-Central theme of Bible is salvation through Jesus Christ.

– Bible comes from Greek word biblos, which mean “book.”

– “testament” means “covenant” or agreement.

* Old and New Testament

1. Old Testament is: the covenant God made with people about their salvation before Christ came; in it we find the covenant of law; begins with God; written to reveal to us the character and teaching of Jesus Christ.; Account of a nation.

2. New Testament is: the agreement God made with people about their salvation after Christ came; in it we find the covenant of grace that came through Jesus Christ; begins with Christ.; Account of a Man, Jesus.

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(17-20) some Interesting facts about the Bible

* How to Study the Bible (20-23)

1. Look for purpose- God’s plan for salvation.

> We are sinners and can never attain salvation by ourselves; God promises us a Savior (John 3:16) Who can wash our sins away, only if we accept Him. The Savior is Jesus.

2. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you.

> “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”- James 1:5

> “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

3. Read attentively.

> “Perhaps there is so little attention in Bible reading today because there is so little intention.”

Am I reading because others say I should? Do I see it as a requirement? Or am I reading the Bible because I want to learn more about and grow in my relationship with Christ?

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

> “We must come to it with a purpose and have a clearly defined object; we must know what we are about.”

4. Make a reading plan.

> “The Bible can be read in less than 80 hours!”

How much time will you devote daily to reading the Word? God should be the number one priority of our life, if not our life itself.

5. Appreciate the Bible’s uniqueness.

>”Although divine, it is human. The thought is divine, the revelation is divine, the expression of the communication is human.”

– Bible was written by 40 different authors over a period of about 1,600 years, all guided by the Holy Spirit to write what we call “the Bible” (or “the Book” if you translate directly from Greek) today! (2 Peter 1:21)

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*One Book, One History, One Story

– The Bible is “His story” (Jesus)

>”Another way we can study the Bible is by groups – law, history, poetry, major and minor prophets, Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Revelation”

– Refrain from using commentaries when first reading through the Bible

– The Bible is a story, a revelation, from the beginning to the end. Treat it that way; read it as you would any other book.

– Not every part of the Bible is equally important; in the same way, if asked to give up a finger or an eye, of course one would give up the finger. But every part of the Bible is necessary to the perfection of the whole.

Christ, the Living Word

“God Himself became a man so that we might know what to think of when we think of God (John 1:14, 14:9)”

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” – John 21:25

A poem from this book quickly describing all the books and a short sentence summary of each book:

Old Testament Poem
In GENESIS, the world was made;
In EXODUS, the march was told;
LEVITICUS contains the Law;
In NUMBERS are the tribes enrolled.
In DEUTERONOMY again,
We’re urged to keep God’s law alone;
And these five books of Moses make
The oldest holy writing known.
Brave JOSHUA to Canaan leads;
In JUDGES oft the Jews rebel;
We read of David’s name in RUTH
And FIRST and SECOND SAMUEL.
In FIRST and SECOND KINGS we read
How bad the Hebrew state became;
In FIRST and SECOND CHRONICLES
Another history of the same.
In EZRA, captive Jews return,
And NEHEMIAH builds the wall;
Queen ESTHER saves her race from death;
These books “historical” we call.
In JOB we read of patient faith;
In PSALMS are David’s songs of praise;
The PROVERBS are to make us wise;
ECCLESIASTES next portrays,
How fleeting earthly pleasures are;
The SONG OF SOLOMON is all
About true love, like Christ’s,
And these Five books “Devotional” we call.
ISAIAH tells of Christ to come,
While JEREMIAH tells of woe,
And in his LAMENTATIONS mourns
The Holy City’s overthrow.
EZEKIEL speaks of mysteries;
And DANIEL foretells kings of old;
HOSEA over Israel grieves;
In JOEL blessings are foretold.
In AMOS, too, are Israel’s woes;
And OBADIAH’s sent to warn,
While JONAH shows that Christ should die
And MICAH where He should be born.
In NAHUM Nineveh is seen;
HABAKKUK tells of Chaldea’s guilt;
In ZEPHANIAH are Judah’s sins;
In HAGGAI the Temple’s built.
Then ZECHARIAH speaks of Christ;
And MALACHI of John, His sing;
The Prophets number seventeen,
And all the books are thirty-nine…
New Testament Poem
MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE and JOHN
Tell what Christ did in every place;
The ACTS tell what the Apostles did,
And ROMANS how we’re saved by grace.
CORINTHIANS instruct the church;
GALATIANS show us Christ alone;
EPHESIANS, true love,
And in PHILIPPIANS God’s grace is shown.
COLOSSIANS tells us more of Christ,
And THESSALONIANS of the end;
In TIMOTHY and TITUS both
Are rules for preachers to attend.
PHILEMON, Christian friendship shows,
Then HEBREWS clearly tells how all T
he Jewish law prefigured Christ;
And these Epistles are by Paul.
JAMES shows that faith by works must live,
And PETER urges steadfastness;
While JOHN exhorts to Christian love,
For those who have it God will bless.
JUDE shows the end of evil men,
And REVELATION tells of Heaven;
This is the end of the New Testament
And all the books are twenty-seven.

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