Friday, March 4, 2011

Who Really Wrote the Bible? (2 Peter 1)

Talk about a time when you have been an eye-witness to an amazing or unforgettable event. How did this experience change you? Are you still impacted by it today? How?

Read 2 Peter 1:16-18. Do you know what event Peter is talking about in these verses?

Read Matthew 17:1-8 (this story is also repeated in Mark 9:2-8 and Luke 9:28-36). What is most amazing about this story? How do you think it changed Peter, John, and James?

Read 2 Peter 1:19. How did this amazing experience give Peter confidence?

What do you think it means to "pay attention" to the writings of the prophets? How well do you pay attention to the writing of the Bible right now? What keeps you from paying closer attention?

Read 2 Peter 1:20-21. According to Peter, how was the Bible written? Compare these verses to 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Why does it make a difference whether the words in the Bible come from God or from man?

According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, for what is God's Word useful? How can you let the Bible do these things in your life?

What do you need to do in the coming weeks to improve your relationship with the Bible? What are you going to do in order to pay better attention to God's Word?

How can this group help you?

Extra resources for learning about the Bible: About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions (Exploring Christian Faith)What the Bible is All About: Bible Handbook: NIV EditionRick Warren's Bible Study Methods: Twelve Ways You Can Unlock God's Word

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