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Am I Noble Minded?

What role should the intellect and reason play when we are seeking to share the Gospel with those who do not yet believe? What role should our mind play once we have trusted Jesus Christ? Practically, what is involved in loving God with “all our mind”? Evangelicals are often accused of being “anti-intellectual” – do you think this is a valid criticism?

In this section, Paul is said to “reason”, “explain”, “prove” as he proclaims Jesus Christ and his Gospel to the people of Thessalonica and Berea. In turn, some of the people are “persuaded” and others “examine the Scriptures” to see if what Paul is saying is actually true. Is it possible to trust and give your heart to something that your mind doesn’t find credible? Is Christianity “blind faith”?

According to Dr. Luke, what made the Bereans more “noble” than the Thessalonians? Given the plethora of religious opinions available today, how can we have a “healthy” skepticism without becoming closed-minded? What should be our standard by which we evaluate someone’s teaching – even if really amazing and miraculous stuff is happening? See Deut. 13:1-5

The word “reasoned” found in v. 2 is used ten times in Acts 17-24 and is the root of our English word “dialog”. If we really viewed sharing our faith as a dialog, what would change in our approach to those who don’t yet believe? How important is listening to good dialog? How important are questions?

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