HOW DO I KNOW THE BIBLE IS TRUE?
BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To help you prepare, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips when it comes to leading difficult and potentially controversial discussions.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s some suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
- Ask each person to silently thank God for the Bible he/she is holding.
- Ask individuals to read verses from Psalm 119 as a prayer: Psalm 119:11, 16, 35, 50, 89, 97, 103, 105, 130, 140.
- Thank God that the Bible stands as His accurate, reliable truth - in the midst of our culture’s version of subjective truth.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
When has your testimony as an eyewitness been important? (at work, in family relationships, in sports, in casual conversation, in a legal setting…)
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we will explore the question, “How do I know the Bible is true?” with our focus on the importance of eyewitness accounts.
Open your Bibles together and read 2 Timothy 3:16, 17.
- How is the Bible central and foundational to the Christian faith?
The Bible is Primarily Eyewitness Accounts: The use of eyewitness accounts is strong evidence for the Bible’s historical reliability.
- In what ways do we depend on eyewitnesses in our culture today? How do we verify and use eyewitness accounts to determine what actually happened?
- How is eyewitness testimony stronger than hearsay?
- What “eyewitness words” does John use in 1 John 1:1-4?
- The Resurrection of Jesus is critical (a “deal-breaker”) for Christianity. Name the people identified as eyewitnesses of the risen Jesus. (John 20:11-18; Luke 24:13, 31-35, 36-42; John 21:1-7; 1 Corinthians 15:5-8)
- When an eyewitness speaks, confident assurance rings in his or her voice. How can a believer in Jesus today speak with this same kind of confidence?
(“Eyewitness Accounts” is one of the proofs given in the weekend sermon. For “Manuscript Evidence” and “Archaeology” see Resources below.)
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here are some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Gratitude for eyewitnesses whose stories are recorded in the Bible.
- Sharing Jesus with others with “eyewitness confidence.”
- Raising children who know the evidence that the Bible is true.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
- Read your Bible with a renewed sense of awe and thanksgiving.
- Share your own “eyewitness experience” of God with someone.
- Read the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls with your children (link included below)
- Invite someone to join you for next week's Part 2 of “How do I know the Bible is true?”
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH, DISCUSSION & DISCIPLESHIP
- (Article) - Testing the Historical Reliability of the New Testament by Sheri Bell
- (Article) - Kids Answers: Dead Sea Scrolls (Old Testament manuscripts) by Avery Foley
- (Article) - Archaeological Evidence Verifying Biblical Cities by Matt Slick
- (Book Resource) - "The Case for Christ," by Lee Strobel
- (Book Resource) - "Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World," by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell