What separates Christianity from any "religion" in the world is its claim to an absolute written authority from God

. Having the Word of God is essential to a person's salvation and a Christian's growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. We believe that the ! "ing James #ible is the God given$ preserved word of God without error$ as promised in %salms &'! and ( and other scriptures$ and the standard by which a Christian is to govern his life. )n in depth study of the inspiration$ translation$ preservation and inerrancy of the "ing James #ible is not the purpose of this lesson but will be dealt with at length in our *ew +ife Class at the conclusion of these discipleship lessons. Purpose of this lesson: ,o ac-uaint the new Christian with the basics of the #ible and how it relates to his or her everyday life$ so that this new$ born again child of God can begin to understand how its principles are to guide every facet of the Christians walk with Jesus Christ. I. What The Bible Is A. ,he #ible is the word of God .. ,imothy /' !0 ( 0 )ll scripture is given by inspiration of God$ and is profitable for doctrine$ for reproof$ for correction$ for instruction in righteousness' John &'&1 John 2'/3 B. ,he #ible is absolute perfect ,ruth 0 John (' ( C. God's inspired revelation of the origin and destiny of all things1 the traveler's map$ pilgrim's staff$ pilot's compass$ soldier's sword$ and the Christian's charter4 D. God's will or testament to men of all ages$ revealing the plan of God for man here and now$ and in the ne5t life. E. ) record of how God dealt with man in the past$ present and future. F. Contains the message of eternal salvation for all who believe in Christ$ and eternal damnation for all who re6ect the Gospel. G. ,he most remarkable #ook ever4 7f its divine library of !! books$ there is history$ biography$ poetry$ proverbial sayings$ hymns$ laws$ parables$ riddles$ allegories$ prophecies$ records of birth$ and death$ mysteries$ adventure$ recipes$ blessings$ cursings$ and all other forms of human e5pression4 II. What The Bible Is Not A. .t is NOT a charm or good luck piece. B. .t is NOT a book of "heavenly utterances" in a supernatural language. .t is God's revelation in the most simple human language possible. C. .t is NOT a book of mysteries. .t is self interpreting$ e5plaining all the mysteries of life$ so that no mysteries remain. D. .t is NOT a book that says one thing and means another. E. .t is NOT fi5ed to the tastes$ customs$ and habits of any one nation or people. .t is a #ook to which all peoples in all ages can conform to$ and yet retain their own lawful customs and habits that are not contrary to the will of God. III. A Brief Histor of the Bible. A. ) total of !! books. B. Written by more than 82 authors. C. Written over a time span of about &$222 years. D. ,otally accurate in matters of history and prophecy.

. What is the Purpose of the Wor%$ To The &nsa'e% A. *ot one contradiction.his is illustrated in the #ible as "spiritual food" =ee Job &/' & and Jeremiah 3' ! .able to save your souls. %eter '&/ 0 "#eing born again$ not of corruptible seed$ but of incorruptible$ by the word of God$ which liveth and abideth forever. . >/?. . Hebrews '/1 %salm //'!1 Genesis '/ !.he universe was created by the spoken Word of God.he Word of God e-uips you for service 0 ". B. >3?. >&?.ilk 0 . .hat the man of God may be perfect$ throughly furnished unto all good works. .. Cor. >/?. . %eter&'& Honey 0 %salm <' 2/1 %roverbs !'&8 )pples 0 %roverbs ('&$ &3' #read 0 +uke 8'8 Water 0 .t is better to trust in the +ord than to put confidence in man. E.he +ord is the center of the #ible I!. " . .t is a complete and balanced diet.he Word of God is the agent which brings about the new birth. ." . Jesus Christ died for our sins.. >(?.E.he Word of God sustains you.. . /' $& Cegetables 0 %salm (:'&8 . " . )ccording to the =criptures. Compare' . @phesians &':$< 0 "9or by grace are ye saved through faith . Corinthians 3' 08 > ?. "Aomans 2' (0 "=o then faith cometh by hearing$ and hearing by the word of God.t must be understood that all "e5periences" are to be 6udged by an infallible standard which is greater than any e5perience. %eter ' !0& with .atthew (' 0<.he middle two words in that verse are "the +ord "." B. Was buried.he Word of God is active in =alvation > ?. . > ?. .he middle of the #ible is %salm :':$ ". %aul's four part summary in .t is more sure than the audible voice of God.imothy /' !0 (1 @phesians !' 20 :. Aose from the deal. >!?. >&?. G. >8?. 9its together perfectly as if written by one man. Is The Bible Co"pletel #eliable$ A.saiah 33' 2$ 1 @phesians 3'&! . James '& says the Word of God is$ ". C.. Bou must believe what the #ible says about sin$ your condition$ and God's plan of salvation in order to be saved. >&?. >8?... >/?. To The (a'e% D. %eter said the Word of God was more sure than the physical appearance and audible voice of God. .eat 0 Hebrews 3' &0 81 . F.his is a very critical point.

he Gospel of John$ the @pistle of .earn the Bible$ A. . . God may use other instruments to aid in teaching Dbooks$ tapes$ preachers$ etc. God will reveal it to you in time when you are ready. John 8'&!1 John !' /0 3 B. (in)e *ou Are (a'e% b the Wor% of Go%+ It . start readingF )s a young Christian$ focus on the primary places which deal with your new relationship with your heavenly 9ather. @very ma6or purchase Dcar$ appliance$ etc.E is accompanied by an owner's manual which tells you how to operate it. John 3' / 0 ". To illustrate: A." >/?. B. Corinthians. find something . ". . don't understandF > ?. have yet many things to say unto you$ but ye cannot bear them now.F.he Holy =pirit of God will lead and guide you into all truth. What if . %salm < is the greatest chapter in the #ible on a man's love for the Word of God. %salm <'<0 1 John 3'/ !I.he Gospel of John is written that you might believe on the +ord Jesus Christ.he @pistle of . John is written that you might have complete assurance of salvation. God would not save you and call you to service without clear$ e5act directions$ but you must "go by the book. Ho. God will not give you more than you are capable of handling. HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH /uestions 1 Ans-ers D%lease answer on a separate sheetE +esson 0 . )s you put into practice the things you are learning$ God will entrust you with more.hese things have .i'e. #e sure you live what you do understand. Basi) /uestions 0 A. John !' & 0 ".E$ but ultimately$ truth is revealed by the Holy =pirit. John$ and %salm < are e5cellent places to begin.he Word of God keeps you clean to please God.he Word of God . ." . > ?.ust Be *our Absolute+ Infallible Gui%e to Tell *ou Ho.he #ible is God's "owner's manual" for your life. . .to .f you don't go by the book$ it won't work. . John &2'/ >&?. written unto you that believe on the name of the =on of God1 that ye may know that ye have eternal life$ and that ye may believe on the name of the =on of God. Gon't get upset about it." !II. &'<0 ! !III.he natural man receiveth not the things of the =pirit of God.he #ible is learned by comparing scripture with scripture$ relying on God's =pirit to teach you$ not your own natural intellect." >&?. B. .Do I . . Where should . 'What is the #ibleF .

o the =aved !. Corinthians &'<0 !$ why can't unsaved people properly understand what the #ible teachesF HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 2e . 9rom the #ible principles taught in this lesson$ you should understand that these attitudes are wrong$ and why. Fa"ous /uotes Con)ernin3 the Bible: ". Write any -uestions you may have concerning the sub6ects in this lesson. . .he #ible can only be understood by the "clergy" or by years of formal education.hree widely held$ but incorrect$ attitudes about the #ible are' > ?.ts doctrines are holy$ its precepts are binding$ its histories are true$ and it decisions are immutable. What is the purpose of the word of GodF .he #ible is also learned by scripture with and depending on God's =pirit to teach us. . >/?. . ." "Aead it to be wise$ believe it to be safe and practice it to be holy.o the Jnsaved . .imothy /' !0 ( NOTE: ..he #ible contains the mind of God$ the state of man$ the way of salvation$ the doom of sinners$ and happiness of believers.t contains light to direct you$ food to support you$ and comfort to cheer you. What are the four key elements of the gospel according to . . Bour spiritual body needs food also. Bour physical body needs food in order to function properly... .e"or !erses: . %eter '& 1 %salm <'<1 .he #ible is 6ust another religious book written by men. 9rom . Corinthians 3' 08F (. . . What do we learn from the following verses regarding this sub6ectF Hebrews '/1 %salm //'! 3. #riefly e5plain why this is.t is the traveler's map$ the pilgrim's staff$ the pilot's compass$ the soldier's sword .imothy /' !0 ($ we understand that all scriptures is profitable from the following' :. . Give two scripture references that show us this. &. >&.&. <.he #ible is likened to God's "owner's manual" for your life. Who guides us into all truthF . .he #ible is not a IIII$or a or a /. 2.s the #ible reliableF 8. )ccording to Genesis and &$ man's theory of evolution is a lie. %eter ' !0& $ the #ible is than the of God. )ccording to .. )ccording to .n order to understand the true meanings of the scripture$ you must study Greek and Hebrew.

t is a mine of wealth$ a paradise of glory$ and a river of pleasure.and the Christian's charter.t involves the highest responsibility$ rewards the greatest labor$ and condemns all who trifle with its holy contents. . .t is given to you in life$ will be open at the 6udgment$ and be remembered forever." "Aead it slowly$ fre-uently$ prayerfully. ." .

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