After we had Reuben sandwiches and a toss salad with cherry tomatoes and mandarin oranges, my family profited from this Bruce Ware quote and the chapter in which it is found.
Or think of it like this: because the Bible is what it is (it is the Word of God), it can do what it does (it is profitable to help us grow and be equipped for every good work). But if the Bible were not really the Word of God, we could not be sure that it would work in these positive ways to help us to grow. What the Bible is (the Word of God) enables it to do what it does (help us to grow).
Bruce Ware, Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God, “God Talks—The Bible is God’s True and Lasting Word,” page 23
This daisy-chained into our 11 year old Ben wanting to know how it is logically sound to say that the Bible is God’s Word because the Bible says it’s God’s Word. We talked about how if we used something else to prove the Bible, then what we used would be authoritative. For example, if we proved God’s Word scientifically, then science would be authoritative. Science supports the truth of God’s Word. But, our confidence in the Word of God is not predicated on scientific proof.
Rather, Scripture is the self-authenticating Word of God. When we prayerfully read the Bible, the Holy Spirit gives confidence that this is the very Word of God. There is no higher authority.
We didn’t answer all Ben’s questions. There were dishes to be done.
As a family, we have a very simple approach with this book. We read the chapter together, briefly review it, share prayer requests, pray around the table, and sing one song. Ez-peezy-lemon-squeezy.