Search God’s Word As the Bereans Did
study and apply God’s word
Anchor command. Make disciples who obey Jesus’ commands above all else. Matt. 28:18-20
Anchor promise. “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but
on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’“ Matthew 4:4
Anchor story. The wise and foolish builders. Matthew 7:24-27
Anchor verse. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for
teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that
the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy
Learning goal. Value the wealth of wisdom and redeeming truth in the
Growth goal. Learners will study God’s Word with the strong intention
to put it into practice.
Skill goal. Effectively teach their own disciples and friends the Word
Outcome goal. Many believers will
train many others to use God’s Word skillfully.
Prayer: “Our Father in heaven, help us to
interpret Your Word accurately, and to store it in our hearts.”
from the Bereans
how to use God’s Word.
Read the story of the Bereans in Acts 17:10-12 and find in it two
ways in which the Bereans responded to the gospel.
1. Plan with coworkers activities to do during the week.
¨ Have each family read or recall by
memory the story of the Bereans, Acts 17:10-12, and talk over how they will
apply its lessons as a family.
2. Plan with coworkers the upcoming worship time
each family to know what the Bereans did, and do the same.
older children teach younger ones
who teach children should read study #26 for children.
the children present what they have learned to the adults.
1. Main instruction. Prepare your heart
and mind with God’s word.
in 1 Peter 1:14-22 several things that God’s truth should produce in our
in 1 Peter 1:24-25 for how long God’s Word will remain in us.
in 2 Timothy 3:10-17 what Paul wrote to Timothy:
things did Timothy observe in Paul’s life that gave Timothy valuable
See verses 10-13.
did Timothy know since his childhood that made certain his salvation by faith
See verse 14-15
inspired the human writers of the Bible? See verse 16.
what ways should we use the Bible to help others? See verse 16 again.
what purpose does God want you to study and apply His Word? See verse 17.
in 2 Timothy 4:1-5 several tasks for young shepherds. See verses
2 and 5.
Plan with Co-workers Things to Do During the Week:
believers to help them study the Bible themselves.
small groups and families in the congregation to study the Bible together.
believers to ask one another what they have learned from their study.
believers to memorize several Scripture verses each week.
Plan with co-workers additional things to do in the upcoming worship
¨ Pray for God to speak through
His Word by the power of His Holy Spirit, and to help you put into practice
immediately what you hear.
¨ Read Acts 17:10-12.
¨ Ask everyone
to listen and discover how the Bereans responded to the gospel.
that they, too, should examine the Word of God as the Bereans did. You should
actively mine its gold, rather than listen passively. You should begin to
examine the Word eagerly, on your own initiative. Here are some steps to help
how to let the Bible speak for itself. After praying for guidance, do four
1) Examine the details of a
Bible passage, considering each word and phrase.
2) If the meaning is not
clear, then examine the context and setting of the passage:
whom was it written?
wrote it and why?
do the verses or chapters before and after it say, that clarifies its
is the historical occasion?
was it written?
(If it was written before Christ came, in the Old Covenant, then expect to
find laws for ancient Israel that do not apply to your congregations in the
is God telling us to do
in this passage?
3) Extract from these
details the main truths and applications.
4) Put into practice what
you have found.
¨ Praise God for having given you
for testimonies and reports from believers about how they have been blessed by
studying God’s word.
5) Memorize together
2 Timothy 3:16-17.
interpreting the Bible
Mr. Tradition: Watch ‘Mr. New Believer’
read a Bible for a moment, then snatch it away from him. Say, “You cannot
understand Scripture by yourself. Here are some modern books for you to read
Mr. New Believer: Pull out another Bible
from under your shirt. Say, “No. Keep your books. I have hidden God’s Word in
my heart by studying, memorizing and obeying it. So I know that the Holy
Spirit uses the Bible to give me life as no other book can.”
Mr. Tradition: “Only priests who have
studied modern methods of interpreting ancient documents can understand it.”
Mr. New Believer: “Our group shepherd taught us that
any believer can understand God’s Word, if we pray and follow the simple
rules of interpretation.”
¨ Announce the activities that you
planned to do during the week, for families and small groups to study the
Bible during the week.
¨ Help one another in groups of
two or three. Pray, confirm plans and encourage one another.
introduce the Lord’ Supper, if you serve it, read Exodus 12, verses 3,
7-8 and 12. Explain briefly the first Passover, the feast to which Jesus
added new meaning when He established this most sacred ceremony. Jesus is the
Lamb of God, sacrificed to free us from sin and death.