Session 2

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  • Study

    Begin this session by reading Scripture and answering questions to reflect on the selected Bible verses.

    What kinds of people are there according to Psalms 1?

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    What does it mean to describe someone as a tree planted next to water? What does it mean to describe someone as chaff (the outer covering of grain that is useless and thrown away)?

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    What behaviors and consequences distinguish those who embrace God’s Word from those who reject God’s Word?

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    Where does Paul say that Scripture ultimately comes from?

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    What does it mean to say Scripture is “God-breathed?”

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    Without using the words of Paul, describe the value of Scripture in your life and in the lives of others.

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    Who does Paul say Scripture is ultimately from? What role did people play in the process of creating Scripture?

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  • Learn

    The Value of Scripture: Psalm 1

    There are two different people that Scripture speaks to: those who value Scripture and study it and those who don’t.

    How Do We Approach Scripture?

    If we approach it and value it as God’s Word, then we are like a life-giving tree. If we fail to recognize the value of Scripture, we suffer for it because we become like chaff, of little value to the Kingdom of God and carried away by the wind.

    What Scripture Says About Itself: 2 Timothy 3:16 and 1 Thessalonians 2:13

    • All Scripture is God-breathed, or “inspired,” meaning the Bible comes from God.
    • God used man in the process of creating Scripture, but the ultimate author was God.

    How We Received the Bible

    • The Bible is a collection of messages that followers of God received over thousands of years.
    • The Bible is made up of two parts, which together make up 66 books.
    • The Old Testament is made up of 39 books, which Judaism had preserved for over 1,000 years.
    • The New Testament is made up of 27 books that were written by an apostle or a close associate of an apostle. 
    • When determining which books to include in the New Testament, the Christian Church focused on two factors: authorship and value.
  • Grow

    Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13. How does this verse impact your view of Scripture’s significance? How would you feel about the Bible if, instead, it was created by man?

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    In our study, we read about the tree and the chaff as illustrations for those who value and don’t value the Bible. How does this change your perspective on how you value the study of God’s Word?

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