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MEMORY VERSE

1 Timothy 2:4

. . . who wants all to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  John 14:6 - I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Acts 17:10-12

Have you ever been lied to?  Have you ever had to search for the truth?  Then you should meet the New Testament Christians who lived in a town called Berea.

Paul traveled the world as a missionary telling people about Christ.  When he preached in Berea, his friend Luke wrote this about the Berean Christians:  “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17: 11)  What does that mean? 

It sounds like a compliment to be called noble.  What does “noble” mean?  It means to be distinguished by being excellent at something.  Why did Paul think the Berean Christians were so noble?

Three reasons:  first, they listened to Paul’s message about salvation through Jesus.  They didn’t mock it or ignore it.  They were excited and eager to hear more about Jesus.  Second, they didn’t just accept everything Paul said.  They went back to the Scriptures (in their case, that meant the Old Testament writings) and made sure that what Paul taught fit with what God’s word said.  Third, they read their scriptures daily.  This means they didn’t just go to the synagogue once a week.  They they read it—they studied it every single day.

If Paul were thinking about you, would he choose the word noble to describe you?  If you’re not sure, follow the Berean’s example:  listen to Jesus, be eager to learn more about him, and read the Bible daily.  You just might be surprised how amazing life is when you are a Berean!