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What does the Bible say about Itself?

 

Verse to memorize:  2 Timothy 3:6

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."

 

Lesson goal:  To help us trust that the Bible consists of God's words for us (inspiration), and those words are factually correct (inerrant) and are reliable to lead us as we aim to live life to its fullest (infallible).

 

The Bible is God's Message for Us

 

Q1    Inspiration means the Bible records words from God to us as if God had said them Himself, and not just as from the human who wrote them down.  How inspired the Scriptures?

2 Timothy 3:16

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."

 

Q2    Who directed the people who wrote the Bible?

2 Peter 1:21

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

 

Q3    How long will God's words still be true for us?

Isaiah 40:8

"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."

 

The Bible Helps Us In Life

 

Q4    What is necessary for us to grow closer to God?

Matthew 4:4

"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

 

Q5    How important was God's Word to Job?

Job 23:12?

"Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food."

 

Q6    What was the Bible compared to in 1 Peter 2:22?

1 Peter 2:2

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"

 

Q7    What two things is the Bible compared to in Psalm 119:105?  Why would those things be used to describe the Bible?

Psalm 119:105

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

 

Q8    What two things does Psalm 119:130 say the Bible gives us?

Psalm 119:130

"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."

 

The Bible Opens God's Power To Us

 

Q9    Why wasn't Paul ashamed of the gospel?

Romans 1:16

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

 

Q10    What effect does Psalm 119:9, 11 say God's words can have in our lives?

Psalm 119:9, 11

"9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."

 

 

Q11    What does Ephesians 6:17 say is a great defensive weapon against sin?  How do you think we can use it?

Ephesians 6:17

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"

 

Studying The Bible Brings Us Benefits Now

 

Q12    What does 1 John 5:13 say was one reason the Bible was written?

1 John 5:13

"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

 

Q13    What does John 5:39 tell us about Bible study?

John 5:39

"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."

 

Q14    How often did the Bereans study the Bible for themselves?

Acts 17:11

"These [the Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

 

Q15    How trustworthy was the Bible to the people who lived in the times 1 Kings 8:56 was written?

1 Kings 8:56

"Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant."

 

Q16    What purpose does John 20:31 say John the Apostle had as he wrote his book?  What could reading the words of the Gospel of John bring?

John 20:31

"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."

 

 

Try to study the books of the Bible in the divisions listed below and memorize the order in which they appear.

 

The Old Testament - 39 Books  

 

Section

 

Name of OT Book

 

The Law

Genesis

Exodus

Leviticus

Numbers

Deuteronomy

History

 

 

Joshua

Judges

Ruth

1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles

Ezra

Nehemiah

Esther

Poetry

Job

Psalms

Proverbs

Ecclesiastes

Song of Solomon

Major

Prophets

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Lamentations

of Jeremiah

Ezekiel

Daniel

Minor

Prophets

 

 

Hosea

Joel

Amos

Obadiah

Jonah

Micah

Nahum

Habakkuk

Zephaniah

Haggai

Zechariah

Malachi

 

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The New Testament - 27 Books

Section

 

Name of NT Book

 

Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John
History Acts
Pauline Epistles Romans 1 Corinthians 2 Corinthians Galatians
Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians 1 Timothy 2 Timothy Titus
Philemon
General Epistles Hebrews James 1 Peter 2 Peter
1 John 2 John 3 John Jude
Prophecy Revelation