With the deluge of communication around us-books, newspapers, blogs, journals, and magazines all insisting that their view of the world is most compelling-which should we trust? This is no small question. In fact, our answer has eternal implications.
The twelve-session Why We Believe the Bible Study Guide and DVD are designed to help study groups and classes explore the claim that the Bible stands above all others as the book of books, pointing infallibly to the King of kings. Through the DVD teaching of Pastor John Piper and the five guided assignments per week, participants will study biblical texts and discuss probing questions to help them see why the Bible alone is worthy of our confidence.
About the Author
JOHN PIPER is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. His many books include When I Don't Desire God, God Is the Gospel, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, and Don't Waste Your Life and their DVDs and study guides.
Table of Contents
Introduction to This Study Guide 7
Lesson 1 Introduction to Why We Believe the Bible 11
Lesson 2 Why Does It Matter If the Bible Is True? (Part 1) 13
Lesson 3 Why Does It Matter If the Bible Is True? (Part 2) 28
Lesson 4 Which Books Make Up the Bible? 44
Lesson 5 Do We Have the Very Words Written by the Biblical Authors? 65
Lesson 6 What Does the Bible Claim for Itself? 81
Lesson 7 How Can We Justify the Claim That the Bible Is God's Word? (Part 1) 98
Lesson 8 How Can We Justify the Claim That the Bible Is God's Word? (Part 2) 113
Lesson 9 Natural Revelation and the Reliability of the Bible 129
Lesson 10 The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit 141
Lesson 11 What Does It Mean That the Bible Is Inerrant? 158
Lesson 12 Review and Conclusion 173
Leader's Guide 175
Appendix A Six-Session Intensive Option 181
Appendix B Leading Productive Discussions 183