Sunday School Lesson 902 Inspiration and Preservation of the Bible

Sunday School Lesson by Karen Cox


Verse Center: 2 Peter 1:21

Cut up 8 ½ x 11 lined paper into sixths of the page - each of equal size. Place these on a table for when the students come in the door they go directly there and write the new verse out on their paper. They should be provided with colored pencils too so that they can underline important words in the new verse to emphasize certain words.

They also will recite last weeks verse each week to a listener. The Listener signs the students “verse signature paper” which goes in a “student file” made of a manila folder with student’s name on it. This folder should be kept, one for each student, also for any homework assignments, so that rewards can be given out at the end of the year or semester. 

Review Center : use the game from Lesson 1

Visual Aids: Use either card stock or construction paper (9x12) for backing- for white paper that has the main elements printed on them in large enough print so the whole class can read it (or write it on a chalk board). For the “backing” for VA’s choose red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink (ROYGBVP) and you might laminate them for extra durability, as they’ll last longer. They can be used for all future lessons. Use small paper clips around the edges to hold the white paper VA’s to the colored cards. The colors will make the VA’s more attractive and when used in order will help you know which one is next. Use extras when there’s more than 7 pages. These also will be stronger when clipping to an easel or whatever you use to prop it up for the students to see.

Print the words “Inspiration” and “Preservation” and the verses for them on white card stock or paper. Go over the verses. You might want to look them up for more information in commentaries etc. Use them for your teaching. Read the section on “Definitions” to the students. Define terms that the students do not know.


1.Older students will be able recite the two verses and their titles.

2. Older students will understand the difference between Inspiration and Preservation.

The Lesson: Inspiration is what God did to the authors originally, preservation is what God did for the originals for the next 3500 years for the OT and 2000 years for the NT; through much tribulation. We will study the “furnaces of earth” trials the scriptures and those who held them suffered for the last 2000 years. We don’t understand how God does everything but we know that what God does is perfectly done. Ecc 3:14 says, “ I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.”

INSPIRATION: 2 Peter 1:21 For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
PRESERVATION: Psalms 12:6,7 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Bible: Book
Holy Bible: God's Book or God's Word
Testament: an agreement or promise
Old Testament: How God dealt with people of the world and his chosen nation Israel before Christ .
New Testament: God's new way of dealing with people after Christ.
Canon: the Scriptures gathered by the apostles who used certain rules to determine which books would be in the New Testament (NT). The Jewish leaders determined the Old Testament (OT) books. Rom 3:1 All 39 OT books are thought to have been finished by the time of Ezra. Lk 11:51 The NT was written by the apostles Jn 16:13 and was completed during the days of the apostles Jude 3. The NT was received by the believers in the early churches Jn 10:27 , I Thes 2:13. In AD 367 Athanasius listed 27 of our books as the NT.

The Protestant Church Confessionals after the Reformation said, "The 66 books of the Bible were "immediately inspired by God, and, by his singular care and providence, kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical; so as in all controversies of religion the church is finally to appeal unto them."

Sola Scriptura: Latin for The “Scriptures Alone” (The cry of the Reformation).

The Bible was divided into chapters by Stephen Langton in the 1200's and into verses in the 1500's. The Bible has 31,173 verses. There were 40 human authors who wrote over a period of 1600 years, while living in 3 different continents. All the Bible originals were never in the same spot at the same time. The scriptures Paul told Timothy were inspired were copies. The rules the apostles used to determine which books would be in the NT were: 1. They had to be written by an apostle, 2. Someone close to an apostle, 3. Someone that Christ or the apostles quoted from. The Old Testament was written originally in Hebrew language, the New Testament was written originally in Greek. The Bible has been translated into more than 1000 languages. God gave us his written word to communicate his will to us.

Materials for Art: Red and green construction paper, cbc patterns for apple card and leaf. Straight edge or ruler, black pen, scissors.

Art Project directions: Fold red construction paper and place apple card pattern on it with straight side on fold. Cut it out on the round side. Cut out the leaf on green paper. Glue it on the top of the apple. Students should draw eyes, nose etc on the front of the apple. On inside draw horizontal lines ½” apart. Use these to write “Inspiration” on the left side of the card and its verse. Write “Preservation” on the right side of the card and its verse.

Copyright @ 1997 Karen M. Cox

No part of this may be duplicated without written consent of the publisher except to use to teach one’s own class or ministry.

ISBN: 0-9741591-0-7