Sunday School Lesson 901 How do we know the Bible is from God?

Sunday School Lesson from Karen Cox about the Bible

Lesson 1 How do we know the Bible is from God?

Verse Center: [It’s only his word that will not return void.] 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: This can be a table that students can play a review game on. (Some students may come in early and have the time, so keep them busy.) Make homemade game by: cutting 3x5 cards in half making them 2 ½ x 3 inches. Write all the 13 verses for this unit- one on each card (Verse cards). Make a “game board” by taking 2- 8 ½ x 11 papers, taping them together on the long side and placing written circles or stickers across the “board” like a snake path to the other side- start on one end and stop on the other end. Make 20- 2 ½ x 3 inch cards with 1- 5 written on each set of 5 which makes 4 sets of 1-5. Shuffle these cards. Place on board. Use buttons etc for place holders on the board putting them all on start. First student picks a number card and verse card. They have to read or recite (teacher determines how much they can look at the verse for help). The students move the amount of spaces the card says. Last one to “stop” place wins. For new games just get creative with decorating the “game board”. Change the Verse cards for each unit.

Visual Teaching Aids (VA)

Print on 8 - 8 ½ x 11 card stock or paper or write on chalk board: The Bible: How we know it’s from God:

1. It claims to be;

2. It makes the fearful, fearless.

3. It is unified with 40 authors over 1600 years.

4.It fit’s the facts of Science, History and Archaeology, etc.

5. Prophecies have been fulfilled;

6. The 40 authors of the Bible had a good reputation; 7. It has survived much persecution over 3500 years.

(I like to use colored card stock in rainbow colors in order, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink.)


1. Students will know 7 reasons we believe the Bible is from God.

2. Students will be able to recite at least the last 8 words of Ps.12:7

Teaching the Lesson

1.Teach the verse using “Helps” from General Instructions.

2.Read each of the 7 reasons from VA’s why we know the Bible came from God.

A. It claims to be. The words “Thus saith the Lord” are written 3000 times in the Bible.

1. II Tim 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God….

2. God promised to not only inspire the words but “preserve” the words, and that perfectly like he does all things. Even though his pure words would be “tried in a furnace of earth” in other words persecuted against, he would preserve them through it. For example, William Tyndale was burned at the stake in 1536 for translating the Greek New Testament into English so his countrymen, the English people could understand it.

B. It makes the fearful fearless.

1.Think of Peter who was afraid to tell the young girl that he knew Jesus. (Mark 14:66-72). Later he became a fearless preacher of the Gospel of Christ and was eventually killed for preaching that Christ arose from the dead. If Peter really wasn’t convinced that Jesus rose from the dead he would never have changed like that.

2. And every person since then who has accepted Christ as their Savior becomes a changed person. (II Cor 5:17)

C. It is unified

1. All books are in agreement throughout, even though there were 40 authors who wrote over a 1600 year period. Christ the Messiah is the central theme throughout.

2.There are 507 of quotations taken from the OT (Old Testament) that are in the NT (New Testament).

D. The Bible fit’s the facts of Science, History, Archaeology etc etc.

1. Until a few hundred years ago everyone believed the earth was flat and Columbus would fall off the edge of it if he went far enough west. If they had studied their Bible they would have known it said “the circle of the earth” Isaiah 40:22.

2. George Washington died because it was practiced by doctors to take the blood out of sick people thinking that they had bad blood. But the Bible had said in Leviticus 17:11 “the life of the flesh is in the blood…”. They didn’t know their Bible very well.

3. In Genesis 1:25 it says, “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” But the evolutionist/atheists even before Darwin insisted that animals could change into other kinds of animals. Then in 1953 DNA was discovered and proved why for example dogs have only baby dogs, not cats-after their kind. Their DNA forces them to. (Unfortunately the public school textbooks have not been updated. )

E. Prophecies have been fulfilled.

1. There are hundreds of prophecies or telling what will happen in the future in the Bible. Hundreds have already come true and we are waiting for “end time” prophecies to come true in the future.

2. Micah 5:2 had said 400 years before it came to pass that the Messiah (Jesus) would be born in Bethlehem.

3.Daniel 9:25 told 500 years before it came to pass, that the Messiah would be killed (cut off), 69x7= 483 years from the time of decree to restore Jerusalem. You guessed it, they didn’t study their Bible.

F. The 40 authors of the Bible were reputable or had a trustworthy character and people trusted them to be leaders in their time, even though they still were sinners and admitted to it. Even today cities, streets, hospitals, schools, churches and people are named after the authors. All but John was murdered because of the testimony of God’s goodness they preached.

G. In the face of much persecution, the Bible has survived 3500 years. The Jewish scribes meticulously copied the OT for 1500 years. Then the NT was written in the first century after Christ. (40-100 AD) Tatian, and all the Roman Emperors tried to kill all the Christians and get rid of their Bibles. He decreed in 303 AD that “All scriptures of the Christians should be confiscated and their owners killed.“ In 1119 AD the Council of Toulouse decreed, “The Bible is forbidden to the laity, and no part of it can be translated into their own language.” Fenton Hort, in the 1870’s said about the Greek Received Text (Bible) (Quite different than the Catholic Vulgate) “I am most anxious to provide something to replace them.” Millions of Christians have been killed for insisting on following the Bible in the last 2000 years.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 Paul wrote, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”

Materials needed for Art Project

Cardboard pattern of squirrel and acorn 1/7students.

8 colors of colored construction paper,

Small scissors(one for each student) and a couple large scissors

Brad for each student

Pens or pencils for each student


ART Project

Get the pattern of the squirrel and acorn.

Acorn Squirrel


Enlarge it and print off so the squirrel is 6 ½ “ tall and the acorn is 3 ½ “ high. Cut them out. Take CBC (cereal/cracker box cardboard) and trace the 2 patterns out on the back of it. Cut out the cardboard patterns with heavy scissors. Using brown, black etc colored construction paper and have students trace around the cardboard squirrel pattern and cut it out with scissors. You may want to trace some out ahead of time for younger students. You’ll probably need 1 cardboard pattern for every 6-7 students. Using the acorn pattern have students make 7 acorns , one out of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink (ROYGBPP) construction paper. Usually a person can cut 3 out at a time with heavy scissors. Students are to write what’s on the VA’s 1-7 on each acorn in that order 1 on red, 2 on orange etc. Write “The Bible; how we know it’s from God” on the squirrel. With the point of a compass or sharp object (older students only) punch a small hole in top of each acorn and near the cheek of the squirrel. Place a brad in all acorns in ROYGBPP order and through the squirrel. Draw an eye on the squirrel. Now students can memorize the lesson and review it anytime they look at it- and can teach it to their friends beings they have their own visual aid (VA) . You might want to help them make a box (cereal box etc) and side cut to open and covered with wrapping paper to keep at home for their art projects. Or you can help them make a scrap book, sheets of newspaper can be used to make pages, to glue their art projects to , to keep them in. This all aids review.

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