11/18/20 • It Is Written • 1 • Calming the Storm

We're starting a new series this week called "IT IS WRITTEN". Reading and believing the Bible is one of the greatest ways to fall more deeply in love with God and experience greater joy, but understanding it is not always that easy. In this series, we will be helping the teens to figure out how to understand the Bible, so they can experience this joy themselves.

Main Point: You Can Read The Bible
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41

4 things of what NOT to do when trying to understand the Bible
  1. Don’t look to Google for an answer - Google is not a mindless search engine - it has an agenda and i doesn't always agree with God's Word
  2. Don’t assume that something unexplained is inexplainable - The Bible was written in a different culture, in a different language, 2000 years ago. It was easy to understand for the people of that day, but it is harder for us now, but that doesn't mean it is inexplainable.
  3. Don’t allow confusion on a minor issue to cause a major crisis of faith
  4. Don’t be bothered that you can’t understand everything
4 things to help you understand the Bible
  1. Start with Prayer - Ask God for help, understanding
  2. Check multiple translations - NIV, ESV, NASB, NLT (message paraphrase) - YouVersion - you might find it’s worded differently and it will help you
  3. Ask questions below as you read the  - Website - Devotions
  4. Ask for help - From a leader, study bible, gotquestions.org, desiringgod.org

Discussion Questions

Look Up Section
  • Can you retell the story in your own words?
  • What did you like about this story?
  • What surprised you?
  • What confused or bothered you? Why?
  • What does the passage tell us about God? People? about living to please God?
  • Is there a command to follow?
  • Is there a sin to avoid?
Look Forward Section
  • How does this passage change how you view God? Yourself? Other people?
  • How should this passage change how you live?
  • What specifically would you do differently this coming week?
  • What is your “I Will” statement this week? (In one sentence, What will you do with what you’ve learned today: “I will _________”)
  • Who can I tell about what I've learned?

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