“Following the Footsteps of Paul” – Trip Log: Paul in Berea

September 17, 2015

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

DSC_1418Acts 17: 10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women and men of high standing. 13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Beroea as well, they came there too, to stir up and incite the crowds. 14 Then the believers immediately sent Paul away to the coast, but Silas and Timothy remained behind. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and after receiving instructions to have Silas and Timothy join him as soon as possible, they left him. [1]

Two groups of sisters:  Wanda Williams, Joan Gist, Lyda Price Griffin and Peggy Price at the site where Paul preached in Berea
Two groups of sisters: Wanda Williams, Joan Gist, Lyda Price Griffin and Peggy Price at the site where Paul preached in Berea

Early this morning we boarded our two buses and drove from Athens to Thessaloniki. We stopped for lunch beside the Aegean Sea. After lunch some of us put our feet in the breathtakingly blue water. Late in the day we stopped in Berea at the site where the Apostle Paul preached and convinced many to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. There are three mosaic tile murals at the site. On the left, Paul is communicating with God through an angel. In the middle mosaic, Paul looks intense. The mural to the right has Paul holding the scriptures and speaking to a mixed crowd of men, women, Jews and Greeks.

Peggy Higdon and Shelly Norman Hill in Berea
Peggy Higdon and Shelly Norman Hill in Berea

I explained to our group the significance of Paul in Berea. In the light of the mixed and dangerous reception Paul received in Thessalonica, Berea was certainly a welcome stop. However, Paul was not in Berea very long before some of the mean spirited people from Thessalonica followed him and encouraged the people of Berea to kick him out..  Following my talk, Rev. Dr. Jimmy Womack led us in prayer.

I am writing this trip log quickly because we are preparing to leave for dinner shortly. Tomorrow we will tour Thessalonica. We just checked into the hotel, “Electra” which faces the sea. I will update this post with photos of this very classic hotel and our time earlier today at lunch by the sea. when we return from dinner. Thanks for reading and pray for our group.

Nick

Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Ac 17:10–15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.