Be a Berean! 3 Steps to study your Sermon Notes

As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. - Acts 17:10-12 NIV

Sermon notes aren’t just for Sunday. No, sermon notes should be studied. Here are 3 tips for adults, for teens, and for beginners to use in Bible Study Journals. 

When I was younger I went into evening service and everyone was complementing the pastor on his sermon. Then someone who wasn't there asked. What was it about? Everything got quiet, I don't know, but it was good. Does this sound familiar?  It is okay to admit it, we have all been there, but I want to encourage the Berean in you, to be able to answer to this question.

Recently I talked about what you do during the sermon can affect your growth.  I mentioned taking notes. Well, that is great, but then what will do you with it? If you go back over it, you have the opportunity to have a Boom moment.  The question still looms; how do we move past the sermon? 

After we take notes we need to study, but where do we begin?

  • Pray - We should begin every Bible Study with prayer. God is the one who opens the scriptures to us. If we don't pray and invite him into our study and questions, then how do we expect to get anything from what we are studying. 
  • Read the sermon notes making notes of any questions you have, and questions you that were answered. I recommend writing the questions down in the order of importance.
  • Pull out your Bible, notebook, concordance, and Bible dictionary. - Don't have these items? Check out my post from last week with Bible Apps that you can use to help.
  • Don't forget to jot down the answers to your questions.

Sermon notes aren’t just for Sunday. No, sermon notes should be studied. Here are 3 tips for adults, for teens, and for beginners to use in Bible Study Journals. 

  1. Pull out your Bible and read the original Bible verses used in the sermon. Now we want some context so I recommend reading the verses before and after, maybe even reading the entire chapter.
  2.  Are there words you don't understand? This is where the Bible dictionary and concordance come in handy. Use them, they will help you better understand what you are reading.
    1.  You can even use the Strongs Hebrew and Greek Dictionary that will help you find the meaning of the original word and where else in the Bible you can find that word used. This is another way to help you understand the meaning behind the words and topics.
  3. In most Bibles, there may be letters next to certain words. This links you back to other verses where the word appears. Use this as well as the additional verses the pastor used. Repeat step 1 and 2 with these additional verses. Some Bibles have notes that will help, if you feel stuck these are a great place to start. 

If you are still stuck check out my post on websites for the Berean. 

Now you have all of the tools to help you move past the sermon, and unleash the Berean in you. How do you plan to use these tips to help you dig into God's word and examine your minister's sermon this week?