (v.12).

 

What happened in Berea may be summed up in this equation:

 

Open-Minded + Listening to Teaching + Searching Scripture = Belief in Christ

 

Do not let your questions go unresolved.  Read the Bible with a confidence that your Heavenly Father knows your doubts and questions.  He stands ready to answer.