Eager to Receive and Diligent to Examine

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Testing Truth via the Holy Scriptures

A Berean Fellowship is a group of believers that are committed to searching the scriptures daily and testing what they hear others teach as being Biblically authoritative to discover whether or not what they say is actually so. 



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Receive, Examine, Conclude

In Acts chapter 17, we learn about some "noble Bereans" that were identified by Luke (the writer of the book of the Acts of the Apostles).  They were applauded because of these things cited in verse 11:

  1. Eager Reception: They received the Word with a ready mind
  2. Diligent Examination: They search the Scriptures daily
  3. Personal Conclusion: They came to their own conclusions based upon their own Biblical research

Acts 17:1-12

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:

And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.

And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.

And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

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