Everyday Discipleship: Lesson 3 – The Bible

Part 1: The Basics

Lesson 3: The Bible

Weekly Meeting

Icebreaker:

  1. Did anyone share their faith with another person this week? What was it like? What happened?
  2. Share your memory verses with a partner.
  3. Share testimonies or get clarification if you are having trouble writing yours (if you have a larger group, choose 2 people to share their testimonies).

Introduction:

  1. What have you heard about the Bible?
  2. How much of the Bible have you read?
  3. If you know a Bible story, what is your favorite and why?
  4. Do you know how to look up a verse in the Bible?

The Bible contains 66 books: The Old Testament (Creation through the exiles of Israel and Judah and prophecy) contains 39 and the New Testament (Jesus’ birth through the early church and the prophecy of End Times) contains 27.

When you see a reference:

Book >>> Chapter >>> Verse >>> (Translation)

Romans 10:9-13 (NIV) 

The Bible is a very important part of Christianity. It is the handbook, guidebook, authority, and revelation of God.

It is important for us to learn what the Bible says so we know how to live the Christian life. Without this guidance, we can do what seems good to us or be led astray by teachers who mislead people. When we feel God is leading us to do something, we need to check it by the Word of God. If it contradicts God’s word, then it isn’t God leading us.

See Acts 17:11. What did the Berean people do that we should also do?

See Deuteronomy 4:2 and Revelation 22:18-19. What are we warned about in these verses? How seriously should we take what it says?

Descriptions of Scripture:

Hebrews 4:12, Romans 1:16 – Scripture is __________________

Psalm 119:10-11 – Scripture helps me _____________________

Psalm 119:105 – Scripture helps me _______________________

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Discussion:

  1. What do each of the adjectives mean in these verses?
  2. How can we use Scripture to help each other live out our faith?
  3. In some versions of the Bible, these verses say Scripture is “God-breathed,” and others say “inspired by God.” What does that tell you about Scripture?
  4. What should be our reaction when we disagree with Scripture?
  5. Have you found some Scripture that is hard for you to follow, understand, or believe?

Key Point:

Read the Word, Know the Word, Live the Word

Discipleship in Action: Growing in your knowledge of the Word of God is vital to living the Christian life; however, knowing it is not enough. Read James 1:22-25. We see it is clearly important for us to be doers of the Word – to act according to what it says. In fact, another verse warns us that knowledge alone will only make us proud (1 Cor. 8:1). So, we need to know the Word of God well, but always act on what God is teaching us and telling us to do.  

Prayer Time

On Your Own:

Memory Verses: Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:103

Extra Reading: Continue reading the Book of Acts; if you’ve finished it, read the book of Galatians and then Ephesians. Remember to bring any questions you have about your reading to your discipleship leader, especially to your one-on-one time with them.  

Homework: Write out your testimony (if you haven’t already), and keep it in your Bible (or write it in one of the blank pages at the front or back of your Bible)

  1. My life before Christ
  2. How I knew I needed Christ
  3. How I became a Christian
  4. My life since I’ve known Christ

Another bit of homework you may find beneficial is to memorize the books of the Bible in order. This will help you when trying to find a verse. You can even find songs to help if you want by searching on YouTube or other sites. Or you can simply look at the contents in your Bible and start memorizing.

Five Daily Devotions: These devotions may seem a little more academic than most because we’re using them as an opportunity to gain understanding and practice correct interpretation of biblical texts. We hope this will bless you and might even be a little fun. And hopefully, you will also find it still devotional in nature as well.

Monday: We Live By Every Word that Comes from the Mouth of God

Scripture: Matthew 4:4

Matthew 4 tells of when Jesus was tempted by Satan. Before He began His public ministry, Jesus went out into the wilderness to pray. He fasted for 40 days, and at the end of that time, Satan came to test Him. He tempted Him to turn stones into bread so He wouldn’t be hungry. Jesus responded with today’s verse.

This verse reminds us that feeding our bodies is not enough. We must be nourished by God’s word. It is just as vital to our survival as a Christian as food is to the survival of our physical body—even more.

If we can grasp the importance of knowing the word of God and the power and nourishment it provides, then we will make it a true priority in our lives.

The verse Jesus quoted is from Deuteronomy 8:3 when God provided manna to feed Israel in the desert. Food does not make us alive. God’s word makes us alive. And, as we see by Jesus’ example, it helps us stand up against temptation. It strengthens and nourishes us to live a life following Christ.  

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Have you felt strength from what you’ve read in the Bible? Can you describe that?
  2. The Bible tells us how to live out our faith and who God is. What have you learned this week from God’s word?
  3. From Jesus’ example, how should we deal with temptation?

Prayer for Today: Pray for God to increase your hunger for His word.

Tuesday: The Word of God Is Living and Active

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 55:11

The Bible is unlike any other book you’ll ever read. It is alive. It is active. It will reveal your heart’s desires to you and convict you when you’ve gone away from God. God’s word is literally God speaking to you today. It is not just a book written thousands of years ago that you read once and know it. It is a book you can read daily for the rest of your life and never fully grasp the depths of understanding. Every time you read it, you will learn more of God and His ways. You will know more of your own heart and how much you need God daily. It is the most amazing book you’ll ever read.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Read Psalm 119 marking each verse that tells you something about God’s word. What have you learned?
  2. Is anything hidden from God?
  3. How does His word reveal our heart’s desires?
  4. Have you been convicted by any verses you’ve read so far? Which ones stand out to you or help you recognize how your life is changing?

Prayer for Today: Pray for help in applying God’s word in your life. Pray that you can hide God’s word in your heart and find strength from it.

Wednesday: Poetry and Other Literature

Scripture: Psalm 96:11-12; Psalm 1:2-3

We talked about how the Bible is filled with 66 different books. And each of these books has a purpose, and each book is a specific kind of book (mostly). For instance, Isaiah is mostly prophecy, but there are also songs of praise and some history in the book. Psalms means songs. We will find all kinds of descriptive and figurative language throughout the book.

Look at the verses for today. What do they tell you? If we take the two verses from Psalm 96, we might think we live in a land like Narnia where trees have minds and voices. But we know this is figurative language. What does it reveal about God’s creation?

Psalm 1 talks about what it means to follow God, and if we take this literally, we would think we turn into trees. What are these verses telling us about living a live following Christ?

Even though the Bible is rich with imagery, metaphor, and parables, it is also filled with history and instructions. When reading, we must recognize what type of literature we are reading. Match the following to the type of literature it is:

Genesis 1:3-4                                 Figurative language with teaching

Deuteronomy 6:5-10                    Instructions to follow

Matthew 5:30                                 History that actually happened

John 15:5                                         Hyperbole to prove a point

Numbers 22                                   A Parable (story with a lesson)

Mark 4 :1-20                                    History that actually happened

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Do you believe God’s word is true?
  2. Do you believe in absolute truth? Where do we find it?
  3. Do you believe God’s word should explain life or that life should guide how we interpret God’s word?
  4. How would you define discernment?

Prayer for Today: Pray for wisdom and understanding when reading God’s word. Pray that God’s word would be clear to you as you read.

Thursday: Be Doers of the Word

Scripture: James 1:5-8;16-27

These verses have much to teach us. First, we can ask God for wisdom. However, we are warned not to ask with a double mind. We are to seek wisdom from God and His word without any mixture of “but I think” or by holding to ideas from the culture around us. We must start with the Word of God for wisdom and understanding. If we start with our own thoughts and ideas or the ideas of our culture, and we try to make them fit into God’s word, we come out with false teaching. We see many of these today. And some churches have adopted wrong teachings so they can feel more comfortable in culture. We’re going to see the differences between what God tells us and the culture around us. If we don’t, we may not be reading the Bible correctly.

The second part of the chapter warns us to not just read God’s word and learn it in our minds, but to live it, to do it. We must obey it, or it is like any other book we read. We must let God’s truth teach us and help us know how to live, and then we must live it. We aren’t Christians in word only, claiming Christ’s name. We must show God’s love through our actions and attitudes.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What is the difference between eisegesis and exegesis?
  2. What should be our reaction when we learn that our culture goes against something in God’s word?
  3. In what area(s) of your life is God’s word speaking to you the most?

Prayer for Today: Pray for strength to stand for what God says and grace to live in a world that pushes us to live in ways that dishonor God. Pray for wisdom as you grow in understanding and in your walk with God.

Friday: Testimonies

Scripture: Romans 15:4; Hebrews 11:1-12:6

A huge part of Scripture is the stories of those who have come before us. They are stories of people who failed, who won amazing victories, and so many who were redeemed by faith in God and following His Word.

These testimonies of God’s faithfulness and provision encourage us in our walks with God. As you read through Hebrews 11, see how many stories you know. If you don’t know them, ask your leader to help you find them to read.

Through His word, God give us hope, strength, peace, wisdom, understanding, and so much more. Hold on to it. Let the Holy Spirit bring to your mind what you’ve read. Seek to live out the commands of the Lord, and follow Him daily.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What questions do you have about God’s Word?
  2. What languages were the Bible first written in?
  3. How important is God’s word in the Christian’s life?

Prayer for Today: Pray for clarity when reading God’s word, for wisdom to apply it, and understanding of how you should walk.

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