"And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so." (Acts 17:10) Forget about the goofy Gangnam style craze that swept the country a short time ago. It's time for Berean Style to start sweeping the church across the globe!
For over 20 years, I've had the privilege of being involved in apologetics ministry. During that time, Acts 17 has been one of the key passages used to challenge Christians to take their faith seriously, and rightfully so. I can't tell you how many times I've heard or personally used the challenge to "Be like the Bereans!"
Well, I did some digging to see if there's anything specific that we can learn from them and I'm excited to report that what I found was very encouraging.
The "motto" for Reasons for Hope (rforh) is that when it comes to our faith we need to Know it! Live it! and Share it! One with out the other is worthless.
By that I mean, you can have all of the answers in the world and beat everybody up with your I.Q. and still be worthless in the service to the Lord. The reason for this is that if your life and your lips aren't in sync, then it's called hypocrisy and that is one of the most often claims against Christianity in the world today.
It's a pretty simple formula: Doing the right thing! + Wrong motives! = Worthless!
When our life and lips are in sync with the Lord's Will, it's amazing what happens.
[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]