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THE CHURCH ALIVE
"Making Known the Unknown God"
January 11, 1998
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Now join me in Acts 17 as we continue under
the general heading: The Church Alive! The second
missionary trip of Paul and Silas took them to Berea
where they found an openness to the gospel.
Look if you will to verse 11, "These were more
fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they
received the word with all readiness, and searched
the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things
We need to be more like the Bereans! Don't
just take my word for it ... search the scriptures
yourself! Don't just take the word of an evangelist ..
search the scriptures yourself! Don't just take the
word of some TV preacher ... search the scriptures
The Bereans "searched the Scriptures daily to
find out whether these things were so." So .. Paul
and Silas found an openness to the gospel at Berea.
But they found something else. Not only an
openness to the gospel .. but an opposition to the
Verse 13, "But when the Jews from
Thessalonica learned that the word of God was
preached by Paul and Berea, they came there also
and stirred up the crowd."
Everywhere Paul went there was either a revival
or a riot! Those hounds of hell walked 60 miles to
Berea from Thessalonica to silence the preaching of
the Word of God! It's amazing how far the Devil's
crowd will go in order to silence the preaching the
Word of God!!
Next we read in verse 14, "Then immediately
the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea; but
both Silas and Timothy remained there. So those
who conducted (to set down,) Paul brought him to
Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and
Timothy to come to him with all speed, they
Now beginning in verse 17 we find Paul alone
in Athens waiting for Silas and Timothy to arrive.
Now .. Paul wasn't in Athens as a sightseer .. but as a
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