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Want to Be a Berean?

I don’t know how many times I have heard sermons and discussions revolving around the Bereans. The Bereans were Jews that were open to the message of the Gospel and investigated the Scriptures to test what Paul and Silas told them. The passage that contains this reference is Acts 17: 10-11 and it says:

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. -ESV

It is a great thing to be like these Jews who searched the Scriptures; examining if what Paul and Silas were preaching was actually true. However, to do that would require time and effort.

Time is a precious commodity that a lot of people say they do not have enough of. Many people I have discussions with talk about the lack of time they have. They can’t get everything done they need to get done. If you want to be like a Berean you need to make time to study Scripture. To dive into Scripture, or anything for that matter, takes discipline and time. It is hard to investigate truth when we never make any time for it.

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Attention spans seem to be decreasing in our culture where 140 characters (Twitter) are read way more than books are. Stories are shorter when they are crammed into a 2 hour long feature film. Most people do not have the attention span needed to study Scripture because they are bombarded with snippets of information and never have time to dive deeper. Increase your attention span  by practicing. Make time, and give the proper effort and the attention needed will grow.

We all need to be like the Bereans of Acts 17 but I fear manner of us are not in a position to do so. We need to make time for God’s word. We need to put in the effort studying God’s word. And we need to increase our attention spans to digest God’s word.

Be like the Bereans.

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on December 26, 2011, in Christianity, Culture, Life, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. After 22 years as a Christian I am still learning from Scripture and probably will do for the rest of my life. The Bible is a wonderful set of books, which I have read through about 27 or more times but I am often still visiting various passages and get insights I couldn’t see at other times. It is hard for those who have never read the Bible or who have read little of it and for them it helps to have guidance of some sort. The Bible is so filled with information that it takes time and, as you say,attention but also discipline to gain something from it. How many people check their Bibles to see if what is being preached in the pulpit or elsewhere is actually written there?

    Shirley Anne xxx

  2. I often think that the sin of being too busy is much deeper than we realize. God promises that our time in scripture will not be void, I think that’s why the temptation to be too busy is so great. The challenge is to create a sermon that causes people to want to read the Bible after they’ve heard it, not settle with the spoon feeding they’ve just received!
    Good thing Scripture is so powerful, even when it’s read in small doses-how long until we have a Twitter version of the Bible!?

  3. Yes, spoon feeding is bad but I think a lot of pastors are trying to simply get the message across and most often spoon feeding is what they feel is needed. We, as Christians, should have a hunger to understand the Scriptures more fully. This does not seem to be the case in most of the places I have seen.

    Thanks for reading and commenting,

    Travis

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