Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Back to Basics - Part 4

I gave the fourth mini-sermon in this series a few weeks ago. Here is a summary of what I said.

We said last time that we should bring our own Bibles to church. This week, I want to show you how to use your own Bible in church, especially if you are fairly new to all this!

Each week I read from a passage in either the New Testament or the Old Testament and I will usually preach from that passage. Keep the passage that I am preaching from open in front of you. As I refer to a verse, have a look at it. Become familiar with the passage and then when you get home, read it for yourself and pray about what you have heard, preferably the same day.

Occasionally I will refer to other passages in the Bible. If you are not familiar with where the books of the Bible are, I would suggest you don't turn to those other passages, but rather keep the passage I am preaching open in front of you. Write down those other passages I refer to and look at them later for your own personal study.

To help you find the books of the Bible quicker in the future, I would encourage you to learn the order of the books of the Bible. The 1689 Baptist Confession's first chapter is called, "The Holy Scripture" and there it lists the books of the Bible in the order they appear. It does this so that we can be sure which books of the Bible are included in the canon. But those who wrote these documents were very keen to encourage learning among the people of God. I am sure the list was also put there to help new converts learn where the books of the Bible could be found.

Here they are, in order:

OLD TESTAMENT: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations,Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, Jude, Revelation.

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