Why should you read the bible?
New Year, New Testament | Sunday, January 10
Start with an icebreaker or game (examples provided to small group leaders).
Record any prayer requests or praises and spend some time praying for one another.
As we begin an 8-week journey through the New Testament together, what are you hoping to get out of your time in the Scriptures?
Have someone read Luke 1:1-4.
- Luke insists that his account is based on actual interviews and careful investigation. Have you always believed that the Bible is true and authoritative? If not, what led to you changing your mind? If you’re still not sure you believe the Bible to be authoritative, what are some of the reservations you have?
- Many people today struggle with the possibility of any book or religious writing representing “truth” or “ultimate reality.” Why do you think that is?
- Why do you think it was so important for Luke to identify his methodology at the beginning of his account?
- As we wrestled with the scriptures this week, two historical realities were brought up: 1) Christianity was thriving before the New Testament existed, and therefore Christianity was not based on a book, but on an event (the resurrection of Jesus). 2) The Bible, for as long as it has existed, has always been central to the life of the Christian church. Is there any tension in those two realities for you?
Have someone read Luke 24:13-27.
- What do you think Luke means when he writes “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself”?
- How does a closer relationship with Jesus help us better understand the Bible? How does a greater familiarity with the Bible help us better understand the will and work of Jesus?
Make a Change
Many of us have endeavored to read the Bible through in a year, or the New Testament over the course of a few months, and we ended up not seeing it through. Challenge yourself to stay the course over these next 8 weeks (it’s just 8 weeks!) and to encourage each other as a group as you walk through the New Testament together. Pray that God would help each of you to commit to his Word and to be renewed and refreshed by his self-revelation.
Until Next Time
Close in prayer.