What is the Bible?

This lesson focuses on some of the ways the Bible describes God’s word! The word of God is a lamp to our feet, a sword that cuts, food to our souls, a mirror that reveals, and seed that produces. We want to inspire the kids in the adventure of discovering Jesus through the word!

Key Verse

“These are the very Scriptures that testify about me”

– John 5.39b (NIV)


Lesson

Props: A letter, a Bible, a flashlight, a nerf sword, a baby bottle, a pocket mirror, and a packet of seeds.

Ask the kids how they communicate with people around them? Most of the time we speak to one another using words. We talk to each other all the time! Sometimes we use other forms of communication, like speaking on the phone, or emailing, or even writing letters!

Now, how does God communicate with us? One of the main ways that God speaks to us is through the Bible! [Hold up your Bible] The Bible is an amazing book that helps us to know God and understand his great love for us. It’s almost like a letter from God. God didn’t write the Bible directly, but God spoke through many people over many years, and gradually the Bible came together under God’s guidance.

Today we’re not going to read one story from the Bible like we normally do, we’re going to talk about the Bible itself, which is God’s word to us. We’re going to look at some of the ways that the Bible describes God’s word so that we can understand it better!

Five Ways that the Bible describes God’s Word

A Lamp to Our Feet

If you were somewhere at night and needed to see the way, you’d need a flashlight to light the path ahead of you! The Psalmist says to God: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119.105)

The Bible is just like that for us. It helps us to see the way. Who is the way? Jesus said that he is “the way, and the truth, and the life”! (Jn 14.6).

A Sword that Cuts

The book of Revelation describes Jesus coming back with a sword coming out of his mouth. It’s a way of saying that his word is like a sword! Did you know that the word of God is like a sword? It’s like a weapon that God has put in your hands!

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4.12)

Milk and Bread that we can Eat

God’s word nourishes us. What? Does that mean we can eat the Bible? No! It means that it feeds our soul and helps us grow spiritually. Jesus reminds us that God’s word is like bread, and the Apostles Peter and Paul both describe God’s word as milk!

“But he answered, “It is written,
                 “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
     but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” (Mat 4.4)

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation” (1 Peter 2.2)

A Mirror

What does a mirror do? It helps us to see ourselves! The Bible helps us to see things clearly so that we can act wisely.

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.” (James 1.23)

If you looked in the mirror and you had some ketchup on your face wouldn’t you want to do something about it?

Seed that Multiplies

God’s word is like a seed that takes root in our lives. It grows in us and bears fruit. Just like new life grows from a seed, new life comes to us through the word of God!

“…you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pe 1.23)

The Bible makes known the story of Jesus, and when we come to know Jesus, we are born again! So, don’t go and bury your Bible in the garden, but plant the seeds of Jesus’ love in your heart and watch them grow!

Application

The Bible contains God’s word to us and it’s valuable to us in so many ways! We get to come to church and hear amazing stories and learn about how incredible Jesus is and what it means to live for him. We urge you to read the Bible for yourself at home or with your parents. It’s an adventure! God can speak to you through his word and give you wisdom and love.

Remember that God also wants to hear from us. God speaks to us through his word and we can speak to him as well, so let’s pray!

Prayer: Thank God for giving us the Bible so that we can know him and understand his great love for us. Pray that the children would be nourished by God’s word as they seek to follow Jesus.


Image Credit: A Father Reading the Bible to His Family, Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805)