Bible Talk: The Testimony of Scripture

Posted: July 13, 2017 in Bible Talks

biblestarsOpening Ice Breaker: Share your name out loud with the group and have the first person who shares whisper something into the next persons ear. Every person that shares has to whisper what was said. Have the last person who says their name say outloud what was whispered (Telephone game).

Q: How come with so few people, it is still challenging to find out what was originally whispered? (perception, not understanding language, etc.)

Q: What could have helped us make sure what was whispered was not changed as it traveled from one person to another? (write it down and pass a paper around)

Q: What are some common myths you have heard about the Bible?

Today we are going to look at Peter’s understanding of scripture. Peter was one of the closest apostles to Jesus Christ. He writes 2 Peter some 37 years after he had walked with Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:16-18

Q: How is Peter defending the faith in this verse? (claims he was there, heard the voice of God)

Q: Is eyewitness testimony reliable? Why or why not?

Q: In what ways does our society value eyewitness testimony? (justice system)

Q: Is there a double standard when it comes to the Bible? Why would this be if so?

Q: What does it take to make up a cleverly devised story?

Q: Could the apostles and early followers of Jesus done this? Why or why not? (1 Cor. 15- over 500 witness to the resurrection, most the apostles died a martyres death- do you die for a lie?,historical evidence of Jesus, etc.)

Q: Peter claims they heard the voice of God on the Mountain of Transfiguration, how many of you would love to hear the audible voice of God? What would be your “ideal” way for God to prove himself to you?

This is still all just eyewitness testimony and telephone in a sense, but at least it is written down. Let’s see if there is something more reliable for us.

2 Peter 2:19-21

Q: What did Peter see as compeltely reliable (some translations made more certain)? (Peter saw the scripture as more reliable than the voice of God from heaven!)

Q: How would the Bible be more reliable than a voice from heaven?

Q: Peter says, “Above all”- what does he above all, want us to understand? (That scripture was authored by God using men as vessels.)

Q: Is there such thing as interpretation according to the Bible? (not private interpretation)

Q: How do we get rid of interpretation? Don’t we all interpret? (It isn’t about getting rid of interpretation, but learning to interpret the right way. God had a specific message and it isn’t going to mean something different today than it meant to the original hearers).

FACTS:

  • Bible is 66 books
  • Written by 40 different authors (some kings, tax collectors, poor people, etc.)
  • Written on 3 different continents
  • Written in 3 different languages (Hebrew, Greek, some Aramaic)
  • All in 1500-2000 years

This is amazing as there are no contradictions and the Bible tells one story about one God. It would be like if we all witnessd a crime, chances are when we write the police report there may be descrepancies and yet in the Bible with many authors who weren’t contemparies we don’t find those descrepancies!

2 Peter 2:1-2

Q: Why do false teachers introduce destructive heresies?

Q: What is the consequence of following false teaching?

2 Peter 3:14-18

Q: What is Peter most concerned about in some of his last words before he would be beheaded by Nero? (make sure to not fall into error or false teaching!)

Q: Can the Bible be hard to understand? (yes, even in this time people were distorting Paul’s letters to say what they wanted it to say- this leads to their destruction spiritually)

Q: What would it look like to make every effort to be found at peace with God (v14)?

It has been an amazing Bible discussion today. Consider, do you know the scriptures?

Challenge: Study the Bible with the person who brought you to make sure you understand God’s will for your life.

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