What does the Bible consist of? God reveals Himself in…
- Old Testament + New Testament 39 + 27 books = 66
- Basic Bible facts
…The story of the people
…the story of God’s unfolding salvation
- The Old Testament: The story of God and His people before the birth of Jesus. How God spoke to and guided His people under the Old Covenant.
- Narrative – history from ‘Beginnings’ onwards
- Laws – Exodus 20, Leviticus, Deuteronomy
- ‘Wisdom’ in the form of poems or songs – Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes
- The words of the prophets – people chosen by God at different times to deliver a special message…
- … challenging God’s people to consider His salvation
- … pointing to a Saviour who will rescue the world.
- The New Testament: The story of Jesus: His birth. Life, ministry, death, rising again to become our Saviour.
- How Jesus fulfilled all the stories and the promises in the Old Testament
- How He was the Saviour God’s people had been waiting for.
- The first four books Gospel or ‘Good News’ accounts tell us about the life of Jesus. The book of Acts, a continuation of Luke’s Gospel, tells us how the first churches began and grew.
- Later books are letters from leaders to the Early Church, some to named churches, others more general. In general they follow a pattern: the first half doctrine (what you believe) and the second half application (how to live the Christian life).
- The last book, the Revelation of John, is a prophecy about the end times, written in a prophetic/visionary style called apocalyptic (meaning ‘end times ). Parts of Daniel (OT) are similar in style.