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The Bible

Preface

     This Bible Study is designed with the intent of introducing the student to God. It has been written because of a deep burden for those who have never experienced the indescribable pleasure of knowing Him. The term "Knowing God", as used here, refers to a very close relationship with Him, based on intense selfless love, in which we converse regularly throughout each day about even the most minute details of mutual interest and concern. In the material that follows I will share with you overwhelming evidence that God desires to reveal Himself to us so that we may know Him to that extent.

Personally, life's experiences have brought about a longing to know God that continues to grow. I can identify with David when he wrote in the Psalms, "O God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, ....".

It is unfortunate, but true, that many Christians do not really know God. Does my statement shock you? I can almost hear the reply, "How can a person be a Christian and not know God?" The answer is simple. In the sense of spiritual union, all Christians know him. But in the close intimate relationship experienced by two individuals who deeply love each other, sad to say, many Christians have never experienced that. Their relationship with God is similar to a wife that is still married but has been separated from her husband for years. The only time she makes contact with him is when she needs something.

You see, salvation is based on our faith in God and what He has done to save us. We might learn about Him, see evidence of the validity of what we learn, and, as a result, commit our life to Him. Thus, we become spiritually reborn, we become Christians. However, though we know about God and have faith in Him for salvation, as I said, it is still possible that we do not know Him as He intended that we should. Thus, many are missing life's greatest experience, that of a close personal relationship with the creator of the universe, Jesus, the living Christ! What a loss! What a travesty!

My purpose is twofold:

1. I want every student to grasp the depth of relationship that God desires to have with them.

2. I want them to experience the unimaginable pleasure of knowing Him as their very best friend.

It is absolutely amazing that the holy God of the universe desires that we know and love him to this degree. The thought of it is overwhelming and brings to mind these lines from an old gospel song;

"Friendship with Jesus, fellowship divine, Oh, what blessed, sweet communion, Jesus is a friend of mine."

 

Overview

     The word, "Bible" in it's ORIGINAL Greek is biblion or, ‘book’. I would prefer to refer to it as "Thee Book" because it is the most significant book ever written in human history.

     Further note that the Bible is divided into two primary sections; The Old Testament and the New testament. Webster states a Testament is "A solemn authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his will as to the disposal of his estate and effects after his death. This is otherwise called a will."  So, we must ask whose will are these Testaments.

     When you begin reading the Old Testament, you read, "In the beginning God.... As you continue it becomes obvious that it is the will of Jehovah God.

     In the New Testament, you read, "The Book of the generation of Jesus Christ". And, all through the New Testament you read the will of God presented to us in the life and teaching of His Son Jesus the Christ (Jewish Messiah). In Chapter 1 of Hebrews, we read, "God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers by the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son." What He spoke was written down by faithful Jewish scribes and the truth of the scriptures was attested to by many witnesses.

     Further, the Bible claims to virtually be "God breathed". II Timothy 3:16, 17 says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness that the man of God may be adequate, fully equipped for every good work." The word "inspired" (theopneustos) in the original Greek language literally means "God-breathed". When the Bible claims to be inspired, we understand therefore, that it came from the mouth of God. It is God-breathed, inspired.

     It is plain to see that, assuming one believes the above about the Bible that they should have the deepest respect for it and desire to thoroughly know it's content and apply it to their lives.

     Below are some key scripture verses. It is imperative that you memorize them so that you can say them flawlessly. They have been chosen for memorization because of their central ness to the overall teaching of God's Will. There will be additions to this list as time goes on so begin immediately to learn as many as quickly as you can. DO NOT ONLY MEMORIZE THEM!  RATHER, THOROUGHLY ANALYZE THEM SO THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THEIR MEANING COMPLETELY!

     In addition to scripture memory, you need to memorize the Books of the Bible! That is so you can readily find various scriptures in your study and, or, when people ask you concerning them.
 

Below Is the Memory List!

Please note: All scripture memory will be done in the King James or Authorized Version. I have made this choice for the following reason:

Suppose we had our Bibles taken from us. It has been done before in various parts of the World. Would it not be better from the standpoint of accuracy and continuity to have all the scripture that we can bring to recall in one translation? And, since the King James version has always been recognized as the Authorized Translation, I felt it the better choice.

Further, the scripture texts below have been located and copied from the wonderful Bible Search Tool found here:

http://bible.crosswalk.com/

 
2 Peter 1:21 

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
 

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 

Acts 16:31 

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
 

Romans 12:1,2

12:1    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

12:2    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
    

Ephesians 2:8,9

2:8    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

2:9    Not of works, lest any man should boast.
 

James 4:8

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
 

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 

II Timothy 3:16,17

3:16     All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

3:17    That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
 

Psalms 119:9,11

119:9   Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
 

Joshua 1:8

1:8   This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

 

The listings below are extremely important passages of scripture!
They are taken from the KJV Bible found Here:

http://www.hti.umich.edu/k/kjv/browse.html

 

Psalms 1

[1] Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

[2] But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

[3] And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

[4] The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

[5] Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

[6] For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
 

Luke 2:1-20

[1] And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

[2] (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

[3] And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

[4] And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

[5] To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

[6] And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

[7] And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

[8] And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

[9] And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

[10] And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

[11] For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

[12] And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

[13] And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

[14] Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

[15] And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

[16] And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

[17] And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

[18] And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

[19] But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

[20] And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
 

Mathew 1:18-23

[18] Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

[19] Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

[20] But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

[21] And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

[22] Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

[23] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

[24] Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

[25] And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Mathew 2:1-23

[1] Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

[2] Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

[3] When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

[4] And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

[5] And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

[6] And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

[7] Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

[8] And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

[9] When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

[10] When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

[11] And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

[12] And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

[13] And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

[14] When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

[15] And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

[16] Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

[17] Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

[18] In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

[19] But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

[20] Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

[21] And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

[22] But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

[23] And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Exodus 20: 3-17  This passage is commonly known as "The Ten Commandments"

[3] Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

[4] Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

[5] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

[6] And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

[7] Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

[8] Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

[9] Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

[10] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

[11] For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

[12] Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

[13] Thou shalt not kill.

[14] Thou shalt not commit adultery.

[15] Thou shalt not steal.

[16] Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

[17] Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
 

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