Learn the Bible in 26 sessions

 September 24. Arrangement and Beginning.

The Bible books are arranged in 6 categories, like bookshelves.
On a Bible “table of contents,” draw a line after the last book of each section. The last book on shelf 1 is Esther, on shelf 2, Song of Solomon, on shelf 4 Acts, and onshelf 5: Jude

The words testament and covenant are two English ways to translate one original word, which means “agreement”.  The Old Testament covenant was that sin is to be forgiven through the sacrifice of an animal, and is explained in the Old Testament. The new covenant is that sins are forgiven once and for all by the sacrifice of Jesus, and this is explained in the in the new testament).  The two covenants are compared in Hebrews 9:15. You may look this up in a printed Bible, or you may type Hebrews 9:15 into the search box at this online Bible: Go to Bible

The purpose of our Bible study is in John 20:31.

The Bible’s first sentence shows that all of space/time started with God.
What are some neat things you know about what God has created?
These responses were typed by class members: “You can do things without thinking about it! We are made so complex.The human body has more than 300 bones.”

It is amazing that each measurement in creation is exactly right   —
See video about the “physical constants.”

These other verses talk about creation:
This verse from shelf 4 shows that Jesus was there: John 1:1-2
This verse from shelf 5 shows nothing came before it: Hebrews 11:3
This verse praises God for making it: Revelation 4:1-11.  Song

Session 2: October 1. Creation and our life today.

People will make different decisions based on whether they think life happened by chance or whether life is a gift of God. What would each kind of person say about these questions:

I sometimes feel like my life has no value.
I wonder whether we should kill babies before they are born.

I decide to harm my body, that is my business; I’m not hurting anyone else.
It doesn’t matter if we pollute the world or not.

Look at the details of the first five Bible books

Genesis is about beginnings, including:
Beginning of people: research meaning of “image of God.”
Go to Bible
He made us able to think for ourselves, gives us unique qualities, he gave us emotions, He gave us our own qualities to do what we want, He made us all different.
When mankind sinned (disobeyed God), the image of God in us was Brokem, but Colossians 3:10 says God is restoring us to His image.

October 8.   More “Beginnings” from Genesis

Beginning of sin:
Genesis 3:1-8 shows Satan’s methods for tempting us; “did God really say” and “What God said is not true.”. Go to Bible

Common temptations of today, written by class members: popularity, junk food, electronics, drugs, alcohol, binge eating, good grades prevented by laziness

Genesis 4:3-7 shows our challenge is to conquer temptation.
Luke 4:1-4 shows how Jesus fights satan: by using Bible verses. view youtube
1 Peter 5:8-9 warns us that Satan actively tempts us.
James 4:7 is our promise that we can combat Satan.
Revelation 20:10 shows the future of Satan

Genesis 3:15 is the first promise of a savior
Genesis 3:17-19 tells why life is hard
Ecclesiastes 12:7 tells more about death

Genesis 2:24 is the beginning of marriage.
and see what Jesus says: Matthew 19:4-6.

Meanings of more Bible books: Joshua took over from Moses; Judges were temporary leaders; Ruth is a girl who lived at that time; Samuel poured oil on David; The people had kings for 400 years; Chronicles means “news” and repeats the stories of the kings.

October 15.  More about Genesis: the Covenant

Construct Bible time-line on sheet divided into creases for 500 year periods. 2000 BC Abraham, 1000 BC David, 1 AD Paul. At far left, write the people before Abraham: Adam and Eve, Cain, Abel and Seth, and  Noah.  Put Moses between 2000 and 1000, and at 500 BC write the people new for today: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther. This completes the books of history.

Meanings of Bible books: Ezra and Nehemiah were Jewish leaders who lead the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem after the people were allowed to return after living for 70 years in Babylon. Esther was a queen of Persia, which was the next empire after the Babylonians.

Genesis 17:1-8 shows the parts of the covenant. God will be our God. Go to Bible

Jeremiah 31:31-34 tells about the new covenant — God will still be our God.

Matthew 26:28 shows that Jesus gave us the new covenant.

Hebrews 9:22 explains that forgiveness requires a sacrifice of blood.

Genesis 15:6 shows that Abraham was accepted by faith

In Galatians 3:7-14, paul says we are accepted that same as Abraham.

Meanings of Bible books: Ezra and Nehemiah were Jewish leaders who lead the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem after the people were allowed to return after living for 70 years in Babylon. Esther was a queen of Persia, which was the next empire after the Babylonians.

October 22  More in Genesis: Abraham and Isaac, and the Book of Job

Abraham being willing to sacrifice Isaac is in Genesis 22:1-13.  Go to Bible
Think about the feelings of each person in the video.

Student comments about feelings:
Abraham: probably felt hopeless and lost, He most likely was hurt that God wanted him to kill his son.
Isaac:  He probably felt fear and trust in his father.
Sarah: probably felt overwhelmed with feelings and questioning God about how much he loved Isaac.

The life of Abraham shows that:

Love shows itself in action (not just words)
Just like Abraham gave his son, God gave his son
just like God gave a ram as a substitute for Isaac, Jesus is a substitute for us.
Abraham started the people of God (People of Israel, Jews)
Abraham started the covenant — and we are part of it.
Abraham believed God and was counted righteous (not guilty); same for us

God showed love in action by sacrificing His son. 1 John 4:10.

About the book of Job:
Job lived about the same time as Abraham.

His faith is shown in Job 1:18-22 and Job19:25-27.
(make game card for 19:25)

More for Time Line

To time line, add Job, and writers of final  New Testament books John, Jude, James, Peter. Refer to Revelation 1:1, Matthew 13:55.

October 29  Finishing Genesis

Trace the Bible story on the map of the Middle east.

Add names to timeline: Isaac, Jacob and Esau, 12 sons including Joseph.

Bible verse for today: Genesis 50:20          Go to Bible

Show video of Genesis. (watch the 2nd video, Genesis 12-50)

Martin Luther video.  (scroll down to find Luther -Why, then watch the power-point “Standing for Truth”)

November 5 Moses and The escape from Egypt

Remember how each story helps us understand Jesus:
Joseph: God turns evil into good, also for Jesus
Isaac: God shows love by sacrifice, and provides a substitute
Abraham: God gave him Old Covenant, Jesus gives us New

To timeline, add Moses-Aaron-Miriam
Next to Genesis bracket, add bracket for the rest of the Pentateuch.

Highlights of Moses’ life
The burning bush. video. Exodus 3:14. Go to Bible God’s name Yahweh (Jehovah)
The passover. Exodus 12:21-17. Compare to Jesus: 1 Cor 5:7
crossing the red sea. Redeem, redemption. Song of Miriam Exodus 15 sing
the ten commandments. Exodus 20. Jesus makes them stricter. Matt 5:21-22

November 12  Stories in the Wilderness.

More on purpose of Bible: the sins of the people of Israel while wandering in the wilderness for 40 years were written down so that we could learn not to follow their example, according to 1 Cor 10:5-11.    Go to Bible


  1. manna Exodus 16:14-15.  Jesus compared it to himself when He said “I am the bread of life.” John 6:30-35

2. Leviticus 16:15-17.  The word Atonement translates the Hebrew word about sins being forgiven when blood was poured on the cover of the Ark of the Covenant (the box in the temple that had the ten commandments in it). The English word “atonement” means “becoming at-one with God,” that is, in a good relationship with God. The English word Redeem means “buying a slave.” The Israelites were redeemed from slavery in Egypt. Jesus redeemed us from being slaves to sin, and that is why we call him our “Redeemer.”
See Ark of the Covenant at Google images
Blood brings forgiveness: Hebrews 9:22. Use this verse for today’s card

November 19    Joshua and Judges

1.Add to timeline: Joshua, Gideon, Samson.

2. Read about the Most Holy Place in Hebrews 10:19-21. Go to Bible

3. the snake on the pole. Numbers 21:5-9. Compare Jesus:  John 3:14-15

4. the prophecy of a greater prophet. Deuteronomy 18:15.
Fulfilled in Jesus: John 6:14, John 5:46.
Compare Moses and Jesus: grace and truth. John 1:17

5. New card for today: Joshua 1:9

December 3. King David

Show the changing boundaries of the promised land.  Add Saul and David to timeline.

Video of David being anointed (start at 6:42)

The word for anointed is Messiah. 1 Samuel 16:13

December 10. Promise of Messiah

Today’s verse 1 Samuel 16:7    Go to Bible

God promises that the eternal king will come from David’s family in 2 Samuel 7:12  Go to Bible

This came true in Luke 1:67-75

Psalms teach us about Praise
Praise God for what He IS and for what He DOES.

Psalm 2 is fulfilled by Jesus
The rod of iron is in Revelation 19:11-16

Today’s verse: Psalm 119:11

December 17. Solomon and Kings

Create shapes on Timeline. Add Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Kings, Chronicles, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia.

Today’s verse is Isaiah 7:14

January 7  Kings and Prophets

Read Handout comparing names.
Today’s Bible verse was Jeremiah 31:31

February 11    Prophets and Story-line

Read Hebrews chapter 11 to get a reminder of the Old Testament content.

Read Hebrews 12:7 to 11, to get a reminder that the way God’s treated His Old Testament people is the same way He still treats us. Here are insights about God’s treatment from students:
God is kind a forgiving. God can push us through what other people do to us, but can make it turn out for our good. No matter what we have done wrong, God never stops loving us, and never gives up on us.

Verse to add to card-game: Micah 5:1-5
“The Lord says, Bethlehem, out of you I will bring a ruler … and he will bring peace.”

February 18. From Old to New

See the one-sentence description of each prophet.

See the youtube of the empires.

During the 400 years after the Old Testament:
Greek became the language for crossing cultures
Read Acts 21:37-40   Go to Bible

The Jews were free for 100 years (Hasmoneans)
The books written then are called the Apocrypha.
(they are in the Catholic Bible)
Then the Romans took over.

Jews met every Saturday in the synagogue.  Acts 13:14-15.  Our worship follows their pattern:
singing, readings, sermon, prayers, blessing.

People were watching for the coming Messiah. John 4:25-26

February 25. People in the Gospels

The Jews divided into many different groups:
Acts 23:6-8 Go to Bible
Luke 10:31-33
Luke 22:66
Matthew 10:4
Mark 14:45
Mark 3:6
John 18:3
Acts 23:23

About the Gospel writers:
2 were disciples
Mark got information from Peter
Luke wrote Luke and Acts
John has stories not in the other 3

All have cross and resurrection
Birth told in Matthew and Luke










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