Survey of the 66 Books that Are Godís
Anchor command. ďObey my
voice, and I will be your God, and you will be my people; and you will walk
in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.Ē Jeremiah
Anchor story. Builders
found the book of the law while repairing the temple. 2 Kings 22;
2 Kings 22; 23:1-25.
Anchor verse. ďOpen my
eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from your law.Ē Psalm 119:18
Learning goal. Grasp
the scope of sacred Scripture.
Growth goal. Appreciate
the depth and breadth of the teaching of Godís word.
Skill goal. Be able
to find topics easily in Scripture.
Outcome goal. Believers
rightly handle the word of truth.
Spirit of God, let
me grasp the different parts of your Word, so I can help your flock apply it
the powerful impact from reading Godís Word, from
the story of finding the book of the law while repairing the temple, 2 Kings
How old was King Josiah when he began to
reign, with the help of godly advisors?
2 Kings 22:1
What kind of character did Josiah have? 22:2
What did Hilkiah, the High Priest, find in
the temple while workers repaired it? 22:8
How did Josiah show his dismay when he
heard the words of the Book of the Law?† 22:11
The land was filled with idols and
wickedness. Having Read the words of the book, Josiah knew that the Lord
would seriously punish the people. What did Josiah do, to bring the people to
What did people do in response to hearing
the word of God? 23:3
What did King Josiah have the people do to
cleanse the land? 23:4-5
What sacred feast did King Josiah restore
in obedience to Godís word? 23:21-22
What was written about King Josiah after
his death, about his reform? 23: 25
During the week. You and your coworkers make sure all believers are
reading their Bibles regularly. If some do not know how to read, then teach
During the upcoming worshipÖ
Tell the story of Josiah, and emphasize the
powerful impact that comes from hearing Godís word. Urge the believers to ask
questions and discuss the answers.
Memorize 2 Timothy 2:15
about correctly using Godís Word.
Thank God for the Bible, and all its
Have the children present what they have
Bible is Godís message in two main parts.
first main part, the Old Testament; has 39 books written in Hebrew and
Aramaic (ancient Syrian, similar to Hebrew). The New Testament has 27 books
written in Greek.
Old Testament prepared the Israelites for Jesusí coming. It taught them basic
spiritual concepts and showed them that they cannot obey Godís holy law by
their own effort.
second main part, the New Testament, records Jesusí life and deeds, and the
deeds of His first followers.
of literature in both the Old and New Testaments
Books of Moses, Genesis to Deuteronomy:
basis of Godís covenants, beginning of the world, history of the ancient
patriarchs and Godís ancient law in
Historical: Stories from the
ancient nation of Israel. 12 books, Joshua to Esther.
Devotional and Instructional: Hebrew
poetry. 5 books: Job to Song of Solomon.
Prophetic: Old Testament
literary prophets. 17 books: Isaiah to Malachi.
Find in Numbers 12:6Ė8 how God spoke to Moses.
Find in Deuteronomy
34:10 how God compared Moses to the other prophets.
Find in John 1:17 how God compared Moses to Jesus. Moses was the greatest Old Testament prophet. The
other writing prophets mainly explained and applied Mosesí laws.
Old Testament books were copied by hand in Hebrew
on scrolls made of animal skin.
Basis of the New Covenant. The
work and teaching of Jesus, 4 books: Matthew,
Mark, Luke and John.
Historical. The apostolic mission and congregations,
1 book: Acts of the Apostles.
Devotional and Instructional. 21 books: Letters
to new congregations and leaders, Romans to Jude.
Prophetic. The Apostle Johnís visions, 1 book:
The New Testament books were copied by hand in Greek
on papyrus paper in the form of books.
biblical Ďcovenantsí have guided Godís dealings with us humans.
a. The Covenant of self-rule by
oneís conscience, made with Adam, from Adam to Abraham, Genesis 1 through 12.
Origin. God told the
first man he would die if he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil. Satan told the lie of false religions: ďYou will not die, but will be
Genesis. 2:16-17 & 3:5
Results. After Adam
disobeyed, people knew good and evil. In every age, throughout both the Old
and New Testaments, we read of how Satan urges humans to reach perfection by their
own effort, so that they will die, be judged and perish.
God has always saved all who trust Him, as Abel who offered an
innocent victim as a blood sacrifice.
After the flood, God decreed human government, telling humans to
punish murderers with death. Genesis 9:6
Find in Genesis 2:16Ė17 what God
said would happen, if Adam should disobey him.
b. The Covenant of promise to those who have faith,
That God made with Abraham goes through the rest of the Bible. Genesis
Origin. Abraham believed
Godís promise and God counted his faith as righteousness, Genesis 12:1Ė3 and
Result. God blesses
people in all nations through Abrahamís descendant, Jesus. All that follows
in the Bible, to its end, is in fulfillment of this promise. Both the Old and
New Testaments are based upon Godís covenant with Abraham. Under both the Old
and New Testaments, God has saved the faithful by His transforming grace.
c. Old Testament rule by law, from Exodus
20 through the rest of the Old Testament.
Origin. God gave the Old
Testament law to the nation of Israel through Moses, on Mount Sinai.
Results. No person except
Jesus ever fully obeyed the Old Testament laws. Sin brought death, not
eternal life. The Law of Moses promised only earthly, temporary rewards. It
teaches people their need to be forgiven.
God miraculously led the Israelite slaves
out of Egypt, thus forming a new nation redeemed by God.
The newly freed nation was wandering in the
desert and needed laws for good government. Exodus 18
The Covenant of the
coming Messiah, made with David. 2 Samuel 7:8Ė17
Origin. God promised King
David that one of his descendants would rule the nations forever with
justice. The word ĎMessiah,í like the word ĎChrist,í means the one who was
anointed; Jesus was anointed with Godís Holy Spirit.
Result. Jesus, the
anointed descendant of David, fulfilled perfectly all the covenants in both
the Old and New Testaments. The Bible mentions Jesus and David more than it
mentions any other persons.
Find in Isaiah 9:6-7 with whose throne God would establish His eternal kingdom. (God revealed this to Isaiah
hundreds of years after David and hundreds of years before Christ).
Find in Matthew 3:16-17 what
Jesusí disciples witnessed that proved that Jesus was a very special person
sent from God.
New Covenant, a perfect, eternal Kingdom, predicted by Jeremiah, made
with all believers, all New Testament books.
Origin. Jesus formally
announced the New Covenant when He instituted the Lordís Supper. Jesus
established it by dying, rising from the dead, ascending to the Father, and
sending the Holy Spirit to live in us.
Results. Everyone who
repents and believes in Christ is Ďborn againí into Godís eternal Kingdom. Believers
become members of Christís universal, mystical Body. They are forgiven
because of Jesusí shed blood. They receive new, holy, eternal life by sharing
in His resurrection.†
Find in Jeremiah 31:31Ė34
how Godís people would someday be guided by a New Covenant.
Find in Jeremiah 36 how God used men and
events to record His Word.
with co-workers additional activities to do during the week
Visit any believers who do not yet read the
Bible daily and pray with their families. Read the Bible with them, and help
them to begin daily, family devotions.
If the Bible is not yet translated into the
language, or people cannot read, then visit them and help them to learn Bible
stories that they can repeat to their families and friends.
with co-workers additional activities for the upcoming worship time
Explain the five covenants, their origins,
results and main ideas, #3 above.
Announce planned activities.
To introduce the Lordís Supper, explain
how, starting with Adam and Eve, through the entire Bible, God demands the
blood of an innocent victim to cover sin. We believers recall this basic
spiritual truth whenever we participate in the body and blood of Christ by
the Lordís Supper, 1 Corinthians 10:16.
Pray in groups of 2 or 3.
Those who teach children should read study
#27 for children.