Lesson 1 - How to Understand the Bible

Let’s suppose that you are driving to a very important appointment. It’s urgent!

The president of one of America’s leading corporations has offered you a valuable position. The appointment is a thousand miles from your home in an unfamiliar city. Your appointment is at 2:00 p.m. at a new business address.

Sixty miles from your destination you doubt you will make it on time. You are not even sure whether you are going in the right direction, so you stop to ask for help. Each of the people you ask gives different directions. Totally confused, you become hopelessly lost, and you are now certain that you will miss this crucial appointment.

In your desperate search to find the address, you ask a gas station attendant. Fortunately, he not only knows the way but gives you a map with explicit directions. With new confidence you set out assured of your destination. You make the appointment precisely on time.

God has given us directions for the twenty-first century. The most important directions in life involve getting from earth to heaven. The most important appointment in life is to be ready to meet Christ when He returns. There is no second chance on eternity. To miss an eternity with Christ is to miss life’s most important appointment. Yet multitudes have taken wrong “religious directions.” They are helplessly lost on the road of life. With no “religious” map to guide them, they are confused. They have searched for truth on their own but have come up empty. They have listened to misguided voices, and their desperate search has led nowhere. They are on the wrong road, and they know it.

Where can we find a reliable map? Are there directions to guide us confidently through the twenty-first century? There are. The Bible provides clear information. It presents understandable answers to the deepest questions of the human heart.

Questions such as:

  • How can I be certain of eternal life?
  • If God is so good, why is the world such a mess?
  • How can I have peace of mind?
  • How can I become the person I really want to be?
  • What happens five minutes after death?
  • What is the ultimate solution to stress?
  • Are we living at the end of human history?
  • How will the world end?

These lessons are especially designed to answer your questions directly from the Bible. You can place your confidence in God’s Word.

If you have never studied the Bible before, you are in for a rich reward. God’s Word will give you encouragement and hope as you search for life’s deepest meaning. If you are an experienced Bible student, these lessons will lead you deeper into the truths of God’s Word.

The first lesson, titled “How to Understand the Bible,” unlocks the hidden secrets of understanding the Bible for yourself. The Bible was written over a 1,500-year period. It contains 66 books, written by about 40 different authors. The Bible’s authors deal with the most difficult and controversial topics imaginable, yet they agree. They do not contradict one another. These writings give evidence of divine inspiration.

There is one central message throughout the Bible, Christ—the Savior of humankind. The Bible story begins in Eden, God’s perfect world, and ends in Eden, God’s perfect world restored.

Before sin entered the world, God communicated directly with Adam and Eve. Sin separated our first parents from God. Today face-to-face fellowship with God is no longer possible. Still the heart of a loving God longs to communicate with a planet in rebellion.

Let’s discuss how.

  1. How does God communicate with a fallen race? (2 Peter 1:21)
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  2. Since the Bible was written by human beings, how much of it is actually inspired by God? (2 Timothy 3:16)
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  3. Since scribes copied the Bible repeatedly throughout the centuries, is it still reliable today? Can we really trust the Bible? (Psalm 12:6, 7)
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  4. What was God’s purpose in giving us the Bible? (Psalm 119:105)
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  5. What is the first principle of understanding the Bible correctly? (2 Peter 1:20)
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  6. What is the source of God’s truth? (John 17:17)
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  7. With so many people interpreting the Bible differently, is it possible to know truth? (John 8:32)
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  8. What attitude is essential in understanding Bible truth? (John 7:17)
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  9. Why do some people have difficulty understanding Bible truth? (Isaiah 53:6; Proverbs 16:25)
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  10. What does the Bible tell us we should do to understand truth? (2 Timothy 2:15)
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  11. If God is guiding us into truth when we study the Scriptures, what method of Bible study will be especially helpful in discovering God’s truth? (Isaiah 28:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 2:13)
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  12. What guarantee has Jesus given to ensure that as we study the Bible with a sincere heart we will be led into His truth? (John 16:13)
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  13. Who is the central theme of the Bible? (John 5:39)
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  14. What will happen in our lives as we study the precious promises of God’s Word? (2 Peter 1:3, 4)
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