What is the Bible?

  • “Bible” comes from a word that just means “books.”
  • Written by forty different writers over 1500 years (about 1400 BC – first century AD).
  • II Timothy 3:16-17
  • II Peter 1:20-21 – God inspired the words of the Bible.

What’s the deal with translations?

  • Mark 5:38 – NASB vs. The Message
  • Recommended translations: New American Standard 1995 (NASB-95), English Standard Version (ESV), New King James Version (NKJV), King James Version (KJV)
  • Compare translations when you study!

How do I find my way around?

  • Acts 17:11
  • Book, chapter, and verse layout

What is the Bible about?

  • The Bible is the story of God’s love for us. Specifically, it’s the story of Him saving us from our sins through His Son, Jesus Christ.
  • Genesis 1:1 - Creation
  • Genesis 12:1-3, 7 – God’s promises to Abraham
  • Matthew 1:1, 21-23
  • Matthew 20:17-19 – Jesus prophesied His own death and resurrection
  • Matthew 22:25-40
  • Matthew 27:22-26, 51-54 – Jesus’ crucifixion
  • Hebrews 10:4; 9:22
  • Acts 2:22-24, 32-39
  • Important teaching in the Bible:
    • The Old Covenant God had with Moses and the Israelites is no longer in effect since it was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14).
    • Jesus is the head of one body (one church) (Ephesians 4:4; 1:22-23)
    • He is the Savior of that one body (Ephesians 5:23)
    • We must obey God in all aspects of our lives (II Corinthians 5:10)
    • We don’t decide how to serve God. Rather, He tells us what to do, and we do it (Romans 10:2-3).
    • At any moment, God is going to end the world in the twinkling of an eye (I Corinthians 15:52).
    • At that time, each one of s will give an account of himself to God (Romans 14:12).
    • Heaven awaits the obedient and Hell awaits the disobedient (Matthew 25:46).
  • Matthew 7:21

What should I do now?

  • Read Luke and Acts!