Most of us know some Bible stories, but very few of us know the story of the Bible. You may be surprised to discover it’s a story that doesn’t actually begin in the beginning. It begins with the accounts of a few men who sat down to record the death and resurrection of Jesus. It begins with the words of his followers who were compelled to document the events that had changed everything for them—because they knew it could change everything for us.

Start Talking

  • If you had the chance to read the personal journal of someone whose life has influenced yours, who would you choose? Why would their stories and ideas be meaningful to you?
  • How were you first introduced to the Bible? What people and ideas do you associate with that time?
  • How do you feel about the Bible today?

Think About It

  • We think of the Bible as one book, but it actually consists of many letters written by many authors, including eyewitnesses. Does that match what you were first taught about the Bible? Does it change your understanding now?
  • How does understanding HOW The Bible came to be, change how you think about it? Could this also change how you talk to others about The Bible?
  • Andy explained that the documents that make up the Bible survived through violent and tumultuous centuries because of early Christians’ confidence “that these documents told the truth about something that happened on planet Earth in the first century when God showed up in the person of Jesus Christ. ”How does this change your approach to or confidence in the Bible?

Look It Up

  • Luke was a first-century Greek doctor who documented the life of Jesus. How do you think his background affects his account of Jesus’ life and influence? 
  • Additionally, what do you know about the other authors of the gospels? How does what you know about them inform how you read their books?

Read Luke 1:1–4.  Why do you think it was unusual in ancient times for many people to write about an event? How does Luke describe his purpose in documenting Jesus’ life?

  • It’s possible you or someone you know left your faith because of something in the Bible. What is the “it” that you or they don’t believe?

 Read John 20:30-31 to find out the only “it” that really matters. How does John describe his purpose in writing? What do you think John meant by “have life in his name”?

  • If John’s account of Jesus’ life was all you had, what would change about how you approach Jesus and encourage others to move toward him?

What Now?

  • What has been the most helpful thought/idea from the message this week? How has that thought/idea helped you?

The story of the Bible is extraordinary. It’s a story with personal implications for all of us because of what Jesus did for all of us. We can have clarity regarding our relationship with the Hebrew Bible and we can have confidence regarding the event of the resurrection. This week, think about what old ways of thinking you can let go of in order to make room for a better way—the way that was established before the Bible existed; the way that relies on Jesus rising from the dead and being seen by men and women who believed and followed.

Additional Resources

The Lost Letters of Pergamum by Bruce Longenecker (Book)