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missions requires flexibility

Acts 17:10-15 (JDV)

Acts 17:10 As soon as it was night, the brothers and sisters sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. Upon arrival, they went into the Jewish synagogue.
Acts 17:11 The people here were more upper-class than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the word with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Acts 17:12 Consequently, many of them believed, including a number of the respectable Greek women as well as men.
Acts 17:13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul at Berea, they came there too, agitating and upsetting the crowds.
Acts 17:14 Then the brothers and sisters immediately sent Paul away to go to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed on there.
Acts 17:15 Those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving instructions for Silas and Timothy to come to him as quickly as possible, they departed.

missions requires flexibility

Penny and I were on the mission field from 1996 to 2017, and we never got bored. We were constantly going new places and doing new things, because the mission’s requirements were always changing. When we read about the constant change that took place as the first Christian missionaries did their work, we can understand that.

In today’s text, the missionaries were first proclaiming the gospel through formal teaching at the synagogue. Then, they had to deal with the opponents from Thessalonica who came to cause trouble. Then, they split up, Paul going on to Athens, while Silas and Timothy stayed behind in Berea to strengthen the new converts.

Lord, give our missionaries the flexibility they need to stay committed to you, and stay focused on sharing the gospel, no matter how much their daily work changes.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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