ACTS 17:10-15 10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
The Jews in Berea and Thessalonica approached the Bible in vastly different ways. The Thessalonians rejected it and the Bereans received it eagerly. This brings up a good question: What should we think about the Bible? Here are five:
1. It’s the Word of God, without error (we can trust it)
2. It’s authoritative (we must obey it)
3. It’s clear (we can understand it)
4. it’s sufficient (it reveals how we’re saved and how we can live lives of meaning
5. It’s necessary (it alone reveals who we truly are and how Jesus saves from sin and death
If this is true, what should we do with the Bible? The Bereans give us a great example to follow. They received it with eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, and they believed what God communicated in His Word. What you’ll find as you examine the Word is not just a supremely perfect and divine set of laws; what you’ll find is a supremely perfect and divine Person who upheld the Law. His name is Jesus. The whole Bible is about him. He is the incarnate Word of God; the truly inerrant, authoritative, clear, sufficient, and necessary One that came to redeem sinners by grace.
1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Acts 17:10-15 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
2. Which of the five things about the Bible stand out to you and why? What’s at stake in the Bible not being inerrant, clear, or authoritative?
3. What is the role of the Bible in your life? What about your daily life?
4. Why is it important to study the Bible in order to help yourself? Your church? The lost? (see Matthew 4:3-4 and Colossians 3:16)
5. What are some of the ways the Bible is all about Jesus? Give examples from Scripture.
6. Pray for one another to each “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly” so that we all may be “teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16).
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