Be a Berean! 5 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
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 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 had that were answered.
- 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.
Time to study the Bible!
- Prepare your notebook. Write down the main points from your sermon notes, including questions you have. Make sure you leave space to write down the answers and Bible verses that point you toward those answers.
- Pull out your Bible and read the Main Bible text used in the sermon. Now we want some context so I recommend reading the verses before and after, maybe even reading the entire chapter.
- As you read, fill in the answers to your questions
- Are there words you don't understand? This is where the Bible dictionary and concordance come in handy. Don't have a concordance or dictionary? Check out my post on 5 apps to Unlock the Berean in you.
- Create a special dictionary at the end of your notebook.
- Write down the words you don't know and include the definition next to it.
- Repeat Steps 1 - 4 with the additional verses the pastor used.
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?