1. Where did the Bible come from?
Every book of the Bible has a human author, but God himself was the ultimate author. According to 2 Timothy 3:16, the Bible is “God-breathed.” This means that God supernaturally “breathed out” his message through the human writers in such a way that the words they wrote were truly the words of God himself. Sometimes God spoke to the writers directly. Sometimes he dictated things to them. At other times he helped them to search out the truth so that they could share it with others. At all times he guided them in such a way that they wrote down in their own personal styles the things he wanted them to write. He also kept them from making errors in all that they wrote.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)
2. What can we gain by studying the Bible?
a. The Bible teaches us many important truths that we cannot learn anywhere else.
b. The Bible introduces us to the real, living God.
c. The Bible teaches us how to live in a way that honors and pleases God.
d. The Bible promises us many wonderful blessings if we follow its teachings.
e. The Bible shows us how we may have an everlasting life full of joy and peace.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)
I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11)
The rules of the LORD are true . . . In keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:9-11)
Blessed is the man . . . whose delight is in the law of the LORD . . . He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)
3. Can we trust what the Bible says?
Yes! God’s Word is true in every way and all its promises will be fulfilled. We should recognize, however, that some parts of the Bible were written in a poetic style or with figures of speech that should not be interpreted literally.
For the word of the LORD is upright. (Psalm 33:4)
All his precepts are trustworthy. (Psalm 111:7)
The sum of your word is truth; and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. (Psalm 119:160)
4. What did Jesus teach about the Bible?
When Jesus lived on earth, the New Testament had not yet been written. However, he quoted from the Old Testament, recognized it as the true Word of God, taught that it was completely trustworthy, said that all its prophecies would surely be fulfilled, and declared that the Scriptures were pointing to himself.
Jesus said: “Your Word is truth.” (John 17:17)
Jesus said: “Until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18)
Jesus said, “Scripture cannot be broken.” (John 10:35)
Jesus said, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me.” (John 5:39)
Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:27)
5. Since the Bible was written many years ago, can it still be of help to us today?
Absolutely!The Bible is a living book which speaks to the hearts of people in every age, in every place and in every situation. Its truths continue to be a guide, an inspiration, a comfort, and a challenge to people around the world.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
6. How can the Bible be a guide for us?
The Bible teaches us what is right and what is wrong in the sight of God. It also gives us important moral guidelines for every area of life—marriage, family, work, education, recreation, leisure, business, politics, and personal relationships. Though the Bible does not deal with every possible situation that may arise, it does give us general principles which can be helpful throughout our entire lives no matter where we live or what we are doing.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. (Psalm 119:9)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies. (Psalm 119:59)
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life. (Proverbs 6:23)
7. What are some of the other ways the Bible can help us in our everyday life?
The Bible provides us with comfort in times of sorrow, encouragement in times of special need, hope in times of distress, inspiration in times of personal challenge, peace in times of turmoil, and assurance of God’s loving presence at all times.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. (Psalm 19:7)
The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart. (Psalm 19:8)
Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. (Psalm 119:165)
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. (Psalm 119:93)
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. (Psalm 119:50)
Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
8. What is the greatest benefit we can receive from reading and studying the Bible?
The greatest benefit we can receive through reading, studying and believing the Bible is knowing God and finding the way to eternal life through faith in Jesus. All other blessings we receive in this life may be temporary, but the life we receive through faith in Jesus is eternal and glorious.
From childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:15)
These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31)