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Paul in Thessalonica and Berea

Acts 17:1-15
Paul and Silas are forced out of Thessalonica by a mob but the people in Berea listen carefully.
Contributed by Sweet Publishing
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After leaving Philippi, Paul and Silas travelled through the towns of Amphipolis and Apollonia to Thessalonica. They stayed as guests in the house of a man called Jason. – Slide 1
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As was Paul’s custom, on the Sabbath day, he went to the synagogue. For three Sabbaths in a row he explained from the Scriptures that God’s Saviour, the Messiah, must suffer and rise from the dead.  – Slide 2
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‘This Jesus I’m telling you about is the Messiah,’ said Paul. – Slide 3
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Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with many God-fearing Greek men and quite a few prominent women. – Slide 4
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But other Jews were jealous and gathered troublemakers from the marketplace to form a mob. They attacked the home of Jason, hoping to capture Paul and Silas. When they could not find them, they grabbed Jason and some of the other believers and dragged them before the city council. – Slide 5
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‘Paul and Silas have caused trouble everywhere,’ they shouted, ‘Jason has welcomed them into his home. They are all guilty of treason against Caesar, for they profess allegiance to another king, named Jesus.’ – Slide 6
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The city council, were thrown into turmoil by these reports. So the officials forced Jason and the other believers to hand over money as a guarantee they would banish Paul from the city. Then they released them. – Slide 7
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That night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.  – Slide 8
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The people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica. They listened eagerly and searched the Scriptures each day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. Many Jews and prominent Greek women and men believed in Jesus. – Slide 9
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However, when some Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching in Berea, they arrived to stir up trouble. – Slide 10
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The believers acted immediately sending Paul on to the coast, while Silas and Timothy remained behind. Those escorting Paul went with him to Athens. Then they returned to Berea with instructions for Silas and Timothy to hurry and join him. – Slide 11
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So Paul waited in Athens, but was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw in the city. – Slide 12
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