Contrast Thessalonica and Berea

RE Verse reading–Acts 16:25-34, Acts 17:1-34 (day four)  What was the response that Paul received in Thessalonica?  Chap. 17:4 tells us that some believed, but others were jealous and set the city in an uproar.  Paul and Silas moved on to Berea where they were more noble-minded and they received the word with eagerness (17:11).  It was not until the Jews from Thessalonica came to Berea and stirred up the crowds, that Paul and Silas had to leave the city.  Followers from each city…some believed, some rejected!  It is like that anytime the gospel is shared.  What were the long term results of these witnesses?  Timothy was later sent back to Thessalonica and gave testimony to a strong church thriving in the city.  More resistance, more persecution…but a strong church!  That is often the case…more persecution leads to strength of faith.  We don’t hear much about Berea after this experience, but Thessalonica is known to us all.

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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