THE BIBLE THE WORD OF GOD
(BIBLE=Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
One of the greatest adventures I have experienced is getting to know God through His written Word. Gods final word is revealed in the life and teaching of His Son our Lord Jesus the Christ. We are told in Pauls letter to Timothy that You know how, when you were a small child, you were taught the holy Scriptures; and it is these that make you wise to accept God's salvation by trusting in Christ Jesus. The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God's way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone. 2 Tim 3:15-17 TLB. It is my prayer that this outline will help you come to know Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the Author and Finisher of our faith. So pick up a Bible and print out this outline and begin the journey of a lifetime as you get to know Him through His written Word. For those who believe, no proof is necessary; for those who doubt, no proof is possible (Augustine).
God, Himself, became a Man to give mankind a concrete, definite, tangible idea of what kind of person to think of when we think of God. God is like Jesus, Jesus was God Incarnate, in human form.
His appearance on earth is the Central Event of all history (His Story). The Old Testament sets the stage for it and the New Testament describes it.
Jesus suffered, died on the cross, and rose again from the dead to restore our broken fellowship with God. The Bible is His Story. Our faith in Jesus and trust in His Cross and Resurrection, our acceptance or rejection of Him will determine where we will spend Eternity!
Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and obey it. - Jesus (Luke 11:28)
All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting
faults, and giving instruction for right living. So that the man who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped for every good work. Paul the Apostle (2Tim.3:16,17)
Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance
of Christ -
THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOKS THE NEW TESTAMENT BOOKS
17 Historical 4 Gospels
5 Poetical 1 Historical (Acts)
17 Prophetic 21 Epistles
7 Deuterocanonical 1 Apocalyptic (Revelation)
39 Books in the Hebrew Canon 27 Books total.
46 Books in the Septuagint (Includes the Catholic,
Eastern Orthodox, & Anglican Bibles)
HISTORICAL BOOKS (1st Five books called the Law of Moses or Pentateuch)
This cup is the new covenant in my blood -Luke 22:20 ..and this is the covenant I will make with them in those days-
I will no longer remember their sins Hebrews 8:10
1. ROMANS The Nature of Christs Work
2. 1 CORINTHIANS Various Church Disorders
3. 2 CORINTHIANS Pauls Vindication of His Apostleship
4. GALATIANS ..By Grace, Not by Law
5. EPHESIANS ..Unity of the Church
6. PHILIPPIANS ..Love Letter Written from Prison
7. COLOSSIANS ..The Deity of Jesus Christ
8. 1 THESSALONIANS .The Second Coming of the Lord
9. 2 THESSALONIANS The Second Coming of the Lord
10. 1 TIMOTHY .The Care of the Church in Ephesus
11. 2 TIMOTHY .Pauls Last Letter
12. TITUS Church Leaders
13. PHILEMON ..Conversion of a Runaway Slave
14. HEBREWS .Christ, the Mediator of a New Covenant
OLD TESTAMENT TIMELINE
Adam ...4000 B.C.
Noah & the Flood .2400
Jacob . ..1900
Joseph . ..1800
Moses ....... 1400
The Exodus .1400
Ruth . ..1150
Samuel . ...1100
Division of the Kingdom 933
Jehoiachins Captivity .597
Return form Captivity .536
Ezra goes to
the Wall of
§ The Historical Books of the Old Testament, Genesis Esther, are the story of the Rise & Fall of the Hebrew Nation.
§ The Poetical Books of the Old Testament,
Job Song of Solomon, contain the literature of
§ The Prophetic Books of the Old Testament, Isaiah - Malachi, belong to the days of the Fall of the Hebrew Nation.
The Prophets of the Bible may be classified into 2 groups: The Oral Prophets and the Literary Prophets.
The Literary Prophets are the ones whose books bear their names.
The leading Oral Prophets were:
In the Old Testament, Gods representatives consisted of Prophets, Priests and Kings.
Jesus fulfilled all three roles.
The Literary Prophets (800-400 B.C.)
4-Major: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, & Daniel
12-Minor: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk,Zephaniah,Haggai,Zechariah, & Malachi.
The Historical Event that called forth the work of the Prophets was the apostasy of the Ten Tribes at the close of Solomons reign ( 1 Kings 12).
13 Prophets predicted the destruction of the Hebrew Nation
3 Prophets predicted the Restoration of Israel.
The Destruction of the Nation was accomplished in 2 periods:
Northern Kingdom (
· The Southern Kingdom (Judah) fell 606-586 BC to the Babylonians. Prophets during this period were Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Obadiah, Nahum, Habakkuk, & Zephaniah.
The Restoration of the Kingdom occurred 536-444 BC. Prophets to this period were Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi.
the Captives in
1) To try and save the Nation from its idolatry and wickedness.
2) Failing in this, to announce the Nation will be destroyed.
3) But not completely destroyed. A Remnant would be saved.
4) Out of the Remnant will come a Person who will bring all nations to God.
5) That PERSON will be a great Man who will one day arise in the family of David. The Prophets called Him The Branch. The family tree of David, once the most powerful family in the world, cut down, in the days of the Prophets, to rule a Kingdom that was disappearing, the family would have a comeback. Out of the family stock would come a Branch who is
King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
NEW TESTAMENT TIMELINE
Birth of Jesus 4 BC
Preaching of John the Baptist 27 AD
Crucifixion & Resurrection 30
Outpouring of the Holy Spirit 30
Stephen is stoned to death 36
Conversion of Paul
Pauls 1st Missionary Journey 45
Pauls 2nd Missionary Journey 30
31 1 and 2 Thessalonians
Pauls 3rd Missionary Journey 53
57 1 and 2 Corinthians
Pauls Voyage to
Pauls 1st Roman Imprisonment 61-62
Pauls Release from Prison 63
65 Gospel of Mark
The Apostle James Martyred
Paul Taken to
Pauls 2nd Imprisonment & Death 67 2 Timothy
Peters Death, Linus becomes Bishop of
Gospel of Luke & Acts
Anacletus made Bishop of Rome 78
90s Gospel of John
1-3 John, Revelation
Clement is Bishop of Rome 92-101 1 Clement
John the Apostles Death at Ephesus 98
END OF THE APOSTOLIC AGE
THE CHURCH AGE TIMELINE
Council of Rabbis at Jamnia 99-100 Palestinian Canon in Hebrew
100-125 Didache written
1st Christian Canon of the Old Testament 100 Alexandrian Canon in Greek (Septuagint)
125 2 Peter written
Mileto, Bishop of Sardis 170 Produced the first know Christian
attempt at an OT Canon. Maintains the
same order as the Septuagint minus Esther.
Irenaeus, Bishop of
(without 3John, James, or 2 Peter).
200 Muratorian Fragment contained a
Canon similar to
referred to James, Jude, 2Peter, 2&3
John as disputed, yet similar to most
Council of Nicea 325 The Nicean Creed
Pope Damasus 382 Wrote a decree listing the books of
Council of Constantinople 381 Condemned the heresy of the Macedonians
(that the Holy Spirit was not God)
Condemned the heresy of Appolinaris (that
Christ was not really a Man)
Council of Hippo (
Exuperius, Bishop of Toulouse 403 Wrote to Pope Innocent requesting a
list of canonical books. Innocent
Council of Ephesus 431 Decreed that Mary was Theotokus, (Mother
of God), & Christ is True God and True Man.
Council of Constantinople II 553 Addressed the heresy of Nestorianism
Council of Constantinople III 680 Addressed the heresy of Monothelism
Council of Nicea II 787 Condemned Iconoclasts. Images ok.
Council of Constantinople IV 870 Photius condemned in 27 canons.
Greek Orthodox & Roman Catholic Schism 1054
Council of Lateran I 1123 1st Ecumenical Council in the West
Council of Lateran II 1139 Measures against the schism of Anacletis II
Council of Lateran III 1179 Papal elections by 2/3 majority of Cardinals
Council of Lateran IV 1215 Albegensian & Waldensian heresies dealt with
Council of Lyons I 1245 Excommunication of Emperor Frederick II
Council of Lyons II 1274 Reformation of clergy & bishops
Protestant Reformation 1517- Martin Luther nails his 95 theses to the door
Lutheran 1517 of the
Council of Lateran V 1517 Rise of atheistic philosophy
Israel Becomes a Nation Again 1948 Prophesy fulfilled Ezek.34:11-16; Rom.11:25
Reclaims Jerusalem 1967 - Prophecy concerning
2nd Coming of Jesus Christ ???? Matthew 24, 25; 1 Thes.4:13-18; Rev.1:7
Look, He is coming with the clouds! Everyone will see Him, including those who pierced Him. All peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him. Certainly so! Amen. I Am the Alpha and Omega, says the Lord God Almighty, Who is, Who was, and Who is to come. Rev. 1:7,8
Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!