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Knowing the Bible 101 - Chapter 1

Here is a link to the table of contents and an excerpt of the first chapter of the book Knowing the Bible 101.

Video: Is the Bible truly God’s Word?

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

1.      If you have avoided reading the Bible until now, explain why. What led to your current interest in the Bible?

2.      What might Josh McDowell have meant when he said the Bible contains no “scientific absurdities”?

3.      Role play for a moment. Imagine the Bible is on trial, and you have been called to testify. Answer this question: How do you know the Bible is God's word?

4.      What is your favorite Bible story? If you are reading this book in a group study, be prepared to tell the story aloud to the others in your group. If you're going through this book on your own, tell your story to a friend or someone in your family.

5.      Review the five strict guidelines that the church councils used to determine which books qualify as Scripture. Describe how each of these impacts you personally as you read the Bible.

6.      Did you know that people were actually killed for translating the Bible so others could better understand it? How does that fact affect you as you read your own favorite Bible translation?

7.      Read 2 Timothy 3:16 and Hebrews 4:12. What are your top three reasons for reading the Bible regularly?

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Knowing the Bible 101 - Chapter 2

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Monday blessings to all. I am looking forward to our next discussion time - Wednesday, June 19th @ 6:30PM. Chapter 2 - The Deeper You Go! The chapter opens with a statement from Frank Gaebelein, founding Headmaster of Stony Brook School. Frank says "Maintain at all costs a daily time of Scripture reading and prayer. As I look back, I see that the most formative influence in my life and thought has been my daily contact with Scripture over 60 years".

As I look back at our last discussion time, the following are the talking points I remember shared by others. First, life experiences and evidence of creation assures that there is a God. The Bible tells us who …


The fact that early (and early is the key point) church leaders met to determine which books should be included in the Bible and used strict discerning guidelines to come to their council decision, gives me confidence that it was trusted as God's Word, the authors had been historically proven to be men of God, and the power of God was, and still is today, experienced by those reading the Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls news story that happened in my lifetime (1946-1956) gives me even more assurance that the Bible has the authentic stamp of God. The fact that people were killed for translating the Bible so that others could better know it, gives me a sobering confidence …


My favorite Bible Story is Joseph. Probably because both my husband and son were in the play Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Also, because Arlo Guthrie mentioned the story during his concert I attended at LPAC. Arlo spoke of the man in the desert who noticed Joseph wandering around in the fields and directed Joseph to where his brothers had gone to graze their sheep (Genesis 37:15-17) and how when this man got home, his wife said, "Why didn't you tell Joseph your name?" Arlo told the joke much better than I can, but I still laugh at the truth that this man played a pivotal point in the story of Israel but today only God knows his n…


A funny thing happened on my way to the Jury Box. The defense attorney asked me "How will you know if the witness is telling the truth?" I responded, "Well, they swore to tell the truth". Needless to say, I didn't get picked to serve on the jury. How do I know the Bible is God's Word? The Bible says it is. Plus, many people smarter than me, more dedicated to study than me, and revered by time say without a doubt, the Bible is God's Word. I choose to be in their jury pool.


In response to question #2 for Chapter One Discussion I found the following You Tube link - I hope this works:

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