Why Study the Bible? (Authority)

post by Sean Perron

post by Sean Perron

We have launched the Emmaus student group with a four week study on the Bible. We are seeking to answer the question “why should we study the Bible?” Here are the notes from the first lesson in this four week series.


Week 1: The Bible’s Authority (Parent’s Notes)

  • The Bible is worthy of our attention. (2 Peter 1:19)
    • The Bible is not only worthy, it also requires.
    • The Creator is speaking to the created.
    • When the Bible speaks, God speaks
  • The Bible is confirmed by experience. (2 Peter 1:19)
    • The Bible is confirmed by our experiences and should interpret them.
    • You can trust the Bible more than your can trust your eye.
    • John 17:17 – The Bible claims to be truth itself.
  • “The Bible is not a product of human effort.” – John MacArthur (2 Peter 1:21)
    • 1 Peter 1:10-11 – The Prophets often did not fully understand what they were writing. They were speaking greater than they knew.
    • “carried along” is like a ship being blown across the sea by wind filling its sails.
  • The Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and was not simply dictated
    • The human authors wrote from their own experiences, personalities and situations. “His leading was sure, intentional, and perfect, even while they wrote out of their unique personalities and situations.” (This section adapted from Nielson. p19)
    • “The writer will give expression to the divinely directed thoughts in a way uniquely characteristic of that person.” (Erickson, Christian Theology, p.232)
      • Themes can be spotted in various books of the Bible.
  • God has spoken in many different ways:
    • His words create things (Genesis 1)
    • He has spoken audibly (Revelation 2:1)
    • He has spoken through writing (Exodus 31:18)
    • He has spoken through careful research (Luke 1:1-3)
    • He has spoken through remembering (John 14:26)
    • He has spoken in Jesus (John 1:1-5; Hebrews 1:1-3)
  • The biblical authors believed the Bible was the Word of God
    • 1 Timothy 5:18
      • Deuteronomy 25:4
      • Luke 10:7
      • 2 Peter 3:15-16
      • 1 Corinthians 14:37
    • Jesus believed the Bible was the Word of God
      • Luke 24:27
      • Luke 11:51


Small Group Questions:

1) Which is more reliable? Experience or the Scripture? Possible follow up:How should we interpret Experiences that seem to contradict the Scripture?

2) If someone asked you how do you know the Bible is from God, how would you explain this to them? (Ask them to verbalize/articulate this to you or the others in the small group)

3) Have you ever doubted the Bible was true? If so, when and why? (Try to make them feel comfortable enough to share)

4) Was there anything from the lesson that was new to you or something you had never thought about?



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