THE GREATEST LITTLE LIBRARY
Scripture: Psalm 119:105, 160; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23–25; 2 Peter 1:21
Memory verse: 2 Timothy 3:16
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching."
For this object lesson you will need a volunteer. Ask this student to step out of the room for a moment. While he is gone, tell the other students you will cover the eyes of the volunteer when he comes back. Then when you tell them to, the students will give the volunteer instructions to get him from the door to the chalkboard and then to his seat. Be sure the students know to give specific commands, such as “Move one step to the right,” or “Take three steps forward.”
Bring the volunteer back into the room. Cover his eyes with a cloth and turn him around several times. Now tell him to walk to the chalkboard. He will probably grope trying to find the chalkboard. After a few seconds tell him his classmates will give him instructions that will guide him to the chalkboard if he will follow them.
When the volunteer reaches the chalkboard, ask him to write his name. Then let the students direct the volunteer to his seat. He may then remove the cloth from his eyes.
Ask the volunteer which way was the easiest to get to the chalkboard. Tell the students that many things are made easier when we have some instruction. Our study this week will tells us about a very special guide for our lives.
Hearing God’s Word
Ask: “How is the Bible like a travel guide?” (Encourage responses.)
The Bible—Our Guide
God’s Word, the Holy Bible, is our travel guide for the journey of life. Everyone is headed toward an eternal home—heaven or hell. The Bible gives clear directions on how to get to heaven.
(Ask a student to read Psalm 119:105.) The Bible shows us the right path we are to follow to get to heaven. We can learn how to stay on this path by carefully reading and studying God’s Word. If we do what God’s Word teaches, we will stay on the pathway to heaven.
Proofs that the Bible is True
Ask: “How do we know God’s Word is true?” How can we know the Bible really is God’s Word?” (Allow discussion.)
These are important questions. Let us look at some reasons why the Bible is more than just another book. (Write the following points on the chalkboard as they are presented.)
1. Unity. The Bible gives one main message.
Ask: “How many books are in the Bible?” (Allow responses.) It is made up of 66 books—a little library in itself.
Ask: “How long do you think it took to write the Bible?” (Let the students guess.) It was written over a period of 1,600 years. More than 40 authors wrote the books of the Bible. It took a long time and a lot of people to write the Bible. Yet it has unity—one main message from Genesis to Revelation: God loves us and has a plan for our lives. Only God could have caused all the writers of the Bible to write about the same theme.
2. Scientific and historical accuracy.
Although some try to claim the Bible is inaccurate in matters of science and history, research and archaeological discoveries have proven the accuracy of the Bible. For example, some scholars claimed the story of Daniel and the lions’ den was inaccurate as lions are not native to Babylon. In recent years archaeologists have learned Babylonian kings imported lions from other lands. Some of them were used to execute criminals. We can rely on the Bible to be correct.
Truths of the Bible never grow old. Although written thousands of years ago, its message is just as important today. The truth of God’s Word never changes. It meets the needs of people today just as it helped people long ago. People of all times need to know the message of God’s love. Today people are working in far away places to translate God’s Word into more languages. It has already been translated into more languages than any other book.
The Bible cannot be destroyed. Many attempts have been made to destroy God’s Word, but no one has succeeded because God’s Word will never be destroyed. First Peter 1:23–25 tells us the Word of God will live and abide forever. Everything else might be destroyed, but God’s Word will always remain. (Ask a student to find and read Psalm 119:160.)
5. Fulfilled prophecy.
Prophecies in the Bible have come true. Prophecy is a “special message from God, often about a coming event, given by a prophet.” (A prophet is a person under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.) Some prophecies made in Old Testament times came true in New Testament times. Some examples are Jesus’ birth (Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:22, 23) and the coming of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28, 29 and Acts 2:1–4, 14–18.) (Let volunteers read these prophecies and their fulfilment.) Even today, things spoken of in God’s Word are happening. This is clear proof that God’s Word is true.
One of the greatest proofs that the Bible is true is the power it has to change lives. Many people have found Jesus as their Saviour just by hearing or reading the Bible. God’s Word caused them to turn away from their sinful lives and live holy and pleasing lives for God.
Hebrews 4:12 explains why this happens. (Direct the students to find this verse in their Bibles.) God’s Word is like a razor-sharp, two-edged sword that cuts right into our thoughts and attitudes. No matter what terrible things a person might have done, God’s Word is powerful enough to speak to his heart and mind. Satan cannot stop God’s Word from helping people realize they are sinners and need to accept Jesus as their Saviour.
These are some of the proofs that help us know the Bible is God’s Word. Since the Bible truly is God’s Word, it should become the guidebook for our lives. God’s Word tells us how to know God and how He wants us to live. In it we find directions and instructions that will help us in this life and direct us to eternal life in heaven with Jesus. It keeps us on the right course so we will not lose our way to God.
The Bible is Inspired
(Direct the students to find 2 Timothy 3:16.) Every chapter and verse of the Bible is “God-breathed.” Inspired is another word for this. God brought about the Bible by causing the hearts and minds of many writers to be filled with His words. The writers were not like puppets or machines that were operated by God; instead God sent His Holy Spirit to help them know what to write. (Instruct the students to find and read 2 Peter 1:21.)
This study tells us that God’s Word provides us with absolute rules of faith and conduct, or behaviour.
We learn in our memory verse that God’s Word is useful for teaching (these teachings are doctrine), for rebuking, for correcting, and for training in righteousness. Teaching means, “communicating knowledge.” The Bible teaches us how God wants us to live. Rebuking is “Letting someone know that something is being done wrong.” The Bible rebukes us when we sin. Correcting is “showing the right way something should be done.” This happens when we learn what God wants is different from what we do.
Training is “giving directions on how to avoid doing wrong in the future.” We need all these—teaching, rebuking, correcting and training—in order to become strong Christians.
Our Map for Life
The Bible is our map for life.
Ask: “What would happen if we started on a trip to a foreign land, but we did not take a map to help us? What if we said, ‘Oh well, I will get there someday’? Do you think we would have an easy time finding our way?” (Allow responses.)
We would get lost a lot of the time. We would waste a lot of time and money trying to find the place we wanted to be. Without knowing how to get there, perhaps we would never reach our destination.
It is the same with going to heaven. If we do not study the Bible, we will not know how to get there. The Bible is the only road map we have. If we do not use it, Satan will cause us to get lost in false teachings about how to live and we will never find our way to God.
This week is a good time to start a habit of reading the Bible every day. Think of a specific time that you can read, such as just before you go to bed or when you first wake up in the morning. Check off each day on a calendar when you read from your Bible. Try to read without missing a single day. Then the Holy Spirit can teach you how to live and show you the way to heaven.
Pastor Mohammed accepted Jesus as his Saviour while attending secondary school. When his parents learned of his conversion, they totally rejected him. The local church accepted him into their fellowship as family, and sent him to Bible school upon completion of his secondary education.
Four years of Bible school was a maturing experience for Mohammed as he was discipled and became a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. He married a Digo lady who shared his Christian faith and desire to introduce Jesus, the Saviour, to their people. Their commitment is long-term as seen in the selection of names for their three children; all of them are Arabic Muslim names, but their meaning discloses Christian qualities. Mohammed's name opens the door for him to witness and he wanted his children to have that same evangelistic advantage.
REMEMBER TO PRAY
Pray for Digo Couples
1. Set a godly example for their children and the Digo community,
2. Recognize that they are a team—united and supportive of one another,
3. Sharing together in ministry with each one making a valuable contribution in bring Digo to Christ.
"Signs will accompany those who believe" (Mark 16:17).
Remember: THE GREATEST LITTLE LIBRARY
Memory verse: 2 Timothy 3:16
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching."
1. The Bible is my travel guide for life's journey.
2. Every chapter and verse of the Bible was written by men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
3. I will develop the habit of reading the Bible every day.
Pray for Digo Couples.
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