Date: January 1, 2016
Session 5: Gods’ Word Is Always Relevant
The Point: God’s Word reflects His character and power—and always will.
Get Into the Study
Use the following information to introduce Question #1.
Begin by sharing this news item:
In July 2016 a game called Pokemon GO was released. People (called Pokemon Trainers) played the game on their smartphones, using the phone’s GPS to find and catch the Pokemons (small fictional creatures that are roaming around). The goal is to catch as many Pokemons as possible. The game was highly popular – around July 18, almost 45 million people were daily active users. At the end of August, popularity had declined some and there were around 30 million users. News stories in the summer months reported that one man quit his job to travel around and try to catch all the Pokemons (there are 250). Two other men fell off a cliff while chasing Pokemons. And another man fell into a pond.
Say: Many of you have probably heard of the Pokemon fad. Perhaps some of you even played it.
Then read Question #1 (When have you gotten swept up in a trend or fad?) (PSG, p. 60) and invite volunteers to respond to the question.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
— Donna McKinney wrote this Leader Extra. Donna is retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in North Carolina.
Study the Bible
Many people reject the Bible as the trustworthy, infallible, inerrant Word because they claim it is not relevant to modern culture. Two years ago, CBS News published findings from a Barna survey, polling Americans regarding their approach to the Bible:
“It found that while about one in five Americans continues to read the Bible at least four times a week and view it as divinely inspired, an equal percentage doubt the Bible’s relevance and authority. That’s almost twice the percentage of those who were skeptical of the Bible in 2011.
The survey found the greatest increase in indifference toward the Bible was among Americans between the ages of 18 and 29.”¹
Lead your group in a discussion on the relevance of God’s Word.
- Based on personal experience, do you feel these findings are still accurate or have they changed? If they have changed, in what direction?
- Why is the concept of “relevance” valued in your generation?
- What qualifies the Bible as relevant in a culture that feels it isn’t?
- How are the beliefs of an inerrant and inspired Bible critical to believing in its relevancy?
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- What would you say is relevant in your life today?
- In what ways has God’s Word been relevant in your life in the past month?
- What does it mean to be relevant?
- When do you most feel relevant and irrelevant?
- What fads do you remember from your high school days? How long did they last?
- What is something you consider permanent? Why?
- How can the permanent, eternal nature of God’s Word give us comfort and hope in times of trouble?
- How does the timelessness of God’s Word point to its relevance for today?
- How have you seen the faithfulness of God in creation?
- How have you seen God’s Word proven true over the course of your lifetime?
- How do both the heavens and earth affirm the relevance of the Bible?
- What do you think of when you hear the word “trustworthy?” Why?
- Why is it important to know that God’s Word is never going to change?
- Describe an example as to how you have experienced the trustworthiness of God’s word.
- How has your understanding of the Bible grown and changed over the years?
- When did you first encounter the Bible in a meaningful way?
- How can knowledge of the Bible lead to greater trust in God?
- How can ignorance of it lead to distrust of God?
- In what ways does a commitment to Scripture (or a lack of commitment to Scripture) show up in the life of a believer?
- How can we discern if our commitment to Scripture is legalistic or life-giving?
- How do you pursue delight in God?
- Have you experienced God’s Word giving you life?
- How is the power of God’s Word activated in our lives?
- What steps can you take to make sure you don’t “forget” God’s Word?
- When have you taken delight in God’s Word?
- What are some ways God’s Word has shaped your heart?
- What steps can we take to remember the Scriptures in a deeper way?
- How will a confidence in God’s care show up in the way that we live, especially as we go through trials in our lives?
- Why do we sometimes feel we need to pray with long eloquent speeches rather than simply praying, “save me” in difficult moments of life?
- What are some truths to remember when we feel attacked and opposed?
- What is the difference between knowing the Bible and knowing God?
- Are you able to pray with confidence? Why or why not?
- Why is it not necessary to add anything to God’s Word for salvation, direction, or fulfillment?
- What does it mean, in your own words, to tell God, “I am yours”?
- Based on Psalm 119: 96, what makes God’s instruction different from other wise sayings we encounter in life?
- What are some symptoms of studying the Bible without loving God?
- What happens when we study the Bible without a love for God?
- How does devotion to God sometimes evoke anger from the ungodly?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional:
Here’s a brief five-minute teaching video about this session: Spoken, Session 5