British-Israel's Bible Study Course

Lesson One

* Print out each lesson to complete the form. The purpose for the course is to to understand a basic knowledge of the message of the Bible.

What the Scriptures are

1. What three basic divisions comprise the scriptures in Christ's Day? Luke 24:44, 45

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The 39 books of the Old Testament were  written before the birth of Christ, and the 27 books of the New Testament after his birth. These two Testaments make up our Bible, and although written over a 1600 year period by a variety of writers, it shows unusual unity and harmony. The Old Testament predicts many things which we can understand fully only by studying the New Testament. And the New Testament constantly quotes from and refers to the Old Testament. Some has said:

The Old Testament is the New Testament Concealed;

the New Testament is the Old Testament Revealed."

2. What part of the New Testament was already recognized as scripture in Peter's Day? 2 Peter 3:15, 16

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How The Scriptures were Given

  1. Although men did the writing, who was responsible for the inspiration and content of the scriptures? 2 Timothy 3:16

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2. How much of the Bible is inspired? 2 Timothy 3:16 _________________________________________________

3. Through whom did God convey his messages to chosen men of God? 2 Peter 1:21________________________________

The Bible authors wrote that which the Holy Spirit impressed on their minds. We might say that it was God's thought passed along to us through Human agents. David put it this way: "The Spirit of YHWH spoke by me, and his word was in my tongue" (2 Samuel 23:2).

Why Scriptures were Given

1.What four reasons does Paul give for the studying of the Bible? 2 Timothy 3:16

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Doctrine- "Doctrine" means "Teaching," "guide," "rule."

Reproof- The scriptures would often tell us, "Thou art the man" (2 Samuel 12:7).

Correction-Thank God, the scriptures not only reprove, but tell us the correct way and lead us to the power that is able to keep us from sinning. "The word of God is quick, and powerful" (Hebrews 4:12). "Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11).

Instruction and Learning-One verse of scripture is worth a whole book of man's words. "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" (Psalm 119:30). "What is the chaff to the wheat? saith YHWH (Jeremiah 23:28). Why take less when we can choose the wheat?

2. When Paul was writing to the Roman believers, what other benefits did he mention that one receives from the study of the Bible? Romans 15:4 ____________________________________________________

3. What is the real goal of all Bible study?

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_____________  that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the_______________ star arise in your hearts:"

The day star which Peter mentioned (2 Peter 1:19) is one of the names of Jesus. Through the scriptures we get to know Jesus the most important person in all of the world to know, for he is the source of eternal life. To become better acquainted with him, to develop a meaningful relationship with him, is the supreme goal of all Bible study.

4. Where is the Source of Truth? John 17:17 ______________________________________________
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Jesus is the truth, and his word is truth. There is no contradiction between them. We can't separate Jesus from his word, the Bible, and we can't separate the written word from the Living word Jesus. We find saving truth about Jesus in the scriptures. In fact, the apostle John emphasizes this, in the very first chapter of his Gospel: "The Word Was made flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). So if we want to know what God is like, and his government, how its like, we can look at Jesus. And we find the life of Jesus revealed in the Word of God. No wonder John called Jesus the Word.

5. By what name did John call Christ when he was describing the second coming? Revelation 19:13 ___________________

 

How Can We Sift Truth From Error

1. What did the Bareans do to check whether Paul was teaching the truth? Acts 17:11___________________________

This is a good example for us to follow. When Paul preached to them, these people brought his teaching to the test of the scriptures. They checked everything he told them by the word of God. The Gospel commission involves the teaching of God's truth by every believer (Romans 10:14), but we are warned against false teachers and given a standard by which we may judge the teaching of every man.

2. If we would be sure of being able to distinguish truth from error, what attitude did Jesus tell us to have when we study the scriptures? John 7:17 _____________________________________________

What assurance! If we are willing to obey, Jesus promises that we will recognize truth. We may not know all of his will right now. We may not even understand today what our Lord may ask of us tomorrow, but whatever it may be, we are to be willing to accept and obey it. If that is our attitude, Jesus assures us that He will direct us into all truth as we compare scripture with scripture.

3. What is promised to those who follow what they learned as they study God's word? Luke 11:28

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To help us sort out truth from error, to help us discover the matchless charms of Jesus, the Son of God, who left all heaven to come down and to reveal God's love for us, to help us apply the scriptures to our own lives, Jesus has not only pronounced a special blessing, but has also promised us special help of his Holy Spirit.

4. How will the Holy Spirit help us as we study God's word? John 14:26________________________________________

5. How may we receive help of the the Holy Spirit as we study the Bible? Luke 11:13_______________________________

Here is the secret! Open your heart to God in prayer before studying the word of God, and it will aid you in correct understanding and assure you of God's presence by his Spirit. Old gems of truth will shine with a new luster and the discovery of new truth will strengthen your faith and enlarge your understanding of God. Best of all, Jesus will become a living presence in your life.

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