Bible Study Methods
Before we begin the Bible Study we will seek the answer to the "What is the Bible?" question.
The Bible is a book, actually a collection of books- 39 Old Testament Books and 27 New Testament Books.
It is a library of books and the author is God.
(2 Timothy 3:16). All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."
That is not to say that the Bible denies that human beings actually did the writing. Rather, the Bible acknowledges its human authorship but the writers were under the guidance of the Spirit of God. These human authors spoke from God as they were inspired by the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit.
(2 Peter 1:21) For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The supernatural authorship of the Bible sets it apart from any other book or collection of books. But how can that claim to divine authorship be made?
Certainly there must be proof.
Because the Bible claims that the reader, hearer or listener is the proof.
The Bible declares that if there is any proof, and (the Bible's authors would deny any need for external proof),it is the experience of the readers, hearers, or listeners as they encountered the wonderful energy and power of the Bible is the proof.
This experience explains the survival of the Bible through all the centuries. It is the most published book of all time because throughout the centuries people have found in its pages the secret knowledge of the Cosmos. It is a knowledge that points to human person as of uniquely cosmic importance- an importance reflected in Genesis chapters 1-3.