On To Berea & Athens

As soon as night came, the Thessalonian believers sent Paul & Silas on to the Greek city of Berea (280).  When they arrived, they went to the local Jewish synagogue, as usual.

The people in Berea were more open-minded than the people in Thessalonika. The Holy Spirit prompted them to listen eagerly to Paul’s messages.

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Every day they studied the inspired scriptures to see if what Paul said about Jesus was really true.  Many of them believed – including many Greek women of social standing & many Greek men of the city.

But when the unbelieving Jews in Thessalonika heard that Paul had preached the word of God in Berea also, they came there & again stirred up a mob. For his protection, the believers sent Paul away to the coast, while Silas & Timothy remained in Berea to care for the new church.

Paul’s escorts took him on to Athens.  Then they returned to Berea with instructions for Silas & Timothy to join Paul as soon as possible.

While Paul waited for them in Athens, he noticed how full of idols that city was.

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So he began teaching the good news of God’s kingdom in the synagogue — to the Jews & converted Gentiles who worshiped God.

But Paul also spent time in the public square every day, proclaiming Jesus to any people who happened to come by.

 

(280) Acts 17:10-17