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Sunday, July 23, 2017

To understand the Bible better:


1. The Bible is divided into two sections—the Old Testament and the New Testament.
2. Each section is divided into books—39 in the Old and 27 in the New.
3. Each book has its own name.
4. Each book has numbered chapters.
5. Each chapter has numbered verses.
6. Each of the books belong to a category.
7. When we see a Bible reference it includes the book name, the chapter number and the verse number—like this: Acts 2:38.

The difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament is based on man’s relationship with God. In the Old Testament in order to maintain a good relationship with God they had to follow the Mosaic Law. With the birth of Jesus Christ, God formed a new relationship with man. The New Testament records the events of the new plan and helps us understand how the same God of the Old Testament became a man—God robed in flesh—and then comes to live inside of us as individuals through the power of the Holy Ghost.

The 39 books of the Old Testament are separated into the following categories:

Law:
1. Genesis
2. Exodus
3. Leviticus
4. Numbers
5. Deuteronomy

History:
1. Joshua
2. Judges
3. Ruth
4. I & II Samuel
5. I & II Kings
6. I & II Chronicles
7. Ezra
8. Nehemiah
9. Esther

Poetry:
1. Job
2. Psalms
3. Proverbs
4. Ecclesiastes
5. Song of Solomon

Prophets:
1. Isaiah
2. Jeremiah
3. Lamentations
4. Ezekiel
5. Daniel
6. Hosea
7. Joel
8. Amos
9. Obadiah
10. Jonah
11. Micah
12. Nahum
13. Habakkuk
14. Zephaniah
15. Haggai
16. Zechariah
17. Malachi

The 27 books of the New Testament are separated into the following categories:

Gospels: (Each of these contain the life story of Jesus Christ)
1. Matthew
2. Mark
3. Luke
4. John

History of the Church:
1. Acts

Letters to established churches:
1. Romans
2. I & II Corinthians
3. Galatians
4. Ephesians
5. Philippians
6. Colossians
7. I & II Thessalonians
8. I & II Timothy
9. Titus
10. Philemon
11. Hebrews
12. James
13. I & II Peter
14. I, II & III John
15. Jude

Book of Prophecy:
1. Revelation

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