Bitesize Learning is all the rage in the UK, mainly for teenagers studying for their exams. A topic is presented in small chunks, with bullet points and easy to remember sentences. This seems to be a good way to study, so I’m going to do a series on Bitesize Bible Study. The subject matter will be fairly easy going – if you want more in-depth study on the Bible take a look at The Bible Study and see what you can find.
What is the Bible?
- A collection of 66 books
- Written by many different people over a period of about 1200 years
- All books reflect the same message – God’s plan for the world through Jesus Christ
Where does the action take place?
- Initial action takes place in the Middle East, from Iran and Iraq, over to Israel, and down to Egypt
- Jesus lived in the land of Israel
- Paul the apostle spread the gospel throughout the Mediterranean region, as far as Italy
- Jerusalem is God’s chosen capital city
How is the Bible divided and why?
- The Old Testament is 39 books, and represents the time period from c.2000 BC up to 400 BC
- The Old Testament focuses on the people of Israel and their history, and the law of Moses
- Many Old Testament people receive promises from God about Jesus coming in the future
- The New Testament is 27 books, and covers the time period from 0 AD up to around c.90 AD
- The New Testament focuses on the work of Jesus, and the spread of the early Christian church
- Jesus often referred back to the Old Testament – he thought it was very important!
What’s in the Bible for us?
- In the Old Testament man fell away from God by sinning
- God promised to send his son Jesus Christ, so that we all have a way to be reunited with God
- In the New Testament God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins
- God has promised us eternal life in His kingdom, as his gift, if we believe in Him and Jesus, and ask for forgiveness of our sins
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God and it tells us how to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him
Next time: – Bitesize Book of Genesis