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It always amazes me how many Christians I meet who don’t know what the Bible teaches. The Bible is the manual for the Christian life and is the revelation of God Himself, who we must love more than anything in order to be saved in the end. Matthew 10:37 Do we read the instructions for a new electronic device, which will wear out in three years or less and need replaced? How much more crucial it is to read and understand the information that will determine our eternal salvation or damnation and that of those we love.

It is dangerous to simply believe everything you hear from another person, even a preacher. We are all imperfect humans and make mistakes. God tells us to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”. Philippians 2:12 We alone are accountable to God for what we believe and how we live. We need to know what He has told us, so we can obey Him and will know when we are hearing lies.

Many people think the Bible is difficult to understand, so they don't try. Actually, it was written on a 6th grade level. Sure there are topics that are open to differing opinions, but the majority is easily understood, especially when you ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you as you study. The Rabbis of old said that scripture has 70 layers of meanings, so after we learn the obvious meaning of a passage, there is still a wealth of knowledge to be gained from further study, with His help.

I am going to "demystify" how to study the Bible in a few short, easy lessons in the hopes of encouraging you to explore the riches it holds for you. Look in the label cloud under "Christianity 101" for lessons you have missed and God bless your efforts! I'm always available to you in e-mail and I pray for everyone who visits here.

CHRISTIANITY 101 - Using Your Bible Lesson 1

Bible Structure & How To Read A Scripture Location

The Bible is divided up first into the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament is found at the beginning of the Bible. Then it is divided into books written by over 40 different authors; 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. It is further divided into chapters and verses. These divisions were created by man to aid study. The Bible was written over a period of about 1,600 years, yet it is unified in spirit, outlook and inspiration.

The location of a scripture is written in this fashion:
John 3:16.
John is the book of the Bible. Three is the chapter within the book of John. Sixteen is the number of the verse within chapter 3 of the book of John.

If we want to indicate a passage of more than one verse we write:
John 3:16,17
if it is two consecutive verses; or
John 3:16-21
to indicate we are referring to verses 16 through 21.

(This lesson contains a quote from http://www.biblesociety.ca)


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