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The Name "Berean Missional Church"

The term "Berean" refers to the people of Berea who Luke spoke of as "More noble-minded than those in Thessalonica" (Acts 17:10-12). Bereans believed in the sufficiency, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture. They, "Received the Word with eagerness," and "Examined the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so." Many Jews and Greeks of Berea ended up believing as they searched the Scriptures because of their faith in the fact that the Scriptures would be self-attesting.

The term "Missional" refers to a God-centered, holistic understanding of the Great Commission. This idea is also seen in Christ's charge to His disciples: ". . . As the Father has sent me, I also send you" (John 20:21b). The implications of the mission's mandate for us are derived directly from the Trinitarian nature of God - Jesus sends us just as the Father sent Him (John 20:21-22). This emphasis causes Missional church members to see the church corporately and each individual as the instrument to fulfill God's mission.

As an example, the "Missional" church will embrace an understanding of participating in the mission of God as a call for every individual Christian to leave their place of security, and to travel to the place where others are. Missions, then, is always in the direction of the other, and away from ourselves. Some may take the imperative "Go" (Matt. 28:19) as a call to go overseas. Others may see the full God-centered "Missional" implication in that it is a call to "Go" to those in their own societies and overseas. In any event, it is a call away from our personal interests and toward others. The leaders of Berean Missional Church understand that our purpose is not to rework programs, but to rediscover our mission as the body of Christ. In short, we must become "Missional."