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Events in Berea During Paul's Second Missionary Journey
#6 Paul and Silas escaped by night and came to Berea, a small town off the main road, about fifty miles from Thessalonica. They entered the synagogue and preached so that many of them believed.
Angry Jews from Thessalonica pursued him, however, and forced him to withdraw. Leaving Silas and Timothy in Macedonia, he proceeded to the seacoast with the help of some of the Berean believers. Leaving instructions for his companions to rejoin him as soon as possible, he departed to Achaia.
(See Acts 17:10-15)
Matthew 16:18 "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Jesus promised that He would build His church and that the "gates of Hades" would not prevail against it. Paul had set out this second time, around 51 A.D. to re-visit those churches that he had help to establish. He was very aware that it was not his responsibility to plant the churches, or to maintain and protect them, but that he was just an instrument in Godís eternal purposes.
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