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Open Minds, Hearts, Ears (Acts 17:10-15)

February 25, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon brings to light the redemptive plan of God. Pastor Carter attests to the goodness of God in accomplishing His plans for His glory and the good of His people. The focus of this sermon is on the Goodness of God to send His Word and the faithfulness of God to save some in Berea.

The Goodness of God: The Son Sent

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 (Acts 17:10-11;ESV).

No sooner than Paul and Silas had ministered in Thessalonica, they had to prepare to leave this city abruptly due to the opposition developing (cf. Acts 17:1-9). God had other plans for Paul and Silas in a small city called Berea, despite the opposition. Truly, Berea did not have the notoriety of the larger cities such as Corinth, Thessalonica or Philippi, yet God sent these men to proclaim the necessity and sufficiency of Jesus the Messiah. Surprisingly, the believers in Berea received the Word sent to them concerning Christ by these missionaries with gladness while considering whether what they heard and saw corresponds with the Scriptures.

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The Faithfulness of God: The Son Received

Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed (Acts 17:12-15; ESV).”

Those, to whom God opened ears and minds, received opened hearts. Pastor Carter explains the folly of receiving a lot of information in your mind, but the information received does not change your heart (cf. Luke 24:25-32; John 13:17; James 1:22-25). In other words, the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings life to those who hear (John 5:24-25). In the Kingdom of God, there is no distinction (Galatians 3:27-29). Whether you find yourself in high standing or low standing economically, socially, cognitively, or emotionally, all need to hear the Gospel of Christ and receive Him as their only hope for salvation.

Have you received Jesus Christ?

Through the Word of God, the Spirit of God reveals to the people of God the glories of the Son of God (John 15:24-27). You can search the Scriptures for many things, but if that searching does not point to your need of Jesus the Christ, your searching is in vain (John 5:36-47). When Jesus comes into you life, you can never be the same (Acts 9:1-30, 22:1-22, 26:1-20; 1 Corinthians 15; Galatians 1).

Listen to this week’s full sermon for free and check out the sermon note below.

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