Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 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.
Acts 17:10–11 (NKJV)
When Paul and Silas were effectively driven out of Thessalonica they made their way to Berea. The Berean’s were called more fair-minded (noble in some translations) for two reasons:
- “They received the word with all readiness.” In other words, they listened to what Paul and Silas had to say.
- They “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” The Bereans didn’t listen for listening’s sake (as opposed to the Athenians in v 21) but they checked the Scriptures daily to see if what they were hearing was so.
So what does it mean to ‘Be a Berean’ today? It means learning to listen to others, especially those we disagree with, and then going to Scripture to see if what they are saying is so. This is not easy. We like hearing those who agree with us, but tend to argue and fight vigorously with those who propose an idea we don’t like.
The Be A Berean Network is a place to share our ideas and search the Scriptures to see if those ideas are so. Are you up to the challenge? If so, then register for the network and join us as we walk out our faith trying to be more fair-minded, and maybe even more noble, than we were when we began.