I want to point out an important point from today’s Bible reading, in Acts 17. In Acts 17:2-3, we see that
As usual, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and rise from the dead: “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah.”
Acts 17:2–3 (CSB)
And in Acts 17:11
The [Bereans] here were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, since they received the word with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Acts 17:11 (CSB)
In both cases, Dr. Luke tells us by example that it’s important to read and study our Bible. We always need to be ready to tell people about Jesus. (1Peter 3:15) And we must be familiar enough with the Bible that we can point people to key Scriptures where we see those truths.
(Note, I didn’t say that we need to know key Scriptures that back up what we say. That sounds like we’re trying to make Scripture back up our view instead of getting our view from Scripture.)
Each year in our church, we memorize twelve Bible passages, each aimed at helping us to do just that. Here’s a link to this year’s Bible Memory verses. Spend a little time each day committing them to memory.
You never know when you’ll need to pull a Bible verse or two out of your quiver to share the Gospel with someone … or even to preach the Gospel to yourself!
This devotional was modified from one published on February 14, 2019.
* Chapters covered in today’s reading: