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Title: Introduction to the Bible


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Introduction to the Bible
5 April 2014
2
Books of the Bible
3
How the Bible Is Organized
  • Historical Books
  • Genesis through Esther
  • Poetic Books
  • Job through Song of Songs
  • Prophetic Books
  • Isaiah through Malachi

Old Testament New Testament
  • Historical Books
  • Matthew through Acts
  • Epistles/Letters
  • Romans through Jude
  • Prophetic Book
  • Revelation

Ancient Time to 400 BC 0
AD to 100 AD
4
Examples of People in the Bible Who Studied the
Bible
  • Jeremiah 1516When your words came I ate them,
    for they were my joy and my hearts delight.
  • Ezra 710Now Ezra had devoted himself to the
    study and observance of the Law of the Lord and
    to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

5
Examples of People in the Bible Who Studied the
Bible
  • Mt. 44Jesus answered, It is written, man does
    not live on bread alone, but on every word that
    comes from the mouth of God.
  • Acts 1711Now the Bereans were of more noble
    character than the Thessalonians, for the
    received the message with great and examined the
    Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was
    true

6
Navigator Hand Illustration
Apply James 122
7
Reasons to Read the Bible
  1. The world's best selling book
  2. Biblical faith is based on a historical event
  3. Jesus was a real person
  4. Believing in the Bible message changes
    livesPeople have been rescued from drugs,
    depression, shop-lifting, heart condition, low
    self-esteem, a life of violence, a lesbian
    lifestyle, the effects of abuse...

8
Reasons to Read the Bible
  1. Filled with real people and real places
  2. Jesus has dramatically affected history
  3. Brilliant people believe it to be true - George
    Frederic Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz
    Haydn, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Kepler,
    Louis Pasteur, C. S. Lewis
  4. Fulfils our deepest needsLove, truth, know God,
    overcome fear of death, find forgiveness, find
    peace, find freedom, find joy, find security

9
Reasons to Read the Bible
  1. The world's most widely distributed bookThe
    whole Bible has been translated into 405
    different languages and the New Testament into
    1034 languages.
  2. Packed with the most exciting eventsThese
    include human emotion (love, joy, peace,
    exhilaration, pain and disappointment), miracles
    like people rising from the dead, people
    receiving their sight and walking on water,
    suspense, battles and the supernatural (God and
    demons).

10
Reasons to Read the Bible
  • What the Bible says makes senseThere must be a
    Creator, there is good and evil, we have trouble
    doing what is right, there will be a judgment for
    what we have done, we need forgiveness
  • Many people have died for their faith
  • Has survived the most sustained attack
  • The Bible is historically reliable
  • From the book "In Six Days (why 50 scientists
    choose to believe in creation)" edited by John F
    Ashton PhD, New Holland Publishers, 1999.
    http//www.changinglivesonline.org/why-read-the-bi
    ble.html

11
Bible Reading Priorities(for First Time Readers)
  • 4 Gospels
  • Rest of New Testament
  • Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes
  • Genesis
  • Exodus Esther
  • Job, Song of Solomon
  • Major prophets
  • Minor prophets

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Which version of the Bible?
  • Use an English translation based on the Greek
    majority text
  • KJV truer to the original text
  • NKJV easier to read
  • Beware of modern version based on the corrupted
    Nestle / Westcott-Hort / Alexandrian / Greek
    text, e.g., NIV, RSV, NASB, The Message,
    Jerusalem Bible, etc.
  • Other languages OK, but may be poor translation
    and usually based on corrupted text

13
Bible Reading Plan
  • 1189 chapters in the Bible
  • 365 days per year
  • 3 year plan 1.09 chapters / day
  • 2 year plan 1.63 chapters / day
  • 1 year plan 3.26 chapters / day
  • 6 month plan 6.5 chapters / day
  • 4 month plan 9.78 chapters / day
  • 3 month plan 13.06 chapters / day

14
How To Study the Bible
  • Historical book study
  • Prophetic book study
  • Wisdom / poetic book study
  • Parable study
  • Epistle study
  • Topical study, e.g., angels demons
  • Character study, e.g., Paul
  • Word study, love

15
Inductive Bible Study
  • Observations
  • What the text says
  • Interpretation
  • What the text means
  • Application
  • What do I do with it in my life?

16
Observations
  • Comparison
  • Contrast
  • Cause Effect
  • Word repetition
  • Key verse(s)
  • Who?
  • What?
  • Why?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • How?

17
Interpretation
  • Listen for the truth ask God for guidance
  • Do some research to try to understand the context
    and the historic situation
  • Let Scripture interpret Scripture, i.e., use
    cross references
  • Recognize literal and figurative language
  • Read the text literally unless the context
    demands otherwise
  • Dont rely too much on commentaries

18
Study Tools
  • The Bible itself! (Best tool)
  • Concordance / Dictionary
  • http//www.blueletterbible.org/
  • Bible maps
  • Internet search
  • Ask your pastor / church leaders

19
Application
  • But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers
    only, deceiving your own selves. James 122
  • Listen to the Holy Spirit speak directly
  • Is there a sin I need to repent of?
  • Is there a character area, bad habit that I need
    to change or stop?
  • Is there a positive example I can follow?
  • Is there a forgotten task I need to do?
  • Is there a person I need to talk to?

20
Study Tools
  • The Bible itself! (Best tool)
  • Concordance / Dictionary
  • http//www.blueletterbible.org/
  • Bible maps
  • Internet search
  • Ask your pastor / church leaders

21
Scripture Memory Tips
  • Choose a verse to memorize that speaks to
    something in your life right now.
  • Write it down and carry it or put it by your bed.
  • Say it out loud.
  • Pray with it.
  • Review, review, review

22
Fathers Love Letter
http//www.youtube.com/watch?vzJvqmhGs1Y8
23
QA
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth but the
word of our God shall stand for ever. Isaiah
408
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