Being Bereans

31 days big

Yesterday’s topic, sola scriptura, is discussed in a lot of places and called by lot of other names: Bible-believing, fundamental, bibliocentric, to name a few. It’s a big deal. All of these come with their own connotations, but the denotation is the same: we believe the Bible, and we believe it is enough. We deny “prima scriptura,” which means scripture first but allows for oral and written tradition outside the Bible to also teach us how to foster a relationship with God.

That’s really where I stop.  Man sinned, God judged, Jesus saved, Spirit came, the Bible truthfully and completely describes all of this. From there, doctrines are useful, not Scripture. They are “jumping-off points.” Good ideas for you to ponder, examine, search through. Fun to debate, not worth killing a friendship over.

Read Acts 17:11: Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

“These Jews” are the Jews of Berea, or the Bereans. Be together noble like they are. It’s wonderful, independently and in groups, to receive words, to listen to wisdom, to hear ideas. The study of anything is improved by many individuals sharing ideas, discussing thoughts, and moving forward in new knowledge. Likewise, the study of anything is ruined if those individuals take their eyes off of what they are studying and talk merely to puff themselves up.

Remember that nowhere in the fruits of the Spirit are the words “logic” and “being right all the time.” Remember in your discussions to defend and discuss Scripture, and not “Apollo” (or Calvin/Arminius/Luther/Rome). Remember what love is, and how eternal it is compared to knowledge. Remember how we are supposed to treat our fellow believers.

Well, now that that’s done, I promise we’ll get back to the “Solae”! We’ve got a couple more terms to define first, though…

See you tomorrow!

-Strings

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