Bible Study: A Student’s Guide (Recommendation)


If you are looking for a good read to go along with our current series on the Bible, I recommend this one.

I picked this book up and have found it to be readable, pointed and practical. It covers all of the basic topics we are currently studying in Emmaus and has helpful illustrations in each chapter. It is a book written for high school students that connects but does not insult intelligence.

Whether student or parent, check out Bible Study: A Student’s Guide by Jon Nielson.

A more detailed review of the book is available on the Gospel Coalition


Why Study the Bible? (Sufficiency)

by Joe Bayless

by Joe Bayless


I. The Bible is sufficient (2 Tim. 3:14-16)

a. Sufficiency means that the Bible is enough for us to know God and how to obey Him.

– Nothing replaces the Bible or is more important for knowing God and His commands.

b. Sufficiency means that the Bible is enough to train us how to live a godly life. (2 Tim. 3:17)

– Living in a godly manner is the goal of Scripture.


II. The Bible is sufficient to answer questions about our Christian life. (Ps. 119:105)

a. The Bible provides specific guidance for us. (Examples: Matt . 5:43-45; 6:31-34, Ephesians 6:1-3, James 1:19-20)

b. The Bible provides general principles for questions that aren’t specifically answered. (1st Cor. 10:31)


III. The Bible’s sufficiency should encourage us to study it more often. (Ps. 119:14-16, 103)

a. There is no other place for us to go to learn how to obey God.

b. As we read the Bible more, we will become better trained to do good works.

c. Because the Bible contains answers for how to live obediently to God, we should make reading it a priority in our lives.



Small Group Discussion Questions:

1. Do you believe the Bible contains answers to your questions about God and how to please Him? On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you of this?

2. Has the Bible ever helped you deal with something in your life? Describe your experience.

3. Do you plan on making Bible reading more of a habit now that you know God will provide answers for your questions? What are some things in your life that you can get rid of to help you read the Bible more?








Why Study the Bible? (Necessary)

post by Sean Perron

post by Sean Perron

Week 3: The Bible’s Necessity (Parent’s Notes)

1) The Bible is Necessary for Salvation.

  • Romans 10:13-7
  • John 3:18

General Revelation: God’s Works that reveal himself.

Specific Revelation: God’s Words that reveal himself.

  • Psalm 19
  • Acts 14:16-16
  • Romans 1:19-21

Your parents are driving down the road at night. Its raining, dark, and dreary. In the corner of your eye you happen to see a yellow sign that says the bridge ahead is out! But you were the only one in the car that saw it! You are the only one that knows the bridge is out and your family is about to drive into death. Thankfully, you tell your family and are saved. You were seconds away from driving by in total ignorance. This would have ended in a tragic accident. Ignorance would have been death.

  • God holds us accountable for sins that we don’t know about.
  • Ignorance is not bliss. It is death.
  • Leviticus 4:2-4
  • Hosea 4:6

2) The Bible is necessary to fight temptation.

  • Matthew 4:4
  • Jesus used the Scriptures to combat the devil’s temptation.
  • We need the Bible more than sleep. We need the Bible more than food!

“Just as our physical lives are maintained by daily nourishment with physical food, so our spiritual lives are maintained by daily nourishment with the Word of God.” – Grudem

3) The Bible is necessary for joy.

  • Psalm 1
  • Nehemiah chapter 8
  • The Bible had been neglected while the people of Israel were in captivity.
  • The people wanted to hear the Word of God so badly, they listened for six hours while standing! Nehemiah 8:3.

Small Group Discussion:

1. Have you ever responded to the Bible the way the Israelites did in the Nehemiah chapter 8? Has the Bible moved you to tears? Has the Bible caused you to rejoice? (share briefly)

2. Do you take the Bible for granted? If so, in what ways is this evident in your life?

3. What are some temptations you faced last week? What Scriptures could help you this week in these areas?

4. In the Nehemiah 8:8, the people of Israel had more mature men and women explaining the Scriptures to them. Have you invited anyone into your personal life to do this with you? (If not, encourage them to think this week about someone in church they could approach)

Why Study the Bible? (Powerful)

post by Sean Perron photo by Sam Hearn

post by Sean Perron | photo by Sam Hearn

Week 2: The Bible’s Power (Parent’s Notes)

  • The Bible should never be boring.
    • Luke 24:32
    • We would pour over a love letter that our “significant other” sent us. Why? The person sending us the letter is valuable to us.
  • “To disobey Scripture is to disobey God.” – Wayne Grudem
    • 1 Timothy 3:16 – Breathed out by God.
    • To believe the Bible incorrectly is to believe something about God that is false.
      • Acts 17:11
  • Readying the Bible allows us to encounter God personally.
    • This is not done to check a box (Nielson, Bible Study, p. 27)
    • Luke 5:8
    • Isaiah 6
  • We must place all of our lives under the authority of the Bible.
    • “We don’t stand over it; we allow the Bible to rule and guide our lives and hearts.” (Nielson, p.28)
    • “To disbelieve God himself is to place yourself as a higher authority with a deeper, more developed understanding on a topic or topics than God himself.” – Grudem
    • Luke 9:26
    • The Bible is Powerful.
      • Hebrews 11:3
      • Isaiah 55:8-11
  • God can cut through the hardest heart using the Scriptures
    • Hebrews 4:12-13
      • The Word is Living
      • The Word penetrates
      • The Word discerns the thoughts
      • The Word exposes
      • When we read the Bible with an open heart, it changes us.
  • “The Words of Scripture can move you to a place of faith in Jesus in which your eternal status before God changes; you go from being under God’s wrath and deserving hell to being a child of God, heading to heaven.”
  • This is why we gather here at youth – to know the God of the Bible.

Small Group Questions:

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how interested are you in the Bible are you?
  2. Has God been convicting you about anything in your life recently? Is there any teaching in the Bible that you are struggling to submit your life to?
  3. Do you encounter God through the Bible personally? If so, how often and what do you do during your devotional times?
  4. Do you know someone (yourself, a friend or family member) who has a hard heart towards the Bible? Close by praying for that person specifically.

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?