by Ernest Easley

Making Known the Unknown God
Series: Back to the Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 17:10-34
October 5, 2008

We are learning these days from the book of Acts what it means to get back to the basics. Not only as a Christian .. but as a Church. But not only what it means .. but how to get there!
You say, "Pastor, how do we as a church get back to the basics of what God designed and desired from the beginning?" One member at a time! When one member seeks forgiveness from another member .. we're on our way! When one member refuses to allow their differences to hinder the work of God .. we're on our way! When one member decides to include private worship in their daily activities .. we're on our way!
That's how we'll get there: one member at a time. Now take God's Word and join me in Acts 17. Paul and Silas are still on their second missionary journey. This 17th chapter starts out by describing their work in Thessalonica .. the capital of Macedonia. Having taken the Old Testament .. Paul explained and demonstrated how the Old Testament was all about Jesus.
Some of them were saved. As a result .. opposition came and Paul and Silas headed to Berea. Let's pick it up beginning in verse 10: "10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 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 were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men."
We need to be more like the Bereans: they were willing to receive the Word of God. It's a part of getting back to the basics as His children and church. ".. they received the word with all readiness!" They were open to the Word! They were hungry for the Word. They were eager to hear the Word. Does that describe your appetite for the Wo ...

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