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The Bible (6) - Questions

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2 Timothy 3:14-17
As for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

From whom did Timothy learn the faith and the Scriptures? 

2 Timothy 1:5

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

From whom did YOU learn the faith and the Scriptures? Thank the Lord for them and if possible say thanks to them too. 

The Bible has 2 purposes:

  1. To make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus 
  2. To equip us to live right and good lives

What does this passage from Joshua say about the role the Bible plays in equipping us for life?

Joshua  1:7-8

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Essential to living a successful and victorious Christian life is getting into Scripture AND getting Scripture into you

Here are two outstanding resources to help you equip your smaller children.

Work through this guideline for reading the Bible. Why is each step important? Which step is new for you?


How to Read the Bible


God’s Spirit inspired the authors of the Bible to write His Word. So pray for the Spirit to now speak to you as you read the Bible. Begin with a prayer something like this: “God, as I read Your Word I want to hear from You. Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”


Read a passage from the Bible.


Restate or summarize the passage or the part that stood out for you in your own words. You may find it helpful to record your thoughts in a notebook, in the margins of your Bible or on your device.


Think through the passage by asking: What does this passage say about God? People? Life? Once again, record your thoughts.


We’re not called to merely listen to the Word, but to do what it says. So finish this phrase, “I will … (start, stop, believe, share with, memorize, etc.).”


Finally, conclude with a prayer like this: “God, thank you for showing me _______ (what you discovered in your Bible reading). Now help me to _______ (how you seek to respond). Amen.”

Some say they don't have time or it's too difficult to use a Bible reading guide like this. What does this graphic and this quote from G.K. Chesterton say to that?

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Let's use this guideline for a week and report back how it is going and if it has helped.

Below is a guideline for praying. In daily devotions God speaks to us through the Bible and we speak to Him through prayer.


How to P-R-A-Y

P - Praise

Lord, I praise You for ...

R - Repent

Lord, I repent of ...

A - Ask

Lord, I ask for ...

Y - Yield

Lord, I yield to You. I yield my day, my plans, my dreams, my will, my life. What would You have me pray about? What would You say to me?

Write down anything you sense the Lord may be saying to you. What do you need to do with it?

Next Steps

  1. Use the Daily Devotions bookmark
  2. Thank the Lord for those who taught and modeled the faith for you and thank them if possible
  3. Pray that our own children would embrace and continue in the faith we have taught and modeled for them 
  4. Have you read through the Essential 100?
Karl House