Monday, September 5, 2016

BE A BEREAN! - By Joel Finck

By Joel Finck

Scripture Reading: Acts 17:11

"If this is true, then why are there so many churches that  do not believe this way?"

This is the reaction we have heard countless times upon  explaining the Grace Message to someone. It is unfortunate,  but very typical, for people to initially reject something they  have never heard before ... especially if it conflicts with their  tradition! In Acts 17:11, we find a refreshing contrast to this  attitude. In fact in this verse, we find the balanced approach  we should all have when we are approached with some "new"  teaching.

First, the noble Bereans listened with open minds "in that  they received the word with all readiness of mind" (Acts  17:11a). One of the saddest conditions to be in is to reject Bible  teaching outright because it sounds "new." Of course, the old  saying is right. "If it is new, it is not true; and if it is true, it is  not new."

Remember that just because a teaching may sound "new"  does not necessarily mean it is. The apostle Paul's teaching  concerning the Mystery is as old as the first century when it  was revealed to him by the glorified Lord of heaven. Even  before that, it was in the very mind of God (Ephesians 3:9).

Secondly, the Bereans balanced their open-mindedness  with a holy skepticism. They were "from Missouri" saying,  "Show me!" Luke records, "They searched the Scriptures daily  whether those things were so" (Acts 17:11b). This is the  attitude we too must have, for there are many false doctrines  floating around in our world today. We must search the  Scriptures, rightly divided (II Timothy 2:15), so we will not be  tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of  doctrine .... " (Ephesians 4:14).

  How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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