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Old Testament: Biblical Beginnings- Part 1

Don’t fall trap to the misleading statements that the Bible or it’s contents are outdated or old fashioned. This is a common smoke screen the enemy uses today to detour non-believers from coming to know truth and freedom in Him.

The ultimate lie to keep you disconnected, broken, feeling empty, and not seeking a relationship with Jesus. The Bible stands true today- just as it did the day it was written. God and His Word are never changing and can ALWAYS be counted on.

Let’s take a look at some of the Bible Basics of the New Testament books. Jot down some key points- interesting facts- and questions you may have- as you read through this short study. (Feel free to email or post questions below in the comment section- I do my very best to answer/write back to everyone who writes)

The New Testament books are a collection of God’s story and begins before time began.

Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The key here is to break down this first sentence- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Take note that in the beginning it was God. The Bible shows us this by making it clear that the Old Testament started before time- before man-before animals- before flowers, trees, plants- before water, air, sound- before light and dark.

In the beginning it was literally God. Nothing more. Nothing less. God is the beginning of life- the beginning of everything.

The Old Testament is a collection of books with great spiritual and personal value. It teaches us about who God is and how life began. It explains how evil was introduced into the world. It inspires us for holy living and fills our hearts with gratitude and praise.

The Old Testament prophesies about the coming of the Messiah, our redeemer. Provides us with a fundamental understanding of God and sets the foundation for the rest of the Bible.

It also sets a standard of truth and lays out the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.

There are 3 different types of knowledge we can obtain from getting to know God through the Old Testament.

  1. Factual Knowledge– To know God in this manner we must first know about Him. Learning His character and record of miracles and promises kept.
  2. Personal Knowledge-Knowing God in this manner takes us past the information stage and to a stage of relationship. Getting to know God through our own experiences and relationships with those who already have an established relationship with Him.
  3. Practical Knowledge- To know God in this form of knowledge we study His Word and He spells out His will for our life. Shows us how we need to change on the inside to live the life He created us for. Gaining practical knowledge of God through Bible studies such as this will help us to learn how to live in the complex world around us .

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Who is God? What does the Bible say about Him?

 

Before you get started with this study of scripture and dig into what the word says about God and his character, take the time to answer a few questions first.

  1. Who do you think God is?
  2. Who is Jesus?
  3. How powerful do you think God is?
  4. List 5 words that you think describe God and his character.
  5. What role, if any, did God and The Bible have in your home when you were growing up?

Now let us take the time to dig into His word and see what it has to say. I encourage you to look up each verse in your Bible and read the full scripture.

Genesis 1:1 God created all.
Psalm 139:1-6 God knows you
Mark 1:9-11 Jesus is Gods son
Romans 1:20 
God has eternal power (just like a cellphone signal works, you can’t see it but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The phone still works just like prayer works with God)
Romans 8:38-39 Gods love is unconditional nothing can separate you from His love.
1 John 1:5 God is light in Him there is no darkness.
2 Peter 3:18 God is patient
Isaiah 40:28  God is everlasting, God is the Creator, He is understanding
James 1:17 God of blessings
Galatians 5:22 Gods ‘fruit’ is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.
Psalm 18:30 God is perfect, Proven and Protector
John 14:26 God is a teacher
John 14:6 Jesus is the “lifeline” between God and man. He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Isaiah 41:10 God is your Helper and your strength
Psalm 103:1-22 God is your healer and redeemer. He is merciful, gracious, and slow to anger.
1 Peter 1:15 God is Holy
Exodus 34:6-7 God is merciful, gracious, long suffering, abounding in goodness and truth. He is forgiving.
Philippians 4:7 God is peace
1 Corinthians 10:13 God is faithful
1 John 4:14 Jesus (God’s son) is the savior for the world
Numbers 14:18-19 God is slow to anger and abundant in steadfast love
Proverbs 30:5-6 God is your shield.

 

Time To Reflect

  1. Which verse stands out most to you?
  2. What did you learn that you did now know before this study?
  3. How will you apply these verses to your own life?
  4. What role would you like God/The Bible to have in your life/family?
  5. What are you willing to do to make it happen?

 

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Helpful Tips: Reading the Bible

* There are 66 books in the Bible

* The front of your Bible has a table of contents to locate each book of the bible by page number

* Bible verses are broke down into the format of:   Book Chapter:Verse for example
Genesis 1:1

* Most Bibles have a Index-Concordance in the back where you can look up scripture that is about a specific topic or do a word study.

* When you read the Bible and come across a word you may not fully understand, look it up in a Webster dictionary to get the literal meaning. Sometimes using our own understanding of a word can be misleading in the scripture.

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Bible Breakdown

THE OLD TESTAMENT

The Law

Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy

Historical Books

Joshua
Judges
Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
1 Chronicles
2 Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther

Poetic

Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Solomon

Prophets

Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel

Minor Prophets

Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi

The New Testament

Historical/Gospels

Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts

Letters From Apostle Paul to the Church and People

Romans
1 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Philippians
Colossians
1 Thessalonians
2 Thessalonians
1 Timothy
2 Timothy
Titus
Philemon

General Letters

Hebrews
James
1 Peter
2 Peter
1 John
2 John
3 John
Jude

Prophetic Book

Revelation