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SS lesson June 7

The Sunday school lessons begin a new unit entitled: Why we need the Bible. The first lesson is The authority of scripture. I will write some quotes directly from the lesson if you would like a Sunday School book we have some available.

(1) As we begin to explore the importance of scripture, our first lesson starts the conversation with a fundamental principle: the authority of the word. The word authority has come under scrutiny in our day and age. Many are suspicious of authority- and such suspicion can seem warranted in some areas of life. But this is not so with scriptures.

(2) key verse: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

(3) We must always think of the Bible within the context of its supernatural origin. The phrase

“ God breathed” in 2 Timothy 3:16 means that God moves upon the Bible writers through the Holy Spirit. So that while the distinctive style of each writer was present, the spirit superintended them. He inspired their thoughts as well as the words in which those thoughts were clothed.

(4) There Paul warned Timothy of false teachers. They would try to lead others astray.

In response, Paul did more than just issue a warning. The apostle urged Timothy to focus on the word of God. Scripture is the only source of spiritual truth for the Christian.

(5) Timothy had been taught Gods word. Part of his instruction had come from Paul, but he had also learned the scriptures by being raised in a godly family. As a child, he had learned the scriptures, and he could now rest assured that what he had learned was true.

(6) The Greek word for “inspired” can be translated as “God breathed”. No man or woman authored the Bible. God is the author, through human writers. This is not to say, however, that the Bible writers received dictation. Rather, they were carried along by the Holy Spirit to convey truth through their own styles and vocabularies.

(7) It emphasizes the central role Scriptures ought to fill throughout the seasons of life. As we walk each day, we should look to the word to light our way. When we suffer, even amid injustice, we are to rely upon the lord. ( rather than seek our own retribution). In times of danger and struggle, we can find joy when we maintain our fidelity to the Word.

(8) Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Gods word is a wonderful source of light for Gods people as they walk through life.

(9) And so, Gods word forms an important role in the believers life, from the moment he or she begins a walk with Christ all the way to the end.

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