Ministering at Berea

Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 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. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they came there also and stirred up the crowds. 14 Then immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but both Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed. — Acts 17:10-15.

After the disturbance at Thessalonica with the assault on Jason’s house, the brethren send Paul and Silas away to Berea at night. On arriving there, they go into the synagogue and preach the gospel there. The Bereans are more fair-minded than the Thessalonians. They readily receive the word and search the Scriptures daily for confirmation. Many of them, including Greeks, men, and women, believe and accept the word and are converted to Christ. When the Jews from Thessalonica learn that the word of God was preached by Paul at Berea, they come there also and stir up the crowds. The brethren immediately send Paul away by sea. But Silas and Timothy remain there. Those in charge of Paul bring him to Athens. On receiving Paul’s command to join him immediately, Silas and Timothy depart from Berea.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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