Study the Bible with me / Lesson 1: The Word of God and Faith

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From the Bible Study “Understanding & Teaching Apostolic Doctrine”  by Josh Wilson (Apostolic Conquerors)

May it bless you greatly, I am especially using this bible study with my teenager boy and he is enjoying! Feel free to download the bible study for free here. Great for new converts, youth, teen & more

Lesson 1: The Word of God and Faith

The reason we start with the Word of God and faith is because they will act as two foundational principles that we can build upon as we go through the four lessons of this Bible study. We will establish that the Word of God is infallible and that you can put your faith in every word that is written in your Bible. When you put your faith in His Word, God will begin to do some amazing things in your life.

Bible Background and Facts

• There are 66 books in the Bible

• The Bible is broken into two different sections: the Old Testament, and the New Testament

• The Old Testament is made up of 39 books

• The New Testament is made up of 27 books

• God used over 40 different men to write the Bible

• The first book of the Bible is Genesis, and the last is Revelation

• In some Bibles there are red letters in the New Testament that represent words spoken by Jesus

• The Bible contains 1,189 chapters, 31,102 verses, and 783,137 words

• The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9

• The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, “Jesus wept.”

• According to the Bible Society in Israel, there are approximately 50 Bibles sold every minute throughout the world Quick Tips About Reading the Bible When a preacher or teacher says, “Please turn in your Bibles to Acts 2:38,” we understand that:

• Acts is the name of the book you would turn to

• “2” means to look for the second chapter

• “38” is the verse that will be read from the second chapter Let’s take some time to turn in our Bibles to Acts 2:38 and read it. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” —Acts 2:38 KJV When you first get a Bible, it looks like a huge book that will take forever to read.

However, there are one-year Bible reading programs available to help you read through the entire Bible in a year, taking less than 10 minutes each day. Think about it: you could read the entire Bible twice each year with just 20 minutes of reading! In fact, many smartphones and tablets now have Bible reading programs that will send you a daily notification to remind you to read each day. If you do not have time to sit and read, the apps will often times read the Bible to you as you continue throughout your day.

LESSON 1: THE WORD OF GOD

ACTS 2:38 —–> The book of the Bible where you’ll be reading from. The chapter of the book (numbering begins again in each new book) Individual verses in each chapter are numbered. So in this example, you’ll read the 38th verse of the 2nd chapter.

How scripture references work:

The Bible holds the Guinness World’s Record for the Best Selling Book of Non-Fiction.

Recent estimates state that there are more than 5 billion copies in print in more than 2,123 languages!

What are the Benefits of the Bible?

• You will learn about the Creator of this world

• You will learn how to make it through tough situations that life throws your way

• You will learn about the love that Jesus has for you

• Every question you have can be answered by the Word of God

• Even though the Bible is thousands of years old, it still has the ability to speak to us today

Who is the Author of the Bible?

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” —2 Peter 1:20-21 There is only one Author of the Word of God, and the Author is God Himself. God would move upon men of God with His Spirit, and they would begin to write the words that He spoke to them.

A great example of God speaking to a holy man of God can be found in the Book of Exodus. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.

And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount. And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.” —Exodus 34:1-4

This instance was with a man whom God chose to write what is now called the 10 Commandments. God spoke to Moses and said that He needed him to bring two stones so He could write upon them. Then Moses could bring the law, or the commandments, back to the people he was leading into the promised land God had given them. The Lord would speak and then the men of God would write as the Lord spoke to them.

Here’s an example: You go into a doctor’s office and the doctor takes his phone out, pushes the record button on the phone, and begins to speak. When he gets finished he pushes the stop button, and emails the audio files to his secretary.

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Have a blessed week

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It was my sophomore year in college. I sat frustrated in the office of our campus minister, Chad. I don’t exactly remember what I was frustrated about, just that I needed to vent and I knew Chad would listen.

We had only recently been introduced, but he was intentional about meeting with me. Initially, I wasn’t interested. It appeared we had nothing in common. Chad is white. I’m not. He is short. I’m not. He listens to bluegrass music. I didn’t, still don’t, and likely never will. However, since he showed great interest in me I decided to accept his invitation to hang out, which we ended up doing about twice a week, meeting on campus to talk about life and Jesus, and my issues with authority, girls, and people in general.

Those were my issues in those days, and though I don’t remember the precise problem I was ranting about in his office, it most likely had something to do with that. Take your pick. I went on and on as Chad listened patiently. Once I finished, he looked at me intently and said something that hit me like a ton of bricks: “Phillip, you have daddy issues.”

Who Is the Orphan?

Scripture has plenty to say about the orphan and our responsibility to them. We’re instructed that our neglect of the orphan reflects the purity of our faith before the Father (James 1:27). We’re warned that mistreatment of the orphan is punished by the wrath of God (Exodus 22:22–24). We are also exhorted to seek justice for the orphan (Psalm 10:8, 82:3). Since Scripture is our guide for living faithfully in this fallen world, we cannot afford to ignore the orphan if we desire to follow Christ.

During Old Testament times, the word “orphan” most often referred to children that were fatherless and not only isolated to those who had lost both parents. However, when our culture thinks about orphans, hardly anyone thinks about the boy or girl growing up in a single-mother home. I think this is a result of two assumptions in our culture. First, women are able to work and provide for families, therefore, we assume that if a child is financially secure, this eliminates the necessity of the father. Second, distinctions in gender roles have been bleached, thus eliminating the idea that men and women make unique contributions to the home.

But contrary to society’s claims, fathers play a crucial role in the mental, emotional, and spiritual development of a child.

Beware the Costly Assumption

Voddie Baucham has noted some startling statistics on fatherlessness. Nearly 75 percent of fatherless American children will experience poverty before the age of eleven, compared to 20 percent of those raised by two parents. In fact, fatherlessness is the number one cause of poverty in America. Although it happens on occasion, very few children are living in poverty with a father in the home.

Children living in homes where fathers are absent are far more likely to be expelled from school. They are also more likely to drop out of school, develop emotional or behavioral problems, commit suicide, and fall victim to child abuse or neglect. Fatherless males are far more likely to become violent criminals (fatherless males represent 70 percent of the prison population serving long-term sentences) (Baucham, What He Must Be, 22).

The assumption that the father is of little use in the home and lives of children is costly. This mindset is especially unfortunate because the church has adopted it, at the very least, in practice, even in Reformed circles. We reveal this when we show little care for those without fathers. If we can agree that the fatherless should be considered orphans, and even the children with absentee dads, does the church have a responsibility?

To find the fatherless, one doesn’t necessarily need an agency. We’re everywhere. We’re your next-door neighbors. We’re in your school systems. We’re in your local congregations. According to the US Department of Census, 43% of children in the United States live without their father (and these statistics can’t account for fathers who are physically present yet absent in every other way).

If the church wants to bring up young male and female leaders in their congregations and effectively evangelize their city, they must address the issue of fatherlessness. This is not an option. But how does this look?

How We Can Learn from Paul

Paul is a great model for what it meant to be a spiritual father. He exhorts the church at Corinth to “be imitators” of his fatherly example (1 Corinthians 4:15–17). In this passage, Paul points out that the Corinthian Christians have many “guides” but few fathers. The difference between teachers and fathers is intimacy. Paul perhaps recognized that mere words are insufficient — opening our mouths isn’t enough if we never open our hearts to train. Paul sends Timothy, his beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind the church of his “ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.”

Paul had modeled fatherhood well in Timothy’s life. He affectionately refers to Timothy here and in other letters as his “true child” in the faith (1 Timothy 1:1; 2 Timothy 1:1). We know that Timothy was discipled by his mother and grandmother, Eunice and Lois. His father is not mentioned at all, which leaves us assuming that he was either absent or not a Christian. Paul sending Timothy provides the church at Corinth a model of fatherhood through the gospel — as well as the fruit of it. We can still learn from this example today.

It takes men and families building relationships with kids and young adults intentionally looking for spiritual sons and daughters to adopt “unofficially.” To our surprise, I think we’d find most kids and young adults with absent fathers would be open to older godly men acting as a spiritual father in their lives. These relationships need to be developed patiently, with the local church encouraging and supporting this initiative in the context of discipleship.

There are many children and young adults who need to hear the words Chad said to me that day in his office. And there are many men in our local congregations who God may be calling to say them — and fill the gap.

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