Bible Study Plans: Is the Bible True?

“Is the Bible true?”

I think most of us have heard this question at some point in our lives. Many say the Bible is just a collection of stories, myths even, about people who may or may not have lived long ago. How do we know it’s true? In this blog post by AtoZMomm, we’ll explore that question. Contact me today with any other questions you may have!

What is the Bible?

The Bible is the holy book for Christians. In it is recorded God and His son, Jesus’s, teachings to the world, as written down by chosen people of God. It is a collection of books written over a period of 1500 years. The Old Testament tells of the beginning of time and God’s choosing of His people, the Jews, and the Jews’ history. The New Testament is the story of God’s son, Jesus, and the spread of the new religion, Christianity, that Jesus ushered in when he died for our sins.

IS THE BIBLE TRUE?

What is truth? You have to answer that question before you can answer if the Bible is true or not. Truth is what has happened in reality, or something accepted as true. The Bible states many truths, for example, that God exists, that He created the world and everything in it, that Jesus is God’s son, and the only was to get to heaven is to have faith in Jesus as God’s son and that his death cleansed us all to make us holy enough to be with God.

Evidence for the Bible

  • There are many existing early manuscripts of the Bible, all supporting one another. There are outside writings as well, from the Greeks and the Romans, all verifying the existence of Jesus. Moreover, the Bible is a cohesive whole, all uniting in one message and never contradicts itself. This would not be possible with so many human writers over such a long time frame without a deity’s guidance.
  • The Bible lines up with history.
  • There are eyewitness accounts.
  • The Bible cared about women when no one else did.
  • The Bible prophecies much and many of these prophecies have come true.
  • The Bible is without error.
  • The Bible has a clear message.
  • The Bible is sufficient.

DO YOU HAVE FAITH THE BIBLE IS TRUE?

In the end, the answer to this question is faith, which is what determines your entrance to heaven or not as well. Do you have faith that what the Bible says is true, based off all the existing evidence? Has God spoken to you personally? Do you have a personal relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ? What does your heart tell you?

Your soul and your heart hold the answer. Search it, and find it today. Contact me with questions!

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Bible Study Plans: Who is Jesus?

WHO IS JESUS?

Another loaded question that when asked (even believers), sometimes we stumble. Below are some simple ways to describe Jesus the next time you are asked. Contact me today!

TOP 10 SAYS TO DESCRIBE JESUS

  1. Jesus is God’s Son.
  2. Jesus is God, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
  3. Jesus is the Savior of the world, you and me.
  4. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
  5. Jesus is the Son of David.
  6. Jesus is the king of kings.
  7. Jesus is love.
  8. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega.
  9. Jesus is the bread of life.
  10. Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

There are many ways to describe Jesus. In the end, all that matters is who is Jesus to you? Leave a comment below, share this post with friends and family on social media, and contact me today with questions!

Bible Study Plans: Who is God?

WHO IS GOD?

Such a big question that many of us (even us believers) don’t have an easy answer to.

That’s because God is everything all at the same time. He’s unfathomable, hard to describe, and oftentimes, we’re too overwhelmed by Him to begin.

But what do you say to this question when you’re asked? Here are some suggestions below, and contact me with questions.

TOP 10 WAYS TO DESCRIBE GOD

  1. He’s the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
  2. He’s the supreme being.
  3. He’s omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (always present).
  4. He is infinite.
  5. He is incomparable.
  6. He is unchanging.
  7. He is good.
  8. He is love.
  9. He is judge.
  10. He forgives.

Your turn. Who is God to you? Leave a comment, share with social media, and contact me with questions!

Bible Study Plans: How to Study the Bible in the Summer

The summer is full of fun adventures, time outdoors, and a relaxed routine. However, it is just because of this change in routine that keeping up with your Bible study can be a challenge during the summer months. After all, you’re tempted away by so many fun and varied outdoor activities. In this blog post, I’ll examine ways to stay in the Word during the summer months away from a structured Bible study. Contact me today!

HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

  • Set aside time first thing in the morning. When God is first in your life, you should put His Word first as well. In the morning, set aside time to study God’s word, and make it part of your routine. For example, wake up, make coffee, pray, and then open the Word and see what God has to say to you.
  • Don’t make Bible study in-depth. Sure, God wants us to study His Word closely so we can apply it to our life. However, that doesn’t mean we should wait until we have a three hour block free to do so because, for most of us, that will never happen. Hence, set aside just 5 or 10 minutes a day to be in the Word.
  • Make Bible study a play date. Invite your friends over and their kids and while the kids are running around with their heads cut off, you can study the bible with your friends.
  • Do a lunch Bible study at work. Gather some friends at work to eat lunch and read the Bible together or do a small group Bible study.
  • Coffee and God. Coffee shops are great places to hold summer Bible studies. You can enjoy coffee (my favorite drink) with the company of friends while you discuss God’s Word. It might not get any more perfect!
  • Picnic and God. With the call of nature beckoning, you can study God’s word either alone or with friends by having a picnic in God’s creation. There’s something about nature that connects us to our Creator. Quite possibly you’ll hear from Him like you haven’t ever before.

These are some of my favorite ways to stay in the Word during the summer. Feel free to comment below with your favorite ways to stay close to God during the summer months, or share this with your friends on social media with the share buttons below. Contact me for more information!

Bible Study Plans: How to Study the Old Testament

One big hindrance to studying the Bible is the Old Testament. And this is one big hindrance considering there are 929 chapters in the Old Testament in 39 books. Below, we’ll examine how to study the Old Testament when you begin to study the Bible. Contact AtoZMomm today to learn more!

HOW TO STUDY THE OLD TESTAMENT

As with most large tasks, breaking it down into easy-to-manage parts makes the whole process doable and not overwhelming. Unlike the New Testament where we follow Jesus’s life from beginning to end and then the life of his apostles, the Old Testament is not in chronological order. Below is my recommendation for organizing the Old Testament for study.

  • Read Genesis. This is where it all began, so you have to start there. Some of the best stories of the Bible are in Genesis, including the fall of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, and Noah. Powerful stories with equally powerful lessons to teach.
  • Exodus through Deuteronomy. These books teach the Law, otherwise known as the Old Covenant, which is how God’s people where to live their lives before Jesus’s crucifixion.
  • Joshua through Esther. These books are known as the historical books of the Old Testament. It is here that we learn how God’s people survived after they inherited the Promised Land. You’ll learn the history of the period of the judges, the history of the kings, and the prophets Ezra, Nehemiah.
  • Next, read the books of wisdom and poetry.
    • Job. Job is the epitome of faith when all is seemingly lost in life. Said to be the oldest recorded book, Job follows his story of how he was tested by God, how he endured, what he learned, and what God expects of us.
    • The Psalms are writings by the various kings of Israel (including David and Solomon). These are full of life lessons of how to live a life following God.
    • The Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs, was written by King Solomon in his youth before he fell into sin. This is one of the greatest love poems ever written.
    • Proverbs. Proverbs was written again by King Solomon, but written by him when he was on the throne of Israel. They show hard lessons of life to live by.
    • Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is the opposite of Proverbs per se. This book teaches you how not to live your life. It was written by King Solomon when he was an old man as he looked back on his sinful life
  • Next, are the five major prophets of Old Testament times:  Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, & Daniel.
  • Finish up the Old Testament with the 12 minor prophets.

Reading three chapters per day of the Old Testament will take you 10 months to finish. Remember, everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus. Yes, there are exceedingly dense sections of the Old Testament that you’re just going to have to slug through. But remember, every word in the Old Testament is not there by accident. God is speaking; you just have to listen.

If you get bored, skip that section, save for later, and find an exciting story such as Esther or Joseph. The Old Testament is just as valuable as the New Testament and has many truths to teach us. Contact me if you have questions!

Bible Study Plans: How to Study the Bible with Others

Sitting down and studying the Bible on your own can be daunting, especially if you’re a new Christian and have never done it before. In our previous posts, I discussed how to study the Bible and where to begin. In this post, I’ll discuss how to study the Bible with others. Visit AtoZMomm for more Bible study tips!

HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE WITH OTHERS: TOP 3 TIPS FOR BIBLE STUDY GROUPS

  1. Find a Bible study group. This can be challenging; however, there are excellent Bible study groups out there, such as Bible Study Fellowship, that offer amazing, in-depth Bible study with others. Often, your local church will offer small group bible studies that you can join. A lot of these small group Bible studies are centered around a particular interest, such as sewing, outdoors, or moms with small kids, which makes it easier to connect with people and share what you’ve learned in the Bible when you have something in common already.
  2. Share what you’ve learned. Group Bible studies are all about sharing what you’ve learned with others. Don’t be afraid to share even if you think it’s wrong. You’ll be surprised to learn that many others are thinking the same thing you are.
  3. The Bible is the definitive answer. When in a group Bible study, you’ll have to take what others say with a grain of salt. Since none of us are God, we can’t know exactly what God is trying to convey. Bible scholars have dedicated their lives to trying to determine this, and there are passages that are very clear. However, remember you are learning and so are others and that the Bible can speak to others differently than you.

There are many advantages to Group Bible Study, which we will discuss in a future blog post. For now, ask your local church for small group bible studies, such as women’s bible studies, men’s bible studies, or bible studies for kids, look at national bible studies, such as Bible Study Fellowship, or even look online for an online Bible study or for a group in your area. Contact me with questions!