May 29 | Acts 17:11-12
“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. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.” (Acts 17:11–12, ESV)
I love to study the Bible. It’s my natural frame of mind. I am a natural learner, and so I love to dig into the text of Scripture and mine it for all it’s worth. I search the Scriptures with a grateful heart for all the Lord teaches me.
The Berean believers checked Paul and Silas’s teaching against the Scriptures to make sure they were teaching biblical principles. They made sure everything they heard was founded on God’s Word.
We need to become ardent studiers of God’s Word. We need to know what it says and where we find the topics and passages being taught to us. How do you know if what you are learning and hearing is founded on the Bible?
If we don’t know what we hear and learn in church is in the Bible, how will we avoid being deceived? God will hold our Bible teachers to account for what they teach us. But we are responsible, like the Bereans, to search out the Scriptures and know that what we are taught is founded on the Bible.
Action Step: When you hear sermons and Bible teaching at church, search the Scriptures to make sure what they teach you is in God’s Word. Become an ardent studier of the Bible so you know what you hear is in the Bible. Be a lifelong learner of the principles of Scripture. Test and approve the teaching you receive.
Jesus, made me well-versed In Your Word. I want to be a voracious receiver of the truths of Scripture. I want to know that what I am taught is founded on your written Word. Show me how to study the Bible in depth and be thankful for biblical teachers and preachers.