These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
If ever there was a model for what the modern day church ought to be doing, it was the church at Berea. These individuals felt that it was absolutely important to make sure that what they were being taught had its basis in the Scriptures. I often find that there are many people within the church that do not know why they believe what they believe. They have simply taken someone else’s word for it. If you were to ask them to back up their beliefs, they would not know where to start. This is an absolute shame when there is so much Scripture to confirm the beliefs of the church. Why is it this way? I believe that it could be for a couple of reason. 1) The church has not always done a very good job teaching people. We have expected people to sit and listen and never question what is being taught. How awesome it would be if every church member started questioning their beliefs and comparing them with Scripture. 2) I also believe that some questions have just become too lazy. They do not want to have to dig through the Scriptures. They believe that is the pastor’s job. The church must begin taking ownership of their faith and get to the place where they could defend it without shame.