KNOWING THE BIBLE by CBH Ministries

GROW, GROW, GROW COURSE
Lesson 4: The Bible
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Introduction


Do you remember this song? "The B-I-B-L-E. Yes, that’s the book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God. The B-I-B-L-E."

You've probably sung it ever since you were just a little kid. But have you thought about the words you were singing? Is the Bible really the "book for you"? Do you "stand" on it? In other words, do you do the things it teaches? Do you find comfort and help through reading the Bible? Have you gotten to know God better through its pages?

For a Christian, the answer to all those questions should be "yes." That means you should read your Bible regularly—study it—memorize it—make it a part of your life.

God says the Bible is important:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Psalm 33:4 "For the Word of the Lord is right and true."

Proverbs 30:5 "Every word of God is flawless."

Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withers and the flowers fades, but the word of our God stands forever."

The Bible: it is given by God; it is always right; it will last forever. The Bible is needed for growth, comfort, hope, instruction, cleansing, and to keep you from sin. It's a wonderful book!

But do you find the Bible hard to read? Does it often use big words that are hard for you to understand? Do you sometimes feel like you're really too young to read it for yourself?

To learn more about the Bible and how to undertand it, read It Takes Practice in the story corner. After reading the story, do the homework assignment, learn the verse in the memory corner, and have fun with the puzzle corner. Last, take the quiz to finnish Lesson Four.


Story Corner


This story will help you to understand the theme of Lesson Four. You may print the story to keep or share with others.

It Takes Practice

Scott groaned as he picked himself up from the snow. His feet were in great big boots, and the boots were locked onto two long sticks of wood that wouldn't move properly. You guessed it–Scott was learning to ski. He had saved his money and begged to go along skiing with his big brother, Mike. "Sure, you can come, but I'm warning you–it isn't as easy as it looks," his brother had told him with a smile. Scott found that out in a hurry.

"I'm gonna quit. I'll never learn how to ski," Scott said with a frown after falling for the umpteenth time.

Mike grinned. "Tell you what–your lift ticket includes some lessons for beginners," he said. "I think they're about ready to start the class. Go join them and get some pointers. It will make it much easier."

The ski instructor gathered the beginning skiers around him and began to teach them some of the basic moves. Then came the first few trips down the "bunny hill," as the easy hill was called. The instructor used a long pole which he held in front of the students, so Scott could hold on until he felt a bit steadier.

"Hey, this is fun," Scott yelled as Mike watched from the sidelines. "I think I'm ready for the big hill." Just then he lost his balance and fell sideways into the snow. "Oh, well," Scott sighed. "Guess I'd better have a few more lessons before I try any bigger hills," he said with a grimace.

As they were heading home at the end of the fun-filled day, Mike said, "You know, Scott, I was just thinking–learning to ski well is a little like learning how to understand the Bible better. You told me the other day that you weren't getting much out or your Bible reading. Well, practice helps. The more you ski, the better you'll be. And the more you read your Bible, the more you'll understand it. But don't expect miracles right away. Anything worthwhile takes time–and effort."

by "Uncle Charlie" VanderMeer


Homework


Please print this page and follow the instructions. Doing this assignment will help you remember the theme of Lesson Four.

Here are some verses that show what God says about the Bible.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Psalm 33:4 "For the Word of the Lord is right and true."

Proverbs 30:5 "Every word of God is flawless."

Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withers and the flowers fades, but the word of our God stands forever."

Luke 16:17 "It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law."

Colossians 3:16 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly."

1 Peter 2:2 "Like newborn babies, crave the pure spiritual milk (God’s Word) so that by it you may grow up in your salvation."

Psalm 119:9,11 "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you."

Romans 15:4 "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope."

Use the verses above to answer to the the following questions.

1    
Who gave us the Scriptures (Bible)?

2     How much of the Bible is flawless?

3     How long will God's Word last?

4     What do babies need to help them grow?

5     What do Christians need to help them grow?

6     What should dwell in you richly?

7     Knowing God's Word (hiding it in our hearts) keeps us from what?

8     Name three things we receive from God's Word?


Start reading the Bible for yourself right now! Take your Bible and turn to 2 Timothy. This book was written by the Apostle Paul to Timothy, who was still a young man. Read chapter 3, verse 15. How long had Timothy known the Holy Scriptures? From "infancy," that is, from the time he was a baby.

Now turn to 1 Timothy 4. Read what Paul wrote to Timothy in verses 11-16. Remember that it is really God who is giving this advice. Apply it to your own life, too.

Remember, you don't have to start reading the books that are hardest to understand. Read the Gospels and the epistles before you tackle the books of prophecy. The number of verses you read isn't as important as thinking about what you read—and understanding it. As you read regularly, you'll find that you understand more and more.


Caring and Sharing

It's very important to get to know God better, to enjoy fellowship with Him, and to know how He wants you to live. The best way to do that is to "get into" His Word every day by reading it, thinking about it, talking about it, and obeying it. Here are some suggestions to help you get started. Choose one or more of them to do this week.

  •  If you don't already have the current issue of our daily devotion booklet, Keys for Kids, write and ask for it today. Send your request to C.B.H. Ministries, Box 1, Grand Rapids, MI 49501, and be sure to read the Scripture assignment even when you don't have time to read the story.

  •  Use a calendar as a "Bible-Reading Chart." Put a check mark on each date that you read your Bible.

  •  For at least a week, keep a record of the Scripture verses you read. Write down one lesson you learn each day.


If you read the Sciptures carefully, you should have filled in the assignment above like this:
1. God
2. every word
3. forever
4. milk
5. God's Word
6. the Word
7. sin
8. endurance, encouragement, hope


Memory Corner


Learning this verse will help you remember the theme of Lesson Four.

To Learn: Psalm 119:130 "The unfolding of your (God’s) word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple."

  •   What gives light? "The_______________of _______ ________." Learn that part of the verse first. Say the phrase "The unfolding of your word" aloud several times, along with the reference.

  •   Add the two things that the unfolding of God's word gives. "The unfolding of your word gives ____________ ;it gives _______________________ _____ _______ _______________."

  •   Get a piece of paper and write out the whole verse five times. Then repeat the whole verse over and over until you can say it perfectly without peeking.
 
 
 

Quiz

Choose the correct answer for each of the following questions:

Use These Bible Verses To Help Answer The Questions:
II Timothy 3:16-17 | Psalm 33:4 | Proverbs 30:5 | Isaiah 40:8 | Luke 16:17 | Isaiah 34:16 | Colossians 3:16 | II Peter 2:2 | Psalm 119:9 | Romans 15:4 |

 
1. The Scriptures (Bible) are
 ____    Man’s idea about God
 ____    Inspired (given) by God
 ____    Given to us by angels
 
2. The Word of the Lord is
 ____    Sometimes right
 ____    Usually right
 ____    Always right
 
3. God's Word will last
 ____    Until we die
 ____    Until heaven and earth pass away
 ____    Forever
 
4. The Bible is written so we can
 ____    Learn from it
 ____    Carry it to church
 ____    See what’s wrong with others
 
5. Knowing God's Word helps to keep us .
 ____    From sinning
 ____    From playing
 ____    From reading
 
6. The "entrance" of God's Word gives .
 ____    Riches
 ____    Understanding
 ____    Power
 
7. The more we read the Bible, .
 ____    the better we understand it
 ____    the harder it is to understand
 ____    the longer it takes
 
8. It's best to start reading the Bible .
 ____    when you’re a teenager
 ____    when you grow up
 ____    while you’re a child
 
9. A good place to start reading is .
 ____    in the Old Testament prophets
 ____    in Revelation
 ____    in the Gospels
 
10. The two main divisions of the Bible are .
 ____    The Old and New Testaments
 ____    The New Testament and Proverbs
 ____    The Psalms and Genesis
 

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