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Facts and Brief introduction to the books of the Bible. Post a comment with your thoughts, questions, or favorite passages.

Scripture Alone

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October 31st is not only All Hallows Eve, it is Reformation Day. On this day, we remember, we should remember, that 497 years ago, a bold priest named Martin Luther challenged the erroneous teaching and practices of the church and stood up to defend the Word of God. Last week, I mentioned the Five Solas, […]

Revelation

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The Book Of Revelation is the final book of the Bible. Revelation is full of dramatic imagery. There are incredible descriptions of Heavenly creatures, frightening images of a dragon, of curses, and of wrath being poured out. Interpretation of the events in this book has occupied Christian thought and discussion for centuries, resulting in different […]

Jude

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The Epistle of Jude is the shortest book in the Bible, but it’s possible it wasn’t intended to be. Jude initially wanted to write about salvation, but instead, he felt a powerful urge to write on the false teachers who infested the church. Jude does not detail these teachers’ beliefs, but instead describes their behaviors: […]

2 & 3 John

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John’s second and third epistles address two sides of the issue of Christian hospitality. Early Christian teachers who traveled the Roman empire to spread the word of God often relied on fellow Christians for food and lodging. 2 John addresses the false teachers who took advantage of this hospitality. John urges the use of discretion […]

2 Peter

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While 1 Peter was written to encourage the young church in the face of growing persecution from the outside, the Book of 2 Peter addresses issues arising within the church itself. False teachers were entering into the church and teaching ideas that were contrary to the Word of God. There were strict legalists, those who […]

1 Peter

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The Book of 1 Peter was written by the Apostle Peter during a time when the Roman government had started to repeal its tolerance for Christianity. The Romans resented several Christian teachings, and Emperor Nero used Christians as scapegoats for the empire’s problems. Peter, who had suffered much punishment for his beliefs himself , wrote […]

James

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Several of Paul’s epistles criticized those who relied on Old Testament legalism over faith in Christ. But many who read or heard that message took it to another extreme, believing that justification by grace alone excused subsequent immorality. James wrote to the Jews who fell under that extreme. Unlike Paul’s urbane, verbose letters, James was […]

Hebrews

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The unknown author of the Book of Hebrews wrote to the entire Jewish community, including those who had converted to Christianity and those who, for one reason or another, had not. At the time of the book’s writing, anti-Christian sentiment was high, and many in the Jewish community were hesitant to convert. Judaism had roots […]

Titus

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Like Paul’s two letters to Timothy, his letter to Titus is a pastoral epistle, meaning it was written to the individual pastor of a church rather than the church as a whole. Titus was leading a church in Crete, whose congregation was comprised of diverse groups in strife with each other. There were the native […]

2 Timothy

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Paul’s second letter to Timothy was written while he was on death row. The letter essentially functions as Paul’s last will and testament. Paul was concerned for the young, divided churches that would be left without his guidance in a time of great anti-Christian sentiment in the Roman empire. He knew that Timothy was a […]