Do you remember the first Bible story you ever heard? Maybe Noah’s ark, Daniel and the lion’s den, Jesus being born in a manger, or the Gospel? This weekend, we focused on the Bible, not as just a book of stories, but as the alive and active written Word of God. Because of who our God is, we can trust it and let Him use it to tell us His story and change our lives.
WE BELIEVE: The Bible
This Week’s Finish Line: We Believe The Bible
This week is our first of five “We Believe Weekends,” where we learn what we believe about doctrines essential to the Christian faith. Our first “We Believe Weekend” centers around the Bible and focuses on three questions and answers, pairing scripture with each. The Bible is the written word of God, composed of 66 books, physically written by many different men, but all inspired by the Spirit of God. Because God never changes, His Word, the Bible, never changes. We can trust because it is true now, then and forever. The Bible tells the story of God’s people, the need for His Son, Jesus, and His plan to redeem the world and make a way for us to be restored to a right relationship with Him. Use the handout your kids got this week to review all 3 questions, answers, and verses!
MEMORY VERSE: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right." 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)
READ 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
- What is the Bible? (The Bible is the written word of God!)
- What do we learn about the Bible in these verses? How did the people know what to write? (The Holy Spirit gave them the words to say. It’s not a book of made up stories.)
- How does God use the bible in our lives? (To prepare us to do His work, correct and teach us, show us who He is)
READ NUMBERS 23:19
- Why can we trust the Bible? (The Bible is true now, then, and forever)
- What does Numbers teach us about God and His Word? (He is not a man and does not lie or change His mind. His words will never change.)
- So, did Moses, David, and Paul pray to the same God who is alive today? (Yes!) What does that tell you about His Word? (Because He tells the truth and never changes, His Word never changes and everything it teaches is true.)
Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
* Check out our vision for parents and how to use these activities each week.
Teacher: Meal Time
READ JOHN 20:30-31 Why did John write his Gospel? (So we can know Jesus is who He says He is, the Messiah, and have life by believing in Him.) Practice the 13 eras of our Bible Timeline (including the hand motions) with your family. (Creation, Patriarchs, Exodus, Conquest, Judges, Kingdom, Exile, Return, Silence, Gospels, Church, Missions, Future) You can even print out our Bible Timeline to help you remember all of the eras!
Friend: Drive Time
Parents, ask your kids what questions they have about the Bible. Share with them questions you’ve had before about the Bible or questions others have asked you in the past about God’s Word. Helpful hint: If you’re not sure of the answers, www.gotquestions.org is a great resource to help answer tough questions about God, the Bible, and theology.
Pray and thank God for the amazing gift of His Word. Ask Him to help you diligently read and study it so you can know Him better. Thank Him for how He has used the Bible in your life to teach, protect and guide you.
One of the spiritual disciplines we’re studying this year is Bible Study. But before we study the Bible, it’s important to know what it’s all about! Check out the take-home page your kids got this weekend and review all 3 questions, answers, and verses together as a family. You can also use the journal page to help you while you’re practicing your spiritual disciplines this week.
Thank You God for Your inspired Word, the Bible, and that we have the privilege to have Your Word in our hands anytime we want. Thank You that we can be sure of what we believe and know that it is true. God, we ask for opportunities to share with the people around us the reasons that we believe in You and Your Word. We love You, God. Amen.
Next week is Worship Together Weekend, but we will begin September's Godly characteristic, INITIATIVE, on September 10th. We will learn about taking wise action without being told.
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