During 2019, each month we will dedicate ourselves to a Book or portion of a Book in the bible. Through reading, teaching, discussion, videos, and study we will move through each piece of scripture to not only read it but understand it.
We will work through 6 old testament books and 5 new testament books including 2 gospels. By the end of the year it's our hope that we will have a stronger grasp of the unified story the bible presents and how it all points to Jesus.
The Book of Romans is a four-part explanation of the Gospel message written by Paul to the Church in Rome. Since Adam, humans chose to live sinful and selfish lives.
In the Book of Romans, Paul writes a letter to the Roman Church. It details the Gospel and describes how sinful humanity can be justified.
All humanity was trapped in sin. Obeying the law of Torah could not rescue them, but Jesus' death and resurrection created a multiethnic covenant family.
Every human since Adam chose sin and selfishness, but Jesus offered His life so everyone can be justified by faith and enter the new Jesus-like humanity.
Israelites in the past and present rejected God, but He uses that rejection to graft Gentiles into His covenant family and grow His multiethnic Church.
The new humanity of multiethnic Jews and gentiles who follow Jesus is unified as they love and forgive each other and learn to respect differences.
Translated as 'origin' from the Greek word, the Book of Genesis tells us how everything began from humanity's history to the world we know today. One could call this the 'problem statement' for humanity, one the rest of the Bible will be answering.
It reveals a dramatic prologue of God's love for us, the tragedies of sin and the human race, and God initiating a brilliant plan to win us back from the clutches of darkness. He does this by passing down a covenant blessing through Abraham and his family, including Isaac, Jacob, and other individuals, in order to bless all the families of the earth.
These descendants will become the foundation for the Nation of Israel and Jesus the Messiah who will bring salvation for all of humanity.
The Book of Genesis starts when God creates the heavens, earth, and all life. He creates humans in His own Image, then rests. Everything He made is good.
God puts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, depicting a perfect environment and relationship with God, and blesses them to rule the earth and create like He does.
God gives humans the ability to choose. A serpent tempts them to disobey God and sin contaminates humanity and creation. God prophesies redemption for humans.
Humans populate and become exceptionally corrupt. Heartbroken, God floods the whole earth. Noah builds an ark and is spared. God reinstates His covenant with Noah.
People repopulate, create Babylon, and desire a great tower to make themselves famous. God scatters and confuses them with different languages before it is built.
God tells Abraham to go to Canaan and promises him numerous descendants. Abraham overcomes his doubts, believes God, and miraculously has a son with Sarah.
A foreshadowing of future mercy and judgment, God saves Abraham's nephew Lot from the destruction of wicked Sodom and Gomorrah after Abraham intercedes.
Still sojourning in Canaan, Abraham's blessing continues through Isaac and God gives him Rebekah as his wife. Isaac has twin sons - Jacob and Esau.
Jacob steals Esau's birthright and runs for his life. Jacob's uncle Laban cheats him and his jealous wives compete, but all find forgiveness in the end.
Joseph is hated by his brothers who sell him into slavery in Egypt, but God uses the situation to save them from famine. God turning evil on its head is the Book of Genesis' overall theme.
Throughout the Gospel of John, we see that Jesus is God and the reality toward which all of Israel's history points.
Jesus is the Word and with the Word, meaning He is God's tabernacle in our midst, the one true God of Israel in human form.
JJesus performs signs and miracles that show He is God, introduce others to new life and demonstrate God's love but draws criticism from many leaders.
Jesus raises Lazarus. Then he demonstrates His love for others when He rides into Jerusalem as Israel's king even though leaders conspire to murder Him.
Before His death, Jesus demonstrates God's true nature of selfless love and asks the disciples to perform radical acts of service as they love others selflessly.
Jesus commissions His disciples to tell others that He is the Messiah and God's Son. Their success will be greatest when they listen and obey.
John calls followers of Jesus to share in God's own life and love by devoting themselves to loving one another.
“if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us” (1 John 4:12).
About 1 John
Written by John the Elder to house church believers, 1 John echos the gospel of John. The letter emphasizes that God is light and love and every true believer is called to demonstrate God's light and love.
John combats false teaching with absolutes: truth and lies, light and darkness, love and hate, sin and righteousness, Christ and antichrist. He shows the church how to tell if they are children of God and how to tell if a teacher is trying to deceive them.
This is a letter written from a wise and loving father to a troubled church. John writes to older men (“fathers”), young men, and children, but he addresses all of them as his “little children”—a term of endearment that a loving father would use for his child.
Theme verse in 1 John
This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. (1 Jn 3:23)
1 John addresses deceivers who no longer acknowledge Jesus as Messiah or God's Son and stir up hostility among faithful believers..
God is light and Jesus is the express image of the Father. To participate with God, believers must keep God's commandment to love him and to love one another instead of loving the things of the world.
What's love got to do with it? According to John, everything! Believers will gain victory over the world when to openly receive God's love and sacrificially love others.
Leaders who deny Jesus and his finished work on the cross should be unwelcome by the church. John’s first epistle teaches that while it is important to recognize the lines between truth and error, it must always be done in a spirit of love.
The book of Nehemiah could be read as a sequel to the book of Ezra, and some scholars believe the two were originally one work. However, most scholars believe the book was written by the prophet Nehemiah. The book documents the fulfillment of God’s promise to the Israelites.
Fulfilling Jeremiah's prophecy, Persian King Cyrus allows the exiled Jews to return home. Zerubbabel, Nehemiah, and later Ezra travel to Jerusalem. Rebuilding Israel begins.
Despite local opposition, Zerubbabel and the Jews successfully rebuild the Altar and God's Temple. They officially celebrate the Passover the first time in 70 years.
Truth is revealed to the new Jewish generation as Ezra and Nehemiah teach them the Torah. Ezra and Nehemiah reform their community to practice holiness.
Persian King Artaxerxes allowed Nehemiah to return Jerusalem and rebuild the walls. Nehemiah trusts in God, the construction is completed, dedicated, and the Jews corporately praise God.
After hearing the Torah, the Jewish people realize the sins they committed and immediately address them. They repent, swearing an oath to follow God's laws.
This book is the accumulation of wisdom from generations of godly insightful people. It promotes a life of virtue and “fear of the Lord,” so that you can truly experience the good life.
Linked to Solomon and other wise men, the book of Proverbs includes hundreds of short, clever sayings designed to teach every person how to live and act wisely. Each saying touches on a common area of life and shows us what kind of world we live in and what it looks like to live well before God and toward others.
The wisdom in Proverbs is often described as a lady, but it's not an impersonal force. It's an attribute of God Himself. By fearing or respecting God and reading and obeying the wise, practical counsel found in this book, we develop the important skills and moral mindset we need to live successful, good and goodly lives in God's world.
The book of Proverbs contains sayings and riddles featuring wisdom, applied knowledge that helps every person develop practical skills to live well in God's world.
The journey to wisdom begins with fear of the Lord, a reverential and healthy respect of Him. Only then can we embrace a moral mindset.
Ten speeches from a father and four poems from lady wisdom show us that Proverbs is God's own invitation to learn wisdom from previous generations.
Read hundreds of sayings that apply wisdom and fear of the Lord to every subject imaginable. They offer formulas for success but are not promises.
A woman of noble character models someone who takes God's wisdom found in Proverbs and translates it into practical decisions for success in everyday life.
The book of Proverbs invites people to live with wisdom and in the fear of the Lord in order to experience the good life.