Survey of the 66 Books that Are Godís Word
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 7:23
Anchor story. Builders found the book of the law while repairing the
temple. 2 Kings 22; 23:1-25;
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
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 wisely.
Observe the powerful impact from reading Godís Word, from the story of finding the book of the law while
repairing the temple, 2 Kings 22; 23:1-25.
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
What did King Josiah have the people do to cleanse the
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
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
Thank God for the Bible, and all its valuable teaching.
Have the children present what they have prepared.
The Bible is Godís message in two main parts.
The 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.
The 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.
The second main part, the New Testament, records Jesusí
life and deeds, and the deeds of His first followers.
Types of literature in both the Old and New Testaments
Books of Moses, Genesis to Deuteronomy:
The 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
Find in Numbers 12:6Ė8 how God spoke to
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.
Five biblical Ďcovenantsí have guided Godís dealings with
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 like GodĒ
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.
always saved all who trust Him, as Abel who
offered an innocent victim as a blood sacrifice.
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.
The Covenant of promise to those who have faith, That God made with
Abraham goes through the rest of the Bible. Genesis 12
Origin. Abraham believed Godís promise and God counted his
faith as righteousness, Genesis 12:1Ė3 and 15:1Ė6.
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.
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 Ė 20.
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
The New Covenant, a perfect, eternal
Kingdom, predicted by Jeremiah, made with all believers, all New
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
Plan with co-workers additional activities to do during
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.
Plan 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