Today’s Bible Passage: Acts 17:10-15
Activity: A Bible for each person
Do you like to read? Reading is an incredible skill that we should not take for granted. When I was a child, I couldn’t wait to learn how to read. I loved reading stories with my parents and grandparents but at times they were busy, and I really wanted to know what the story was saying. Imagine if you opened a story, excited to read it, but it just looked like this:
If you don’t know how to read, even a comic like the one above can be hard to enjoy, because while you might get part of the story from the pictures, you will never really know the full story unless you can read the words.
As Christians, we are to read our Bibles every day to make sure that we know what it says, because it provides us with guidance and teaching on how to live. It also reminds us what God has to say about a particular issue. The Bible is the Word of God, and it isn’t enough to just know a few stories or read it once or twice; this is a life-long study and it is life-changing! In fact, the Bible says,
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)
As a family, take some time to discuss your favourite Bible story. Discuss what happens in the story, and what lesson it teaches us. Then, look it up in your Bible and see how well you remembered it.
For today, we are going to see how reading and studying Scripture is so important!
As a family, open your Bible and read Acts 17:10-15
We see right away that Paul and Silas are sent away from where they were, to a new place called Berea. We learn in verse 11 that, unlike the people in the city of Thessalonica where they were previously, the people of Berea were described as having a “more noble character”. This is because they did a very wise thing; they “examined the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true.” (v.12)
That verse contains a hugely important lesson for all of us. Many people might say things that sound good, and some may even be very convincing in what they say. But just because what they say seems good or reasonable, that doesn’t automatically make it true. Or, someone may say something that you disagree with, but it’s important to ask the question - is what they are saying true? Because after all, we are told to follow the truth! (2 Timothy 2:15)
In verse 14, we read that a group of people from Thessalonica, where Paul and the others were previously, had just arrived in Berea to prevent Paul from preaching. But notice how they go about doing it. They can’t disprove Paul’s message, so they stir up the crowds and agitate people to force him out. In the end, Paul does move on to Athens, (v.14-15) but Silas and Timothy stay (v.14), and most importantly the message of Jesus Christ is heard in Berea. After all, God’s Word cannot be stopped!
So, for us today, we need to be mindful that when things happen, and someone says something we may have strong feelings about, our guide must be the truth, so that we can do God’s will. We might have good motives and our feelings may help us, but only when we act in the truth of God, will we behave in a way that honours God and helps others. The best way to do that is to study the truth of God’s Word.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2)
Activity: Bible game, “Sword Drill”
Required items: A Bible for each person playing, a designated caller, and a list of verses to look up (optional but strongly recommended. I will give you a list below)
For today’s activity, you are going to play a classic Bible game called “Sword Drill.” The point of the game is to be the first person to say the Bible verse correctly. One person will be the designated caller who will choose the verse to look up, and will also check that the verse is said correctly.
The others are to find the verse as fast as they can be, and the first one to recite it correctly. If you have the verse memorized, you can simply say it out loud before anyone else does. Otherwise, you must race to be the first to find the verse in the Bible and read it out loud.
This game is great at teaching us how to look verses up in our Bible and how to practise reading them out loud. It also encourages us to memorize scripture.
A Good Question: Why is the game called “Sword Drills,” if we are using a Bible?
The Bible reminds us that our battle in this world is not against people but against evil. (Ephesians 6:12), so we are told to put on the full armour of God. (Ephesians 6:13). The weapon that Christians are to use to fight evil, is the Word of God - which is referred to as “the Sword of the Spirit.” (Ephesians 6:17). That’s why the game is commonly called “Sword Drill” but you can call it “Bible Drill,” if you prefer.
“Sword Drill” Scripture List (focusing on truth):
Psalm 25:2 Proverbs 16:13 Isaiah 65:16 Daniel 9:13
Zechariah 8:3 Matthew 5:18 John 1:14 John 4:24
John 14:6 1 Corinthians 13:6 2 Corinthians 13:8 2 Timothy 2:15
1 John 3:18 1 John 5:6 2 John 1:3 3 John 1:4