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01. Discipleship principles
 
3. UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE

The Bible is made up of 66 Books written over a period of about 1,500 years by over 40 authors from all walks of life using three different languages. Yet, it fits together into one cohesive story with an appropriate beginning, a logical ending, a central character, and a consistent theme. This could not have been orchestrated by any of the individual authors.

The Old Testament
The Old Testament is made up of 39 books including historical accounts, narrative, laws, prophecies and wisdom writings. The writings of Moses form the first five books and begin with an account of creation. They proceed to explain how God sovereignly chose Abraham to be the Father of a chosen nation the Jewish people. There are many accounts of the ups and downs, successes and failures of the Jewish nation in terms of their obedience and disobedience to God. Through it all we learn that a Messiah is to come as a descendant of Abraham, through the line of David and the tribe of Judah and that he would introduce a new covenant. Not only would it bring salvation to all people (Jew and Gentile) but it would also be far better than the impossible burden of living according to all the 613 laws stipulated in the Mosaic covenant.

The New Testament
The 27 books of the New Testament begin with the four Gospels. Four different authors describe the life and deeds of Jesus (or Yeshua in Hebrew) giving us four perspectives on the same events. We learn that he fulfilled all the prophetic introductions of the expected Messiah such as being born in Bethlehem, living in Nazareth, being crucified and rising again on the third day. However not all the Jews could accept that he was the Christ. This was because they also wanted a political saviour who would liberate them from the Government of the day and establish them as a chosen nation. Instead Jesus was humble, rode on a donkey and submitted himself to execution. The Jews that rejected him did not understand that Jesus was to come twice, firstly as the suffering servant (Isaiah 53) and that he would come again as King of Kings to judge the living and the dead at the end of the age.

The New Testament also contains a number of letters written by the early apostles to different churches as they encountered the challenges and problems of trying to live in this New Covenant.

Finally the book of Revelation gives us a visionary insights into the end of the age which will include increased persecution, the rise of an evil antichrist and unholy trinity (including Satan), their destruction, and finally the establishment of the eternal Kingdom of the Lord.

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