April 30, 2017
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. ACTS 17:11
Isn’t it curious that Luke would make this comparison? Clearly the Berean Jews stood out to him as Christians who took the scriptures very seriously. Don’t you wonder what Dr. Luke might conclude if he visited us here at Grace?
This last Sunday we finished our preaching series in the first eleven chapters of Genesis. And that means that here at Grace we will dedicate this coming Sunday to reflecting on what God has said to us.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. ISAIAH 55:10-11
That’s a promise. And since the word of God is living and active (HEBREWS 4:12), like rain and snow it causes vegetation to spring up in our hearts, eventually yielding food that nourishes both us and others. God’s word is always on a mission, and it never fails to accomplish the purpose for which it was sent.
So how will we ever know how God’s word has been at work in us unless we talk about it? That’s what this Sunday is for. The sermons are all online here, if you need a memory boost, or you missed a sermon or two.
Would you pray that God will remind you of just how these sermons in Genesis have impacted you? And, once reminded, would you pray about sharing a specific takeaway so that the rest of us can be encouraged? Like those Berean Jews, did you receive the message with great eagerness? Then tell us about it. We’d love to know. And this Sunday is your opportunity.