In reading through Acts we find opposition to the gospel over and over again: arrests, beatings, riots, etc. Then in Acts 17:10-12 we meet the Bereans who receive the gospel with great eagerness. Yet even in their desire to believe, they did not forsake their duty to check the validity of what Paul said: they “examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Doing our best to push and prod someone's message is not unbelief—it's due process. The Lord does not put doctrinal issues before us and force a quick decision. He allows time to tease out the details. I find it comforting that the Bible describes noble character as an open heart and healthy skepticism—gentle as doves and wise as serpents. We eagerly accept the message and we process the truth together in community; we are open to what God is doing here and now and we check everything to make sure it lines up with Scripture.
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