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Don’t Assume Your Pastor is Right! You NEED to be a Biblical Berean Acts 17:11

What is a Berean and why does it matter?  The Bible teaches that those in Berea were listening to what Paul was teaching them about Jesus being the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, and that He died and rose again according to the Scriptures.  What is of interest is that they listened to Paul and what he taught them, but they did not assume what he was teaching them was automatically true.  In fact Acts 17:10-11 states they examined Paul’s teachings by examining what the Scriptures teach.  This is what a Berean is, and you should be a Berean yourself.

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In many churches there are Christians who do not examine what their pastors and leaders are teaching them, and this is a concern.  Sadly there are pastors and teachers who are not properly teaching the Bible, the Scriptures, the Word of God, and Christians are being misinformed and at times deceived.   Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:15, “to be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”  As the days draw closer to the return of Jesus Christ evil and false teachers will deceive people, and Christians need to be grounded properly on what we believe concerning Jesus Christ and the gospel message.  The teaching of 2 Timothy 2:15 is extremely relevant for today and Christians need to be more deliberate in studying the Scriptures to know truth from error.

Peter encouraged Christians to know what they believe about Jesus, the gospel message, and why they believe in Jesus and the gospel message.  In 1 Peter 3:15 it states to sanctify Christ Jesus as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to give an answer to those who ask you of the hope that is in you, and when you talk with people to do so with respect and gentleness.  1 Peter 3:15 is a popular text that people often cite for what is called Christian Apologetics, and rightly so.  However, to keep it simple, the text exhorts Christians to truly know Jesus Christ as their Lord, to know what they believe about Him and to be able to share that with non-Christians in a respectful way.

You need to be a biblical Berean, now more than ever.  As the day of the Lord draws closer times will get harder, evil will become worse, false teachers and prophets will deceive more and more people. In fact this is what the Bible teaches that will take place prior to Jesus’ second coming (Matthew 24:11, 22-24; 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Peter 3:3-18), and Christians need to be on guard. Jesus warned in Matthew 7:15 that false prophets would appear as sheep, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. Paul warned that false teachers would rise up from within churches, cause divisions, draw people after themselves, and lead people astray (Acts 20:28-31).    

Therefore, be a Berean, study the Bible, the Scriptures, know what you believe about Jesus and why you believe it, and be on guard against false teachers and false doctrines.  To be a biblical Berean talks deliberate and intentional effort, time, and patience. Seek the Lord daily in prayer, in reading and studying the Scriptures, and be in fellowship with other Christians so that you will continue to grow in your Christian walk and with the Lord Jesus.

Lord bless,

Berean Perspective Apologetics.

Kelly Powers

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