However, when Paul arrived in Berea, a very different response awaited him. Verse 11 tells us “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Although the message was the same, the response was very, very different.
In Acts 17, we find the Apostle Paul evading the antagonistic Jews of Thessalonica by night and escaping into the town of Berea. The Thessalonian Jews turned hostile to Paul and his company as a result of jealousy over the conversion of many people when Paul “…reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying ‘This Jesus who I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.’ ” (vs.2b-3).
Because of our belief in the absolute authority, innerrancy, and sufficiency of Scripture, we at Berean Bible Church have adopted a similar mindset to that of the Bereans in Acts 17. We believe that if the truth is not taught, people will not be sanctified (John 17:17). Consequently, we strive to understand and explain every verse in order to “secure salvation for [ourselves] and those who hear [us]” (1 Timothy 4:16b). As we endeavor to explore and exposite the Word of God, we hope that this website will become a resource for you as you join us in “searching the Scriptures daily“.