April 28th + May 5th
It took thousands of years, several different languages, and an untold number of authors to write the books and letters that would become the Bible. So, with all these people composing the collection of books, how could it possibly be cohesive? How could it actually tell one story? The only answer is that the authors were not working alone, but God himself guided their hands as these passages and stories were compiled. So, for the next few weeks, we are going to look at the Bible—not as a dusty collection of books, but as God’s message to humanity—in a series called Message Received.
Week 1 Bottom Line: Jesus was a real person.
Week 1 Scripture: Acts 5:27-32,40
Week 1 Discussion Questions:
- Do you think most middle schoolers think Jesus was a real person? Why not?
- What part of Jesus’ life do you find hardest to believe?
- While you probably won’t be killed or beaten for your beliefs, do you ever feel funny telling someone you’re a Christian? Why do you think that is?
Week 2 Bottom Line: I can trust the Bible as God’s word.
Week 2 Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (MSG)
Week 2 Discussion Questions:
- What stories in the Bible do you find the hardest to believe?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:16–17 (MSG) then answer these questions:
- So, is the Bible to be used to prove scientific theories? (No)
- How should we use these stories? (To build up our faith)
- What line of reasoning might be included in the idea that “God breathed” all Scripture? (Did he inspire the writers? Did he help them pick specific words? Did he protect the Scriptures over the years? Did he guide the translators? Did he help the church leaders choose these books to be included in the Bible?)