This is our last week in conversation about why it’s important to know the Bible. We will start in Psalm 37 with some special insight from Cheryn. You can find the homework below, along with a bonus recording and companion worksheet with a lesson from Holly to deepen your understanding of the material. As always, you can simply listen to the podcast without any of that, but it’s there when you are ready to dig a little deeper. This series has four parts and you are really going to love it. If you missed any of it, you can find it in our archives. The ladies in this session are beautifully wise and vulnerable at the same time. I know you will find common ground with them on many levels. Be sure to let us know how God is working in your life by leaving some comments below. We want to expand this community beyond just the “friends” around the microphone. Don’t be shy!
“Why is it important to know the Bible” Homework
Study With Friends – Why is it important to know the Bible_Bonus_Lesson
Why is it important to know the Bible-Bonus Lesson Worksheet
Toward the end of the study, we talk about a time when “the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life”. As you heard us discuss, the Bible doesn’t tell us about what happened after they “went into the holy city and appeared to many people.” (Matthew 27:52-53). What events do you wish the Bible told us more about?
Canonization is the process by which church elders and leadership councils decided what would officially be included in the Bible. “But these regional councils did not just pick books they happened to like, but affirmed the books they believed had functioned as foundational documents for the Christian faith. In other words, these councils were declaring the way things had been, not the way they wanted them to be. Thus, these councils did not create, authorize, or determine the canon. They simply were part of the process of recognizing a canon that was already there.” and “Humans did not determine the canon, they responded to it. In this sense, we can say that the canon really chose itself.” -Michael J. Kruger
For an authoritative source on the subject, see The Canon of Scripture by F.F.Bruce
Throughout scripture, Jesus often used parables (brief stories using physical symbols) to illustrate a spiritual truth, such as the parable about the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).
Also, we referred to the Dead Sea Scrolls being found in 1947, it was actually 1946. If our discussion piqued your interest, you can find more information at http://www.deadseascrolls.org
As you listened to this week’s study, we discussed 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and the idea of all scripture being “God-breathed”. We believe that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). We understand this to mean that the whole Bible is inspired, in that holy men of God “were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21; Acts 1:16) to write the Bible.