We all know what sins are, but let me focus for a moment on hindrances. Hindrances are those things that may not be sins, but still keep you from living a life totally surrendered to God. Imagine you are at a track meet, and they’re lining up for the 100 meter dash. Everyth … More
Not wanting to cause further trouble for Jason or the Christians, Paul and Silas left Thessalonica (v. 10) at night and traveled southwest to Berea, about 45 miles away. It is thought that Timothy had stayed back in Philippi and caught up with them later. An all-too-familiar problem of missionary work occurs when organized religion joins forces with civil authority to hinder the work of the Lord. An example of this is what happened in Russia with the Orthodox church after communism fell. However God is not intimidated by local magistrates, or confounded by entrenched religious leaders.
One would have thought that Paul would have been fed up with synagogues, but as usual, when they arrived in Berea, they went to the synagogue. Paul was born a Jew, and he realized that no matter how bitterly he might be persecuted by the unbelieving Jews, there was always the believing remnant. They found a group of people who were keenly interested in studying the Old Testament; as it says they “searched the Scriptures daily” (v. 11).
Once again the unbelieving Jews from Thessalonica heard that Paul and Silas were ministering in Berea, and they came to stir up the people (v. 13). As before, Paul had to leave town quietly to avoid more trouble for the Christians. This time the believers in Berea out-smarted the enemy by taking Paul to the sea, and putting him on a ship headed for Athens (v. 14). Timothy and Silas stayed behind to strengthen the new converts. Paul left “the brethren” who loved him. Being a Christian puts us in a worldwide family that we can fellowship with no matter where we go.
A strong church grew in Thessalonica under adversity, while none was born in Berea. I just need to remember that God may allow hard times to come my way so I can grow.
The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
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Acts 14:1-7Opposition/Rejection From the Iconium Crowd
Acts 14:8-12Paul and Barnabas Refute People’s Worship
Acts 14:13-20From "God” to "Stoning” – Paul Still Committed to Preach
Acts 14:21-28Paul and Barnabas Share their Ministry with Supporters
Acts 15:1-5Jerusalem Council–Divisions Re: Circumcision
Acts 15:6-11Jerusalem Council–Discussion Re: Moses’ Law
Acts 15:12-18Jerusalem Council–Decisions Based on God’s Word
Acts 15:19-29Jerusalem Council–Decisions for Unity
Acts 15:30-41Paul and Barnabas Disagree About John Mark
Acts 16:1-5Paul & Timothy – New Ministry Duo
Acts 16:6-10Paul – Flexibility in the Itinerary
Acts 16:11-15Lydia–Conversion to Christ and Hospitality Offered
Acts 16:16-34Paul & Silas – Praising God While In Prison
Acts 16:35-40Paul’s Ministry Produces "People” Change
Acts 17:1-9Paul & Silas – Trust God’s Strategy for Ministry
Acts 17:10-15Obstacles that Hinder the Work of the Lord
Acts 17:16-34Religion ... Ridicule ... Results
Acts 18:1-4Paul Adapts to His Audience
Acts 18:5-11Opposition Enhances Ministry Results
Acts 18:12-17Paul’s Roman Citizenship On Trial
Acts 18:18-23God Works His Will in His Servants
Acts 18:24-28Tactfulness–Words That Work Mightily
Acts 19:1-7The Holy Spirit is a Person
Acts 19:8-16Miracles Performed by Paul for Authentication
Acts 19:17-22Beware of Cult Practices
Acts 19:21-41Results of Religious Greed
Acts 20:1-6Discipleship Despite Difficulties
Acts 20:7-12When, Where, How & How Long to Worship
Acts 20:13-21Paul–An Example of Faithfulness
Acts 20:22-24Paul’s Determination To Go To Jerusalem
Acts 20:25-31Paul’s Warning to the Ephesian Elders
Acts 20:32-38Paul Shares About Giving