Alpha Week 6: WORD Why and how do I read the Bible?

  1. The opening short showed a story of someone smuggling Bibles. Why do you think the Bible has been outlawed throughout history? Why is it considered dangerous?
     
  2. The Bible is the best selling book in the world. Even from a non-Christian perspective, why should we read the Bible?
    (Answer: because you should read the most important book in history 😃 )
     
  3. Read the passages below. Pay attention to what the Bible says about how God was involved in writing the scriptures.

    2 Timothy 3:16   All Scripture is breathed out [inspired] by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness...
    2 Peter 1:21   For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
     
  4. What word does it use in Timothy to talk how God was involved? What about in Peter
     
  5. Does the architect illustration explain what the Bible is saying in the two verses above?
     
  6. Do you think the Bible has a purpose in the world today? What is it?

    A legitimate conflict between science and religion cannot exist. Religion without science is blind, and science without religion is lame. ~ Albert Einstein
     
  7. The video quoted Albert Einstein. Why is it necessary to address the conflict between the Bible and science when introducing the Bible?
    (Answer: Because many people ignore the Bible because they believe it contradicts science.) 
     
  8. What do you think about the relationship between science and the Bible?
     
  9. Have you ever tried to read the Bible? How’d it go?
     
  10. The video gave six points about how to read the Bible. Can you explain why each point is important?
    1. Don’t flip and point
    2. Genre matters
    3. Ask lots of questions
    4. Pray
    5. Talk to people
    6. Put it into practice
       
  11. The most important tip for reading the Bible was “put it into practice.” Read the verses below and pray that God would help you to allow the Bible to be put into practice in your life.

    James 1:22-25   But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.