We believe in the authority and sufficiency of holy bible consisting of the sixty-six books of the old and new testament.39 books of Old Testament and 27 books of new testament. Almost 40 writers. As originally written that it was verbally and plenary inspired and is the product of Spirit -controlled men and therefore is infallible and inerrant in all manners of which it speaks. We believe the bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct creed and opinion shall be tried. II Tim.3:16-17 and II Peter 1:19-21 II Peter 1: 21 For prophecy never come by the will of man. But holy men of God spoke as they were move by HOLY SPIRIT. II Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine. For reproof, For correction for instruction in righteousness.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE BIBLE
I. THE OLD TESTAMENT (39 BOOKS ) A. The Pentateuch 5 books-the first five books of the Old Testament were written around 1400 B.C. by Moses. They are often referred to as the five books of Moses or Pentateuch. 1. Genesis- the book of beginnings: creation, man sin redemption God nation. 2. Exodus- God delivers his people from Egypt. 3. Leviticus- Priestly laws on holiness and worship through sacrifice and purification. 4. Numbers- Gods people continually disobey and wander in the wilderness for forty years. 5. Deuteronomy- Moses great discourses to prepare the people to enter the Promised Land.
B. Historical (12 books)- the historical books were written around 1400-450 B.C. and described God s dealings with His chosen people, Israel, the Hebrew nation. JOSHUA JUDGES RUTH 1&2 SAMUEL 1&2 KINGS 1&2 CHRONICLES EZRA NEHEMIAH ESTHER
C. Poetic (5 books)-the following five books are poetic, describing in poetry and song God`s greatness and his dealings with men. 1. JOB- The suffering and loyal trust of a man who loved God. 2. PSALMS-Songs of praise and Instruction. 3. PROVERBS-Gods practical Wisdom for daily life. 4. ECCLESIASTES – The emptiness of an earthly life without God. 5. SONG OF SOLOMON- A portrait Of God’s love.
D. Major Prophets 5 books- A prophets is one who is commissioned by God to deliver His message to men. These books are called MAJOR PROPHETS because they are generally longer than the writings of the minor prophets, they were written from approximately 750 to 550 B. C. 1. ISAIAH 2. JEREMIAH 3. LAMENTATIONS 4.EZEKIEL 5.DANIEL
E. Minor Prophets(12 books)- the last twelve books of old testament were written from app.840 B.C. to 400 B.C. HOSEA JOEL AMOS OBADIAH JONAH MICAH NAHUM HABAKKUK ZEPHANIAH HAGGAI ZECHARIAH MALACHI
II. THE NEW TESTAMENT (27)- The New testament, or New Covenant, reveals Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of men. In it we find the life of Christ, the way of salvation, the beginning of Christianity, and instruction for Christian living and Gods plan for future. A. Historical (5 books) 1.The Gospels A. MATTHEW-the life of Christ, written especially for the Jews revealing
Jesus Christ as their long-awaited Messiah. B. MARK- The life of Christ. Revealing Jesus as the obedient Servant of God. the book was written to the Roman world. C. LUKE- The life of Christ, revealing Jesus as the perfect man, emphasizing His humanity. It was written by Luke ,a Greek, to the Greek world. D. JOHN- The life of Christ, revealing Jesus as the Son of God. stressing his deity. This book was written to all men.
2. History of the Early Church ACTS- The beginning and spread of the Christian church. It could be called the acts of the HOLY SPIRIT, and written as an evangelistic tool.
B. LETTERS OF EPISTLES 21 BOOKS-These books were written to individuals, to churches, or believers in general. The letters deal with every aspect of Christian faith and responsibility. 1. Paul`s Letters 13 books ROMANS, 1&2 CORINTHIANS
GALATIANS EPHESIANS PHILIPPIANS COLOSSIANS 1&2 THESSALONIANS 1&2 TIMOTHY TITUS PHILEMON
2. GENERAL LETTER(8 BOOKS) JAMES 1&2 PETER 1&2 JOHN 3 JOHN JUDE
C. PROPHECY (1 BOOK)- The last book of the New Testament tells of future events: ¤ RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST ¤ REIGN OF JESUS CHRIST ¤ GLORY OF JESUS CHRIST ¤ FUTURE STATE OF BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS
The books is called -REVELATIONS