Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible study at the Women’s Bible Café. This week we will be looking at how the Bible fits together. How do we know that the Bible is the inspired Word of God if it was written so many centuries ago? How can we be sure that translators accurately translated the message of God into modern day language? These are some of the questions we will discover answers to in our study this week.
Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “all Scripture is God-breathed” which means that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. God gave us His Word to teach us, to correct us, and to train us how to live righteously so that we are equipped to do what He calls us to do.
God reveals Himself to us in His Word, and He tells us “what was,” “what is” and “what is yet to come.” Therefore, in order to understand the future, we need to understand the past. And how do we do that? By studying God’s Word for ourselves through Inductive Bible Study.
Kay Arthur writes:
“The Bible was written to others and about others, but God tells us that what He wrote to others and about others is also for us and about us. The Bible is a timeless book–it’s for all people for all time. And that means you, my friend. But to understand this timeless book, you must understand how it was written.”
Our daily reading lessons this week includes:
- Chapter 11: God’s Revelation of Himself
- Chapter 12: Getting the Point Across
- Psalm 51 (A Psalm of David)
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Begin your Bible study by praying and asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and to open your mind and heart for understanding His Holy Word.
- Read Chapters 11 and 12 in How to Study Your Bible.
- Read and observe Psalm 51 in your Bible (any version you have is okay). Mark God, sin, transgressions, iniquity, and joy. In your notebook or journal, list what you learn from marking these key words.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):
- What is the tone or general sentiment of Psalm 51?
- What inspired David to write Psalm 51? (Read 2 Samuel 11-12 if you’re not familiar with the story of David and Bathsheba).
- Considering the context of the Psalm, what characteristics of God does David rely upon?
- Incorporating David’s own words, what contrasts do you see between God and David? (See page 116)
- What cry of David do you identify with?
- How is your relationship with the Holy Spirit different from Old Testament people’s relationship with the Holy Spirit?