Here is a factoid you might find interesting.
We find in Acts 17 the apostle Paul is run out of town after he preached to the folks there in Thessalonica. His next stop was a town called Berea. You’ll find the story in verse 1-11.
What happened in there caught my attention. When the Bereans heard Paul’s preaching, they opened their scrolls to verify what he told them was true.
Think about this a moment. Here was the great and saintly apostle – the same guy who ended up writing virtually half of the New Testament – yet the Bereans didn’t simply accept Paul’s words without first doing their homework. They checked out for themselves what Paul taught them, ‘examining the scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (verse 11).
Application time: If the Bereans – whom the author of Acts identified as “more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica” – if the Bereans felt it prudent to authenticate what the great St. Paul taught them, how ought we behave when we hear or read what others tell us – whoever it is who tells us – about Christ and the gospel message?