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Step by Step through the Bible is geared toward heavy Bible Study. The idea is that when you finish the Old Testament, you will have a sufficient knowledge to where if someone told you to turn to the book of Judges, you would know historically what Judges is all about. That is the intent. It is to go through each book in the Old Testament in such a way that you will know about it. Hopefully by the end of the Old Testament, all of you should be able to recite from memory the history of the Old Testament. I know that sounds strange, but you will be able to. Right? You will be able to. We'll go over it several times, but you'll be very comfortable with the Old Testament. Most people who approach the Old Testament find it "historical" or "boring." "It's for the Jews, not for us as Christians." "The New Testament is alive; it's real." And most people who go through the Old Testament, after about 4 or 5 months, want to stay in the Old Testament. It's very exciting. My objective is to show you what's in the Old Testament and to get you excited about what God had to say in the Old Testament.

One of the things that I try to stress is that there is a oneness to God's Word. We'll discover this. Throughout the whole Bible, God says, "I desire a relationship with you. I desire a relationship with you." That's the whole thing we read about. Over and over and over and over.

 

Then we’ll cover the period in between the testaments. It’s very important during this time for me to get to you on who certain people are. When you start reading the New Testament, you read about the Pharisees, the Saducees, the Herodians, the scribes, etc. Who are they and where did they come from? That’s what I’ll cover ‘between the testaments.’

In the New Testament we try to cover all the books in the New Testament. Of course it’s to give you the history of them, when they were written, why they were included in the Bible, etc. We’ll also get into the spiritual truths. What does the Spirit say about the things that we’re reading in the Bible? You’ll see this over and over:

This represents living & thinking in the Spirit and living & thinking in the World. We’ll be looking at things from a spiritual point of view. That’s going to be a tough, tough hill to climb for a lot of people. This is what takes a couple of months. All of us walk in here or walk around with a worldly perspective because that’s all we get. It’s when we start talking about the Spirit that we get into how we are to really look at things. We will be discussing "things" in the "World" but we’ll be looking at them from God’s spiritual perspective. I will challenge you (and this will happen during the class) the Holy Spirit will convict you of something you need to address in your life. That’s the "spiritual" happening. I pray that happens in here. I hope you just become miserable at some point about your actions, attitudes, thoughts, etc. That is God, through the Holy Spirit, telling you something. It’s not me, but God, through the Holy Spirit.

I want to look at two passages from the New Testament to illustrate this. One is in First Corinthians, chapter 2. If you have your Bible, turn to 1st Corinthians 2. We’ll be getting into more detail on 1st Corinthians later on, but I wanted you to see these two verses because they have a lot to do with how I approach the New Testament. There’s a lot of good stuff here, but take a look at verse 9. One of these days, we’re going to spend a full hour on this.

Now, I do this at the beginning of every class to help everyone. I told you to turn to a book and then to a particular chapter. I know that a lot of you know this and you say, "Wait a minute. You don’t need to go through this," but I do. If you’re not used to turning to "books" in the Bible, you can use your Table of Contents. I will give everybody enough time to turn there because I want you to read it. In the Table of Contents, it lists all the books of the Bible. In the "New Testament" section, you’ll see 1st Corinthians and it will tell what page to turn to in your Bible. Turn to that page. When you get there, you’ll see "Chapter 1." I said to go to Chapter 2, so you’d turn a page or two and find "Chapter 2." Each chapter is broken out into not quite sentences, but numbered verses. If I say, "1st Corinthians 2:9," that’s the book of "First Corinthians," the second chapter, and the ninth verse. Usually the verses are little, bitty, superscript numbers. In my Bible, they are hard to see.

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