MONDAY, APRIL 25
That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea.
When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
Acts 17:10 (NLT)
Pioneers are in a class all their own. They are people who swim upstream against the ethical current of the day (like Noah). They are individuals who take on the Goliath of the day with no fear of defeat (such as David). As servants of God living grace filled values they accept injustice in a spirit of humility (example: Joseph). Take the founders of space travel, for example. Three innovative men, each unaware of the others, launched our world into the unexpected new era of space travel: (1) In 1903, Russian Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky first speculated that a rocket could travel beyond the earth’s atmosphere. (2) In 1923, Hermon Oberth, a Transylvanian-German developed the first mathematical formula for space travel. (3) In 1926, Robert H. Goddard launched the first liquid-propellant rocket from a farm near Auburn, Massachusetts. The individual endeavors of these pioneers would combine to eventually landing a man on the moon. (Chuck Swindoll. Bible Study Guide: Abraham. Insight for Living).
The Apostles and the early church were constantly swimming upstream, doing things that had not been done in places where the church hadn’t been. InActs 17:10, they escape Thessalonica by night for fear of persecution and escape to another town that needs the gospel. Berea, though considerably smaller than Thessalonica, still had enough Jews for a synagogue and as was his custom, Paul made a beeline for the place of Jewish worship. Paul did not take a rest break but sought to preach the Gospel immediately. Preaching the gospel in a Jewish synagogue was definitely swimming upstream.
Mike started our new series Sunday by reminding us that much of the Christian life goes against cultural norms. How do you feel culture is trying to pull you away from God and the Bible?
Praise God for the pioneers who made it possible for you to hear the gospel. Ask God to help you identify the parts of culture that are pulling you away from Him and to give you the strength to go against the flow.