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January, 2015

New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me

PREACHING IN BEREA (Acts 17:10-15)

By Wayne S. Walker

     After the riot in Thessalonica, the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas, and we assume Timothy, to the city of Berea, about fifty or sixty miles to the west.  Berea was a city of southwest Macedonia, located at the foot of Mt. Bermius and situated on a tributary of the Haliacmon River.  Its origins appear to be lost in the mists of time.  It was counted in the third of the four divisions of Alexander the Great’s empire.  After the battle of Pynda in 168 B.C., it surrendered to the Romans.

When Paul and his company arrived in Berea, they went into the synagogue of the Jews to preach the word of God.  There, in contrast to the majority in Thessalonica, they found that the people were more noble or fair-minded and searched the Scriptures daily in order to determine whether the things which they heard were true.  This simply means that they were a fair and open-thinking group who were willing to study the teachings of Paul in light of what the Scriptures said.

Therefore, many of them believed, and not only just among the Jews but also among the Greeks, both women and men.  However, when the unbelieving Jews of Thessalonica heard that Paul was preaching in Berea, they came there also and stirred up a mob.   Therefore, the brethren sent Paul away to the sea, although Silas and Timothy stayed in Berea to help the new church.  The men who were conducting Paul brought him to Athens and he sent word by them back to Berea for Silas and Timothy to rejoin him as soon as possible.

Questions

  1. When Paul left Thessalonica, where did he go?
  2. In the new city, where did he and his company go?
  3. How are the people there described?
  4. What did they search to find out the truth?
  5. As a result of Paul’s preaching and their search, what did they do?
  6. Who stirred up trouble in that city?
  7. Where did the brethren send Paul?
  8. What did Silas and Timothy do?
  9. Where did the men conducting Paul take him to?

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