Treasuring God’s Word

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  • What makes the Bible unique?
  • Can I be confident the Bible is the Word of God?
  • What’s the big story of the Bible?
  • How do I understand narratives, poetry, prophecy, and letters?

Every study in the So What? series focuses on the importance of reading and applying God’s Word. So what makes this study different? In 13 sessions, your students will look at the Bible itself—learning about its history and structure, and growing in confidence of its reliability and accuracy, with the goal of maturing in their walk with Christ. How will we do this? By breaking it into four units. Each unit of study is contained in an Examine Bible study booklet (four in all). Each student will use the booklet during the group discussion as well as at home for Journal devotional readings that go with each session’s Bible study. Download a free lesson!

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Sessions in this Study

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UNIT 1: What’s so special about the Bible? (3 weeks)

Session 1

Q. What makes the Bible unique?
A. God is the author of the Bible. It was written down by men led by the Holy Spirit. In it, God gives us all we need for faith and obedience.

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:14–17; Deuteronomy 13:1–5; 18:15–22; Jeremiah 1:4–10; Ezekiel 3:4–11; Hebrews 1:1–2; 2 Peter 1:16–21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13–16

Session 2

Q. Can I be sure the Bible is the Word of God?
A. Yes, because God has preserved and protected his Word through the ages.

Scripture: 2 Kings 22:1–23:30; 2 Chronicles 34–35

Session 3

Q. Can I really understand the Bible?
A. Yes, anyone can read and understand God’s plan of salvation because God has clearly communicated it in the Bible. The Holy Spirit enlightens our understanding to respond in saving faith.

Scripture: Luke 24:13–49; John 5:31–48; 2 Peter 3:15–18

 

UNIT 2: What’s the big story of the Bible? (3 weeks)

Session 4

Q. What’s the big story of the Bible? (Part 1)
A. God created all things and established a covenant people for himself.

Scripture: Selected passages from Genesis to Joshua

Session 5

Q. What’s the big story of the Bible? (Part 2)
A. God repeatedly disciplined his people, called them to repentance, and delivered them.

Scripture: Selected passages from Judges to Malachi

Session 6

Q. What’s the big story of the Bible? (Part 3)
A. God redeemed his people through the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, who is the focal point of all Scripture.

Scripture: Matthew 3:1–6; Luke 17:20–21; John 2:18–22; Ephesians 2:11–22; Matthew 24:29–31

 

UNIT 3: How do we interpret the Bible? (4 weeks)

Session 7

Q. Does the story of David and Goliath simply teach me to be brave?
A. No, it demonstrates who God is and his power to deliver his people from their enemies.

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17

Session 8

Q. Why is there poetry in the Bible?
A. Biblical poetry helps us worship God, confess our sin, and express honestly all our emotions to God.

Scripture: Psalm 95; Exodus 17:1–8; Hebrews 3:7–19

Session 9

Q. What’s the point of prophecy in the Bible?
A. God used his prophets to warn, instruct, and encourage his people regarding the past, present, and future.

Scripture: Haggai 1:1–2:9

Session 10

Q. Why did the apostles write letters?
A. The apostles wrote letters to instruct, encourage, and warn believers so they learn to live as Christ’s followers.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:1–13; Acts 18:1–11

 

UNIT 4: How do we use the Bible? (3 weeks)

Session 11

Q. How can I benefit from studying the Bible?
A. When I study the Bible, I draw closer to God because he reveals himself to me through his Word.

Scripture: Genesis 39; Psalm 1; Jeremiah 17:5–10; 1 Peter 1:1–12

Session 12

Q. How can I share the good news of Christ with others?
A. One way is to explain the big story of the Bible.

Scripture: Selected passages from Genesis 1–3; Acts 3:11–4:4

Session 13

Q. Is it enough to know what the Bible says?
A. No, we must believe God’s Word and act on it.

Scripture: James 1:19–25; other selected verses

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3 Responses to Treasuring God’s Word
  1. So What? Studies
    February 18, 2014 | 10:31 am

    We wanted to share this story from Rev. Isaac Curtis Johnson, pastor of student ministries at First Evangelical Free Church in McKeesport, PA.

    “Our teens just returned from our winter retreat, where we went through the first unit of Treasuring God’s Word. We had a wonderful time going through the sessions, and being challenged with the internal and external evidence concerning God’s Word. … Going through this study helped lay the foundation for the source of our answers—God’s Word.”

    Here’s a video of their teens doing the skit from Session 2, the story of King Josiah finding the missing scrolls and calling the people back to God’s Law. We love it! You can share your story and videos with us too!

  2. Melissa Thayer
    November 9, 2013 | 1:31 pm

    I wanted to share this poem one of my junior high students (I have a combined jr/sr high class) wrote during Lesson 5 which includes the sin cycle. I was so blessed that she applied what she learned in this manner!

    Circle of Sin

    We sin,
    God disciplines.
    We repent,
    Then get bent.
    Then it starts all over again.

    • So What? Studies
      November 11, 2013 | 10:18 am

      How wonderful to see how God is using the creative talents of your student to communicate his truth! Thank you for sharing and for your work of ministry in these teens’ lives.

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