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God’s Holy Word

on August 12, 2012

God’s Holy Word

Memory Verse: Matthew 24:35

Life Application: I can depend on God’s Word.

The Bible Is Inspired, Flawless, And Eternal

The Bible is a message, or communication, from God – it is the only book in the world sent to us from God.  The Bible is God’s Word to each of us. It contains history, poetry, letters, and stories.

2 Peter 1:20-21  NKJV    “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

     God inspired the Bible, which means that God stimulated people to write down His thoughts and words. God’s Word was given so we can know Him. By reading the Bible we know what God thinks and what He wants. God used people to record His Word, but He inspired each  of the 40 different writers through the Holy Spirit. Even with so many different writers, the Bible is flawless and fits together. There were hundreds of years between the time God gave the words for the first book until He gave the words for the last book of the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:16 NKJV    “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”

     The Bible is eternal which means it will last forever, exists through all time, unchanging, unaffected by the passage of time, and everlasting. Jesus taught that the Bible, God’s Word, is eternal –  that it will never pass away.

Books, Chapters, And Verses   

The Bible is made up of 66 books, and these books are divided into chapters, and verses. These divisions are given to us to help us find certain Scripture passages we are looking for. Also these divisions help us to follow along in a group setting.

Languages And Translations

When the Bible was first written, the writers wrote in Hebrew or Greek languages. First the Old Testament was translated into Greek, later into Latin. The first English version of the Bible was printed in 1384. The King James version was printed in 1611. When the English language changed, other translations were written. The NIV was translated as closely as possible to the original Greek. Some Bibles print the words of Jesus in red letters rather than black letters so we can easily see what Jesus said.

Hide God’s Word In Your Heart

It is important for each person to read and study the Bible. By studying the Bible we will know what God expects from us. We should also hide the Word in our heart by memorizing verses from the Bible. When we hid God’s Word in our hearts it will help us to keep God’s commandments and not to sin against God.

Psalm 119:11  NKJV    “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”

Hebrews 4:12  NIV    “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”

     As you acquaint yourself with what’s in the Bible through regular Bible reading and prayer it will:

* help you know where to find help when you need it.

* help you learn to recognize God’s voice.

* draw you into a deeper relationship with God.

* guide you in doing what is right, no matter what the situation.

* reveal God’s plan for you.

* show you the steps you should take.

* help you guard against false doctrine and Satan’s temptations.

Psalm 119:33-37  NIV    “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserving my life according to your word.”

Bible Study Aids

There are several things that will help you as you read and study the Bible. A few of them are: a concordance, Bible atlas, dictionary, and a Bible dictionary. Also in the front of your Bible, you will find a table of contents, and in the back of your Bible you will find a small concordance. Some Bibles contain a subject index, maps, or a glossary in the back.

Concordance – a concordance lists all the scripture references under a word which contains that word.

Bible Atlas – a Bible atlas gives maps of the part of the world where people in the Bible lived. Some maps show how the cities and countries were during Old and New Testament times, and some maps show how those cities and countries are today.

Dictionary – a reference book that contains alphabetically ordered words, with explanations of their meanings.

Bible Dictionary – a reference book that contains alphabetically ordered words, with explanations of their meanings, often with information about grammar, pronunciation, and etymology.

Table of Contents – This page of the Bible will list the books in the Bible and on what page they begin.

Review

1. What is the Bible?

2. The Bible contains _____________________,  _____________________,  and _______________________.

3. Who caused, or stimulated men to write the Bible?

4. How many writers wrote the Bible?

5. The Bible is made up of ______________ books.

6. The Bible is divided into ____________, ___________________, and ______________.

7. What languages was the Bible first written?

8. Is it important for us to study the Bible?

9. How do we “hide” God’s Word in our hearts?

10. When we hid God’s Word in our hearts it will help us not to _______________.

11. Regular Bible reading and prayer will:

* help you know _____________________ to find help when you need it.

* help you learn to recognize God’s ____________________.

* draw you into a deeper _______________________________ with God.

* guide you in doing what is _________________, no matter what the situation.

* reveal God’s _________________ for you.

* show you the ____________________ you should take.

* help you guard against false doctrine and Satan’s ___________________________________.

12. Where is the table of contents found?

13. In the Bible, where can you find a list of some scripture references?

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