Wednesday, June 28 – Acts 17:13

Jun 27, 2023

But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 

 

Where there were eager listeners of the gospel, there was also eager opposition. So eager was this opposition to the gospel message that they were mission-minded about it. As Paul set out on mission to preach the gospel message the Jews of Thessalonica set out on mission to end it. They traveled forty-five miles to cause problems so that Paul would have to leave that city too.

 

But Acts 20:4 assures us Paul continued to disciple the new believers in Berea. At the same time, he would not let any opposition end his eagerness to explain and give evidence of the risen Christ to all who would receive Him.

 

In Matthew 10:14, Jesus told His disciples, “And whoever does not receive you nor listen to your words, as you leave that house or city, shake the dust off your feet.” Jesus sent His disciples out to proclaim the good news, but they were not obligated to continue to preach to people who refused to listen. Paul followed this maxim of Jesus in his missionary journeys. When it became obvious the people would not listen, he moved on to the next city or town—courageous to continue proclaiming Christ and prayerful that the gospel message would spread.

 

  • Why do you think the Thessalonians went to such great lengths to try to stop Paul’s influence?
  • How did Paul’s personal experience with Jesus, including his trials on his journeys, cause his influence to be even greater? How do your experiences, both good and bad, add to your ability to impact the world around you?
  • Thank God for continuing the spread of the gospel, even where there is opposition. Ask Him to teach you to be patient and bold like Paul, developing in you a heart to know His Word so that you can effectively proclaim the gospel in every circumstance.
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