I hope you have your Sword nearby! We are going to begin some Sword training today. A must for every believer!
Nothing in the Christian life is as important a tool as the Word of God! It wouldn’t hurt any of us to learn/review some basics! So today we are going to get right to work, starting from the ground up! Go get your Bible!! Let’s pray! Father, we need You to guide us as we study your Word. My the Holy Spirit quicken our minds and hearts as we learn for our growth and Your glory! In Jesus’ name, AMEN! OK! Here we go!
The Bible is divided into 2 sections: Old Testament & New Testament – 66 Books in all
The Old Testament – 39 Books
Everything that God spoke to His people before the time of Jesus! You can easily learn the 39 books if you think of them like this: Five, Twelve, Five, Five, Twelve
Five Books of Moses, or the Torah
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Twelve Books of History
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1st & 2nd Samuel, 1st & 2nd Kings, 1st & 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Five Books of Poetry
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes
Five Books of Major Prophets*
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekial, Daniel
Twelve Books of Minor Prophets*
Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zecheraiah, Malachi
Note that the books of the prophets are called major and minor, not because of the importance of what they wrote, but because of the length of their writings. Also note that both Jeremiah and Lamentations were written by the prophet Jeremiah.
The New Testament – 27 Books
What God spoke to His people concerning the coming of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church.
Four, One, Twentyone, One
The Four Gospels
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
The Acts of the Apostles (usually referred to the Book of Acts)
Romans, 1st & 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1st & 2nd Thessalonians, 1st & 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1st & 2nd Peter, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd John, Jude
The Revelation of St. John (usually referred to as Revelation)
The first 13 letters were written to the churches by the Apostle Paul, The writer to the Hebrews is not named. James, Peter, John, and Jude wrote the letters bearing their names. And the Apostle John wrote the Revelation.
Now, take your Bible, and hold it between both palms so you can see the page edges. If you split the pages into two equal halves and let it fall open, you will most likely find yourself in the book of Psalms. (maybe Proverbs or Isaiah) This might help for our next exercise….which is: find the books sword drill!
Here we go! Find Psalms! Now find Luke! How fast can you find 1st Samuel? Now the Book of Hebrews! How about 1st OR 2nd Kings? Exodus! Jude! The Revelation! Turn left and find Deuteronomy!
Sword drill can also be done using specific passages with chapter & verse. Do it with your kids or grand kids! Or with a buddy! It will help you to learn your way around the Word in short order!
You can buy little tabs that fasten to the edges of the pages of each book, too. It you think they help you, go for it. Check youtube.com for memory songs for the books of the Bible. They are catchy songs for kids! Don’t roll your eyes! The kids’ songs are designed to help learn and they work for adults, too. Jesus said we should become like little children…so close your door, turn down the sound & surf!
I can’t tell you how important it is to become familiar with your Bible. It is the instrument of warfare that we use to defeat the enemy! It builds our faith. It instructs us in living. It convicts us of sin, and keeps us on the right path. It comforts, directs, cleanses, helps, teaches truth. Read it everyday! At least a little.
Find a Bible app or subscribe to a devotional. Here are two great, reliable sites that will help you to find reading plans and devotionals on various themes.
I will be adding links and helps on my resource page for great Bible study aids and helps, so check back from time to time to get suggestions. Always, always, always pray before you dive in to the scripures! As we said previously, the Words on the page are inspired…God Breathed, Alive! He wants to plant them in your heart!
Lets pray! We come to You, Living Word of God, as we make a fresh start in Your Word. Quicken our minds, help us to focus, so that we can receive the Bread of Life each and every day as we sit down to dine with You! Let the word dwell in us richly, form our characters, and cleanse us from all our waywardness. In Jesus name,
Now that we have decided to follow Jesus, here is a sweet song and the story behind it.