Pastors Heart Good Bereans

Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica,
for they received the word with great eagerness,
examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so
(Acts 17:11).

Some people are more noble-minded than others. The Greek word for noble-minded is eugenes (from which Eugene) –meaning well-born, well-bred. God is telling us that the people of Berea were a cut above, a better class when it came to how they received His Word.1 And how did they receive it? With great eagerness. Here again the wording is interesting2. The Greek is prothumia and the idea is they consistently received the Word of God with all readiness of mind. They were ready to listen to what Paul was preaching, ready to receive it as the word of God, which it is.

At the same time, what were they doing after his sermons? Examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. This too shows their noble-mindedness – they were an exceptional class : ) Now you might think, ‘Why would they have to examine the Scriptures daily? One possibility is that Paul was preaching daily. Another possibility is that daily does not mean every single day, but means that on the days Paul taught them, the Bereans were examining the Scriptures later that day to see whether the things he taught them were so3. Anyway…the Lord commends these people for the way they received God’s word, and He commends them in writing, for our sakes.

Beloved, we do well to be like the Bereans. I rejoice that many of you are. You are good listeners. You follow along in your Bibles. You track with your teachers. In love you even tell us when we mess up. Personally, I love that! As you know we’re not professionals nor are we perfect. We make mistakes. One of us4 recently taught that Solomon was the fruit of David’s adultery with Bathsheba. Sometimes we say ‘Paul says’ when we meant to say Peter or John. Sometimes we don’t express ourselves clearly, and sometimes we can be just plain wr..wr..wr..wr…5 : )

So let me be clear. Beloved, bring your Bibles with you to church. Open them whenever someone is preaching or teaching. Follow along closely – listen with all readiness of mind. Search the Scriptures to make sure what we say is so. If it’s not, be nice6! By taking these simple steps, you can strengthen your faith in Christ, help your family become noble-minded, and even influence visitors to the church in a positive way7.

With sincere love for you all, and for your progress and joy in the faith,

Pastor John

1 By the way, you wonder how they come to be this way. Maybe it had to do with good upbringing!
2 The wording is always interesting. And you can easily learn about the wording in your Bible with 2 basic tools – a concordance and a lexicon. If you’re interested in learning how to use them, let me know!
3 This is probably the better understanding. The Greek is literally ‘according to the day.’
4 Ok ok it was me! : )
5 For you Happy Days fans. All others can figure it out : )
6 See Proverbs 19:11 and think about it’s application here.
7 At age 26 I visited a solid Bible church as an unbeliever. Their love for His Word still encourages me!