PRESERVING THE TRUTH
Know: God orchestrated the preservation of His Word throughout history.
Think: I can be confident that God has preserved His Word so that I have His absolute truth to live by.
Do: Read and study God’s Word with complete confidence.
READ: LISTEN TO GOD
Read 1 Peter 1:24-25; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 3:15-16; Luke 3:1-2. We believe that God has revealed Himself in a special manner through the written word, but how do we know if the Bible we read today is the same Bible that was written so long ago? Can we really trust that what we read from the Scriptures today is what the authors originally intended? We believe these are valid questions with some remarkable answers.
PRAY: TALK TO GOD
Trust the Bible’s reliability, knowing God has preserved it through the years. Pray with your family to thank God for making the Bible the only book of its kind and for preserving it for all this time.
DO: WALK WITH GOD
Option 1: One of the main criticisms of the Bible is that we don’t have the original manuscripts today. However, we know that God preserved His Word and that everything we read in the Bible today is inspired by God. There are many historical discoveries that match what we read in the Bible and help us have confidence in its preservation. Ask your children to copy John 3:16 word for word on a piece of paper. Have them check it several times to make sure it was copied correctly. Explain that God helped scribes to copy the Bible accurately down through the years.
Option 2: Discuss some of the prominent pieces of art or history that have been preserved over time and are now considered priceless:
• Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
• The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci
• The Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo
• The Rosetta Stone
• King Tut’s Tomb
All of these things have been preserved, and are now considered priceless. Imagine if there was a book believed to be written by the most powerful being in the universe. Within its pages were the answers to the biggest questions in life, including how mankind came into existence. Imagine that book had been remarkably preserved for centuries, so that we could read it today. If that book existed, should it not be considered the most valuable thing on the planet?
Today your child learned the Bible teaches us how God wants us to live. He or she learned God gives us His wisdom throughout the Bible. The Bible Is God’s Word and we can read it to learn how to make right choices that please Him.
Today your student learned God’s Word is eternal, and it stands absolutely firm. He or she also learned the life of Jesus is a visual demonstration of God’s preservation and fulfillment of His true Word. The purpose of the Bible is to teach, rebuke, correct, and train us in righteousness. Your student was challenged to seek the Lord through His Word and call on Him daily.
How can we know that the Bible we have today is trustworthy? Could portions have been lost or changed over time? Could errors have crept in? Teens studied the wonderful work of God in preserving and protecting the Bible over many generations. Proof abounds for verifying that the words we have today are God’s Word, which can be trusted! Ask your teenager about some of that proof. Look together at an Internet site about Biblical archaeology (http://www.biblearchaeology.org/research.aspx) or Biblical apologetics (http://www.icr.org/article/understanding-effective-biblical-apologetics/) to learn together about more evidence that the Bible is true.