Acts 17:14 & 15

"The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible." NIV translation

We are told here that the jealous religious leaders were successful in getting Paul to leave Berea but Silas and Timothy stayed there for a period of time.

This is a very good reminder of why it is important to teach those that God brings alongside us in ministry to carry on without us.  

Even after Paul was driven out, we can be sure that Silas and Timothy continued to strengthen the new Christians in Berea. It should always be about the Message and not the messenger!

Acts 17:16 & 17

"While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there." NIV translation

Paul wasn't just kicking back waiting on the others to arrive. We see that he was hurt by the fact that the city was full of idols and he felt that it was his duty to tell them about the one true God. As was his pattern, he went and spoke in the local synagogue but we see that he also shared in the marketplace. This passage can remind us that we are to take our faith out into the world and to share it with whomever God places in our path. That is what Jesus did and what Paul did in Athens.

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