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Lesson 1
Introducing…The Bible!

Memory verse: II Timothy 3:16
Introducing…The Bible
 The most wonderful
  book in the world
 Like a letter from
  God
God is the focus of our study
                   God wants us to know
                    Him
                   He is the central
                    character of the Bible
                   You will learn what
                    He’s like
                     Who He is
                     What He does
                     What He’s like   – His
                      personality
Timeline
We will study the Bible
chronologically
   Bible is history from God’s
    point of view
   We’ll study history in order
       What was there before the
        beginning?
       Do you know where angels
        came from?
       Where is God right now?
   Time line
       Shows things in order they
        happened
       Example: Who came first,
        Moses or Abraham?
       Next lesson is from Genesis
            Foundation of the Bible
Foundation for understanding
                  Ever seen a house
                   being built?
                    Do  builders start with
                     the roof?
                    No! Built on firm
                     foundation, one piece at
                     a time
                    What if foundation is
                     weak or built wrong?
                  Attend every lesson
                    Every lesson builds a
                     foundation for future
                     ones
A look at the Bible
   What’s inside
     Table of contents
     Old Testament
     New Testament
     Chapter & verse
      numbers
     Footnotes & helps

   Bible is God’s Word
     Just the text of the Bible,
      not footnotes, etc.
The Bible is the Word of God
                II Timothy 3:16
                Prophets
                    God spoke exact messages He
                     wanted in Bible
                    Sometimes out loud
                    Sometimes in visions
                    Sometimes directly into their minds
                    Exact!
                II Peter 1:20-21
                God tells us what we need to
                 know!
                    No other book written this way
                Written in an interesting way
                    40 men
                    1,600 years
                    One author!
Bible came through the Jews
                  All but one Bible writer
                   was Jewish
                    Guess  which one was a
                     Gentile?
                  God’s message is for
                   the whole world,
                   through Israel
                  Isaiah 45:22
                         was God’s
                    Israel
                     megaphone
Israel
Bible was passed down intact
               1.       God’s prophets wrote
                        down God’s exact
                        message
               2.       Original copies wore
                        out, new copies had to
                        be made
               3.       Copying done with care
                         Number of letters
                          counted, middle letters
                          marked
                         More copies of Bible than
                          any other ancient book
                         All manuscripts found
                          say same thing
Dead Sea scrolls
   1947, shepherd boy
    discovered them
   Scrolls hidden in 1st
    century before Christ
   Same content as other
    scriptures found 1,000
    years earlier
Bible in many languages
   Originally written in
    Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek
   For many centuries, only a
    few could have copies
   God enabled men to
    translate Bible into many
    languages
   We now have many
    versions in our language
   Bible has been translated
    more than any other book
Bible is accurate history
                    What is an archaeologist?
                        Studies the past
                        Digs up things left by ancient
                         civilizations
                        Archaeologists have found
                         evidence for the Bible
                             Locations of cities
                             Names
                             Dates
                    Bible never needs to be
                     updated or changed
                        School textbooks and
                         encyclopedias do!
                    Psalm 119:89
Bible is God’s personal message to us

    Different from any
     other book
      Tells us about God
      Tells us what God
       thinks of us
      God wrote the Bible
       for each one of us!
Conclusion: The Bible
                   Printed more times
                    than any other book
                   Translated into more
                    languages than any
                    other book
                   Personal message to
                    us

				
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