Bible Study Basics

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Age Group

Youth

Brief Description

Intersection includes complete resources for teaching both younger and older youth, including learner’s materials, teaching guides, and handouts. The teaching guide is options-based, so teachers can customize sessions to match their favorite approach.

“Bible Study Basics”

This unit introduces young people to basic concepts that can help them have a better understanding of the Bible and its message. A consistent best-seller, the Bible is affirmed by most, if not all, Christians as inspired by God and an authoritative guide for life. Christians also view the Bible as different from religious books such as the Koran (Qu’ran) of Islam or the Bagavadgita of Hinduism. For Christians, the Bible rises above these works and stands as a written revelation of God that points us to Jesus, the Word made flesh who, unlike other leaders of major world religions, is proclaimed as the risen and living Lord.
Session One deals with questions your youth may have about how we got our Bible. The development of Christian Scripture into what we now know as the Bible was a long and complex process. Although some questions remain unanswered, modern biblical scholars, men and women who have dedicated their lives to the study of the written Word of God, have produced many sound, insightful resources. Use Jeremiah 36 to help your teenagers see the fingerprints of God upon Christian Scripture.

Session Two focuses on the process by which the works of the Bible came together. Not every written religious work was considered authoritative, inspired Scripture. The same can be said of writings composed during the same times that portions of the Old and New Testaments were being written. A study of texts from Isaiah and 1 Peter reveals that the written Word of God is enduring and authoritative.

A Session Three study of Acts 17:16-34 offers youth an opportunity to use various Bible study resources to help them understand Paul’s experience in Athens and his speech to the Athenians. Bible scholars rely on tools of the trade to assist them in research and learning, and our young people can benefit from using some of the same resources. In this session, teens gain a broader understanding of an important Bible story, discover the availability of practical Bible study resources, and put those tools to use.

A Session Four review of Acts 18:1-11 offers a “testing ground” to help teens learn how to interpret Scripture well. It is essential for teens to see that the Bible can and does speak to their personal life situations. Each young person, reading Scripture through the lens of their own personal experience, hears the words of the Bible differently from another person. Offering suggestions on ways to utilize the knowledge and resources from three previous sessions, this study helps teens consider what is involved in interpreting Scripture well.

by Tom Allen

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