S3EP13 - Berean Lifestyle

Hello and welcome to season 3 episode 13 of The Berean Manifesto: 10 minutes or so a week of faith, hope, and love for the modern Christian. I’m Pastor Newms of The Ekklesian House we are going to be continue building on the foundation of what we are and what we should be in the start of this year 2021 today we will be discussing The Berean Lifestyle. 

Now for those of you that might have joined us later than other or this is one of your first broadcasts you are hearing from the Ekklesian house you might be wondering why the Berean Lifestyle. For those of you that have been with us for a while, here is my side and take on what Pastor Bill has taught on before. When this is what is written about the Berean’s in “Acts 17:10-12 As soon as it was night, the brothers and sisters sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. Upon arrival, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 The people here were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica since they received the word with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.  12 Consequently, many of them believed, including a number of the prominent Greek women as well as men.”

Now I want to point out a few things from this scripture, first is that Berea is a place and the Bereans are the people there. I know that one was hard to get. Second, is that we will see that Paul and Silas went to the temple first as they normally did. Third, the people of Berean always ensured that they would search the scripture to prove teachings.  This is something that is very important that we will speak on more in a few. Lastly, we will notice that many believed in Jesus including many Greeks which shows us that Paul and/or Silas also preached out the temple. 

Now I really want to focus on the third thing that we talked about before. For all of you who thought just now… oh no which was the third, I got you. The people of Berea always ensured that they would search the scripture to prove teachings. Now one might say that they were sceptics, and the teaching of scripture should always be listened to, but I want look at two places where the Scriptures say to prove or test. 
The first place I want to look at is 1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  Now we see here that John tells us to always test spirits because you don’t know where they come from.  We have a lot of false teachers and/or people who just never studied trying to teach things that aren’t true. One I love to hear I still find myself using because of the idea, is “well you know the Bible says to Love the sinner and hate the Sin” well it doesn’t, per say.  There is nowhere that I know of or can find that says that.  We have places that say love everyone like Matt 5:43-44 and we have places that say to hate evil like Ps 97:10 but nowhere that compiles them. Now that is harmless one, but what about the people that teach that “God hates Gays” or “well you know sinners burn in hell”. We know that God loves all “John 3:16 For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” and that he forgives sin “Colossians 1:13-14  He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.  14  In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  

Now I want to look at “2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear.”  This verse sums up our day to a tee.  We see this all around us in politics, friend groups, activists, and sadly the Church.  We have a ton of churches that are not working together as the capitol C Church because of small doctrinal differences. As humans if we have no friends that disagree with us in any way how are we to grow in any ideologies.  We won’t.  The bible says in Proverbs 27:17 that “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.” If we do not help our fellow Christians to sharpen each other and help to root out false teachings and bad doctrine we cannot hope to survive as a Church united during these to use a phrase I have begun to hate “these unprecedented times”

This is Pastor Newms, until next time…. Oh, and always remember we love y'all.

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