Explore God: What Is The Bible? (Part 2) – October 20, 2015
Psalm 119:160- All Your words are true; all Your righteous laws are eternal.
My current sermon series is titled, ‘Explore God,’ and Sunday’s sermon asked, “Is The Bible Reliable?” Before I even address the reliability of the Bible, I wanted to remind you what the Bible is. The sixty-six books of the Bible are divided into two testaments and are all telling one grand story of creation, rebellion, redemption, and restoration. The sixty-six books of the Christian Bible are divided into two parts called testaments. A testament is a covenant or promise. A great definition for testament, is found in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “something that serves as a sign or evidence of a specified fact, event, or quality; a testament to my love.” This gives us a clue to the intent of the Bible, which is a testament to the love God has for all people.
The Old Testament, which contains history, writings, poetry and prophets, includes thirty-nine books prior to the birth of Jesus Christ. Twenty-seven books comprise the New Testament, and this includes the Gospels, Acts, Epistles and the end times.
All these facts are good to know, however, the key to whether you are reading the Old or the New Testament is that your life will demonstrate the evidence of God’s love for all people.
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D