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This week I get to teach about the Bible to our large group in Awana Club; this lesson is easily adapted to any age. We will be focusing on 2 Timothy 3:16 which is our memory verse for this week.
There are many facts about the Bible that are important. In this Bible lesson we will focus on the inerrancy of God's authorship and how the Bible is important and relevant to our lives in the present.
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Lesson Summary: The Bible did not happen by accident. God spoke it to men that they could write it correctly without error. He gives us the Bible as His story that we might know Him and find direction for or lives in it.
Key Takeaway: God is both the author and the subject of the Bible consistently through all 66 books.
Focal Scripture: Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16
Prep or supplies: You'll need a white board and markers or sheets of paper. Have a variety of colors or writing tools such as marker, pen, pencil, crayon, etc. There is also an object lesson using a GPS.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;"
2 Timothy 3:16
Ask students to name one of their favorite books or favorite authors.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us the Bible is not like any other book. It says it is living and active. This means the Bible can change lives!
God is the author! An important lesson we need to understand about the Bible is that God inspired all of it without error. He is the author.
Have them circle up so that they can "pass" a whisper from one end to the other. Whisper your favorite book and author and a little bit about it to the first person. Then they whisper to the next, etc. It will be interesting to see how distorted it will be after passing through so many people!
God did not risk having His Word just passed from one person to the next and to the next, etc. Read 2 Timothy 3:16 aloud. The Bible says "God inspired" Scripture. Another translation says "God breathed" it.
God's Spirit spoke His Word to the hearts of 40 different men over a period of 1,500 years through 66 books, and it remains one clear seamless story about Him and about His promise to rescue us.
Everything we know to be true about God has been written down for us in His Word. Yes, Romans 1:20 tell us that through His creation His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen. God went beyond that though; He didn't want to leave it to chance. He tells us about Himself and had men write it down. He wants us to know Him. If that was not clear enough, His Word (Jesus) became flesh and lived a life on earth. (John 1:14)
Ask students what they know about you and how they came to know these things. Many will include that someone else told them. How can they know those things are true? They can ask you.
Have a student come forward and whisper something about yourself into their ear; have them write that on the white board or paper for others to see and read. Repeat this with other facts about yourself using different volunteers each time and have them use a different color or writing utensil.
Explain that although different students wrote the facts about you on the board, they can know these are true because you told them. In the same way, God may have used about 40 different men to write the Bible, but God is the one that inspired/breathed/spoke His truth they each wrote. They were just the tools God used to write His Words.
Just like you had different people come up and write with different writing utensils or colors, God used different men with different personalities, writing forms, experiences, etc. but they wrote God's Words not their own.
We can know the Bible is true because God does not lie. He wants us to know Him. He is truth. The Bible is not a Biography; it is an Autobiography.
God also gives us the Bible to help direct our life now in the present to point us to Him and help us follow Him. Read 2 Timothy 3:16 aloud focusing this time on how it is profitable or useful.
It would be one thing to tell someone directions to get somewhere, say to their house; it would be another for them to direct you to the same place. God does not leave it to chance that we will know how to find Him and follow Him all the way to His home in Heaven. He gives us the Bible to instruct us. Of course, He went even beyond that and sent His Son, the Word, to show us.
Use our GPS object lesson to demonstrate how God doesn't just tell us directions, He gives us the Bible to:
A Global Positioning System is able to use information from satellites far above the earth to tell us where we are in relation to where we want to go. God sees the WHOLE picture throughout time and space far beyond any satellite. He has given us the Bible as a tool to direct us to knowing Him and following Him.
Today we have learned that God inspired all Scripture; it is without error and completely true. He is the author. God gave us the Bible so we can know Him and also to direct our lives to follow Him.
Father, thank You for making sure we don't miss out on knowing you. Thank you that not only does creation show us your power and divine nature, but you also sent Your Son in the flesh to live among us. Thank you that we can know the Bible is true because you spoke it directly to men to write it down without error. Now we ask that Your Holy Spirit help us as we read and understand Your Word. Help us to know You better and better and to follow You each day of our lives. We love you, LORD; thank You for loving us!
© Copyright 2018 Susan Smart.
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