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The family book – the Bible

 

 

What is the Bible? How did it become what we see today? How do we know it is true? How do we understand it?

Rationale

Between ourselves and God there is an infinite gap. He is not like us. He is beyond us and left to ourselves we have no means of reaching him. If we are to know God then he must reveal himself and this is what the Bible is, the record of that revelation by God through history, and pre-eminently through his Son Jesus Christ. The Bible thus is not a book of philosophy, or rules or stories. It is the history of God speaking to us so that we might know him. More than a history of this revelation, the Bible itself was guided by the Holy Spirit so that what has been written is as God wanted it. It is his Word. Yet, there are many religious books, so why do Christian believe that this book, written over 1500 years, consisting of 66 books and written by 40+ authors, is in fact the Word of God? There are many evidences which make the Bible unique and with which students should be familiar, but in the end the Bible is the Word of God because God himself testifies that it is in the heart of the believer by the Holy Spirit. In the end, only God can give witness to God. We believe the Bible is the Word of God because in it we hear his voice (John 10:1-6, 14).

Key Concepts

  • If we are to know God, then God must reveal himself
  • God has preeminently done this in his Son, Jesus Christ
  • He has also done this through history in many and various ways, Hebrews 1:1
  • The Bible is a record of revelation of God and his plan for humanity and is itself a revelation because it was guided by the Holy Spirit so that what is written is how God wanted it
  • The Bible has a dual nature, it was written by people and so reflects their personalities and settings, and yet is also inspired by the Holy Spirit, so there is a unity which binds the whole together to be one boo and one ultimate author
  • 66 Books - Old and New Testaments
  • Written over 1500 years
  • Many difference genres
  • We hear God’s voice in it and we meet with God in it

Scripture references

Psalms 1;19;119 - practical benefits
Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus uses the Word
Matthew 5:17-20 Scripture cannot pass away (see all the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew for the attitude of Jesus towards the Bible)
John 1:1-18 - nobody has seen God, but the Word, Jesus, has revealed him to us 
John 14:6 - he is the only way to God
Joh 14:15-17; 25-26 - the work of the Holy Spirit to guide us into truth
John 10:1-16, 14 - we hear the shepherd’s voice and so believe the Bible 
2 Timothy 3:16-17 - Bible created by the work of the Holy Spirit

Resources

Bible Videos from YouTube:
There are a variety of Bible overview in just a few minutes videos. These are good for students to get the overall idea of the Bible, as well as to show how the 66 books are actually one book. Below is one example, there are quite a few:
 
What is the Bible? - rage of short articles on some of the key questions
God, The Bible and You - articles on the importance of the Bible
Why you need the Bible - article stressing the importance and nature of the Bible
Brief Commentaries for comment on selected passages

Ideas/Strategies for Lessons

In the early Church the question was asked, “Which books were to be counted as scripture?” because there were many. There arose a set of rules, but among them the most important was that in the Bible we hear God’s voice. The application of this, is that students need to read the Bible, not just hear about the Bible, so they can hear God speaking to them. Selected sections can be read in each lesson
Class creates a timeline for the Books of the Bible, breaks them into categories and summarizes the main ideas of each section or perhaps each book. This can be a simple or complex as required.
Students learn all the books by using a song
Memorise key passages, e.g. Psalm 1, 2 Timothy 3:16,17
Why should we believe the Bible? Answer the question from the angle, how would you prove the Bible was from God? What kind of evidence could there be? Then consider the evidence we do have
How should we read the Bible? Even at this age, some basic pointers on how to read the Bible are useful

http://www.kidssundayschool.com/49/lesson/the-inspired-word-of-god.php

https://www.kidology.org/store/images/products/truthquest/TreasureTourSampleLesson.pdf