Preaching Christ at Thessalonica
Acts 17:1-3, NKJV
“Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.””
During Paul’s second missionary Journey, he visited Thessalonica with Timothy and Silas. For three consecutive Sabbaths, he visited a Jewish synagogue to preach about Jesus Christ. Many believed what he said but certain Jews who were envious of the Gospel formed a mob and started a riot. The riotous crowd went to the house of Jason seeking Paul and Silas but they were not found. Instead they dragged Jason and some brethren to the city magistrate and accused them of wrongdoing. However, after a short while, the rulers of the city let them go.
Paul and Silas were soon sent by the brethren out of the city to Berea, about 72km to the west of Thessalonica.
Ministering at Berea
Acts 17:10-11, NKJV
“Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 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.”
When the news of Paul and Silas preaching in the synagogue reached the Jews in Thessalonica, they came to Berea to stir up the crowds. Immediately the brethren sent Paul away, to go to the sea and brought him to Athens.