I used the Bible on my tablet for a long time and you know how it works, you just search for the book of the Bible that you want and it gets it automatically. It was after I decided to switch back to the conventional Bible that I discovered I don’t know where many Books in the bible are located.
We are also used to the ‘open your Bible to so-so-and-so Book’ while in church to pick out a specific scripture that we hardly understand what’s in each Book of the Bible and the message they individually carry.
These gaps in our knowledge of the Bible inspired me to write this article and with the help of a special book titled “Explorer’s Notes: THE BIBLE; Finding your way around the Bible” by Nick Page, I welcome you to an article that would help you understand the Bible better than you do already.
THE NEW TESTAMENT:
The New Testament is probably the most influential book in the world. It starts with biographies of Jesus including His birth, life on earth, death and resurrection to the letters of Paul and ends with a vision of the future. The Books in the New Testament include:
1. THE GOSPEL AND ACTS:
The Gospels and Acts are the biographies of Jesus and the story of what happened immediately after His death and resurrection.
Matthew: The Gospel of Matthew testifies that Jesus is the King.
Mark: The Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus is the servant of God.
Luke: The Gospel of Luke testifies that Jesus is the saviour of mankind.
John: The Gospel of John unveils Jesus as the Son of God.
Acts: Jesus promised His followers that He would send them the Holy Spirit. This book tells that story and what happens next.
2. PAUL’S LETTERS:
This section contains letters written by Paul to churches and individuals in the very early years of Christianity.
Romans: is written by Paul to introduce himself to the church at Rome and to share some of his core beliefs.
1 & 2 Corinthians: were written to challenge and correct the sinful behaviour of the church at Corinth.
Galatians: was written to a group to churches planted by Paul on his missionary journey.
Ephesians: emphasizes the need for unity and summarizes Paul’s ideas and beliefs.
Philippians: is a thank-you letter from Paul. He encourages the church at Philippi to keep going.
Colossians: was written to a church that Paul had heard about from a friend. He encourages the church to focus on Jesus.
1 & 2 Thessalonians: are early letters written to encourage new converts to Christianity.
1 & 2 Timothy: are letters written to Paul’s helper Timothy, dealing with practical issues of running a church.
Titus: was written to one of Paul’s most trusted associates and deals with practical church matters, leadership, holiness and honesty.
Philemon: is a short letter written on behalf of a runaway slave.
3. GENERAL LETTERS:
The general letters were written by other Apostles, and by one unnamed writer to churches and individuals.
Hebrews: deals with the relationship of Christianity to the Old Testament Law.
James: is a practical guide on how to live as a Christian.
1 & 2 Peter: challenges false teachers and encourage those facing persecution.
1,2 & 3 John: deal with false teaching and the need for Christians to live right.
Jude: was written to encourage Christians to stay strong in the faith and to reject false teaching.
Revelation: is a massive, powerful, vision of the future, filled with mystery imagery and symbolic numbers.
Continuation: Understanding The Books of the Bible (The Old Testament)
Explorer’s Notes: THE BIBLE by Nick Page