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Week 2 Berea

Acts 17:10-15

Mikes Moments

·      10:00 Service.  Check out other service times.

·      Encounter Baptism 20th at 6:00pm. 
           o In Baptism we are denying every other identity and embracing our identity in Christ.

Scripture:

Acts 17:10-15

10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 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. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 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. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 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.

 

Since we have very little information about this specific Church, let’s start with the larger picture of what makes a church (the people) effective in the Bible. Than we will drill down into this specific church.

Big Idea:

Your identity is in Christ.  You are supernaturally empowered to do His work.

Opening:

There are two beautiful rhythms that we see throughout the Bible. 

They are a dance.  When they are operating well it’s beautiful.  When they aren’t it’s a mess.

 

The two rhythms are identity and activity.

 

Identity in Christianity is like finding the rhythm in dancing. Finding the rhythm must come before a good dance and knowing our identity in Christ comes before knowing what we should do as Christians.

 

Right Christian living is the movement.  It’s important, but it needs the rhythm (Identity) to guide it. 

 

In the Bible the dance is between the indicative and the imperative statements.

 

·      Indicative: An identity statement.

·      Imperative: The activity.

 

You are not a fully functioning Christian without both ingredients.

 

The indicative statement of what God has done and is doing always precedes the imperative statement of what God expects from us.- -Michael Allen PhD.

 

To the Text:

Acts 17:10-15

Berea

10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 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. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 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. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 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.

 

·      I want to talk about the word “believe.”

o   To us belief means we intellectually agree. In Jewish culture to believe in a Rabi meant that you adopted his ways and views.  They would even follow a Rabi around learning and mirroring him.  This is where we get the word Christian.  Literally “little” Christs. 

 

·      Things didn’t go all that well in Thessalonica and they landed in Berea while on the run.

o   Not every evangelistic endeavor will turn out the way you like.

·      The church in Berea was “more noble” because they received the message with a humble, receptive, and obedient heart. (NIV Application Commentary, 1994)

o   Take a moment and ask the question:  How hospitable is my heart towards the teachings and work of Christ?

o   They identified as followers of Christ. (Identity)

o   They lived noble. (Activity)

·      God is moving and so is the enemy.  Even in the wake of ministry success the opposition comes. 

o   Faithfulness and ease do not always exist together.

The Dance:

 

·      What is my identity in Christ? Indicative.

o   John 1:12

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

§  I have an everlasting relationship and identity.

o   1 Corinthians 12:27

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

§  I have a part to play and I am valuable. 

o   Ephesians 1:7

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

§  In Christ, my sins are forgiven. 

 

·      What is activity in Christ? Imperative.

o   Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

§  I have a purpose. 

o   Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

§  I have the power of Christ behind me when I share my faith and use my influence to display the ways of Christ to the world.

 

Big Idea:

Your identity is in Christ.  You are supernaturally empowered to do His work.

My identity is in Christ. I am supernaturally empowered to do His work.

 

Next Steps:

1.     Is there a new identity you need to accept? Identity

2.     Is there an area God is calling you to be obedient? Activity

 

 

Allen, R. M. (2016). ET101 Law and Gospel: The Basis of Christian Ethics. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Resources:

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ac 17:10–15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

 

Allen, R. M. (2016). ET101 Law and Gospel: The Basis of Christian Ethics. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

 

NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994. Pg. 459