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1 On to Bible Literacy

2 OVERALL GOAL This lesson series aims to help us become literate in the Bible by motivating us to develop a habit of reading it. This is to be accomplished through a discussion of three ways we can view the Scriptures and how each is relevant to us as Christians.

3 On to Bible Literacy Lesson Outline The Problem of Bible Illiteracy Main Discussion: The Bible: An Epic Story Question and Answer Portion Challenges Note: All Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV, 1989).

4 The Problem of Bible Illiteracy One of the most serious problems facing the Church in the 21st century is the problem of Biblical illiteracy. Simply put, most professing Christians do not possess a sound and coherent understanding of the Bible, beginning with sound doctrine and general Biblical history. Evidence for this sad reality is quite overwhelming. * Henry B. Smith, Jr. Director of Outreach Associates for Biblical Research Do you suppose his comment on Bible illiteracy is accurate? *Biblical Illiteracy; http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2008/09/Biblical-Illiteracy.aspx#Article; 12 March 2013http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2008/09/Biblical-Illiteracy.aspx#Article

5 The Problem of Bible Illiteracy Following are statistics on Bible illiteracy among Americans*: 12 percent of adults believe Joan of Arc was Noahs wife Over 50 percent of a high school graduating class thought Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife 60 percent know less than five of the Ten Commandments 82 percent think God helps those who help themselves is a Bible verse A number of respondents to a poll believed the Sermon on the Mount was preached by Billy Graham Many professing Christians cannot name more than three of Jesus apostles Less than half of all adults can name all the four Gospels *Compiled by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.; The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy: Its Our Problem; http://www.christianity.com/print/1270946/; 12 March 2013http://www.christianity.com/print/1270946/

6 The Problem of Bible Illiteracy Americans revere the Biblebut, by and large, they dont read it. And because they dont read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates. * George Gallup and Jim Castelli Researchers Hopefully, this is not true of the Mactan Zone. As Christians, the Bible should be at home in us: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly (Colossians 3:16a). It is time for us to become Biblically literate, and a good way to start is by learning the three ways we can view the Scriptures. *Quoted by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. in The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy: Its Our Problem; http://www.christianity.com/print/1270946/; 12 March 2013http://www.christianity.com/print/1270946/

7 THE BIBLE An Epic Story

8 The Makings of an Epic Are You Familiar With These? These film franchises are highly successful thanks mostly to the epic stories they tell.

9 The Makings of an Epic What is an Epic Story? Epic: a long poem narrating the deeds of a hero* Every epic story has three essential elements: 1) Set of characters: Consists of a hero (or heroes), a villain (or villains), and a supporting cast 2) Stakes: Extremely high (example, the end of the world) 3) Basic plot: Consists of a dilemma caused by the villain, the heros drastic efforts to resolve the dilemma, and the dilemmas resolution in the end These elements contribute greatly to making epic stories very enjoyable. *Websters Universal Dictionary and Thesaurus; 2002, Geddes & Grosset

10 The Bibles Epic Story Essential Elements of the Bibles Epic Story The Cast of Characters God: The Hero Satan: The villain The Human Race: The supporting cast The Stakes: The eternal destiny of the human race The Basic Plot The dilemma: Because of sin, the human race is doomed to diephysically and spiritually. Gods effort to resolve the dilemma: The cross of Christ The resolution: Through the cross of Christ, the human race is given a chance at salvation and eternal life.

11 The Bibles Epic Story Focusing on the Basic Plot Romans 5:12-19 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned 13 sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. 14 Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.

12 The Bibles Epic Story Focusing on the Basic Plot Romans 5:12-19 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one mans trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. 16 And the free gift is not like the effect of the one mans sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. 17 If, because of the one mans trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

13 The Bibles Epic Story Focusing on the Basic Plot Romans 5:12-19 18 Therefore just as one mans trespass led to condemnation for all, so one mans act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. 19 For just as by the one mans disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one mans obedience the many will be made righteous.

14 The Bibles Epic Story Focusing on the Basic Plot The Gist of Romans 5:12-19 Because of the sin that Adam introduced, the entire human race is doomed to diephysically and spiritually. However, by Gods grace, the human race is given a chance at salvation and eternal life through Jesus. Although Adams sin brought death to all, Jesus sacrifice on the cross brings eternal life to all who receive this gift from God.

15 The Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic StoryThe Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic Story The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts Among the worlds religions, Judaism and Christianity are unique in that their teachings and theology are immersed in history. The Bible is a record of historical eventsthe story of God creating a people to whom and through whom to send the Messiah. * Dr. John M. Oakes President Apologetics Research Society *From Shadow to Reality; Illuminations Publishers International; 2005, JMOakes; page 22

16 The Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic StoryThe Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic Story The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts These 15 books comprise the foundational narratives for the rest of the Bible: When read in sequence, these books tell the Bibles entire epic story from start (when the dilemma began) to finish (when the dilemma is resolved through Jesus sacrifice on the cross). The other 51 books make best sense when read in view of the historical context ofThe Fifteen.

17 The Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic StoryThe Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic Story The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts These 15 books comprise the foundational narratives for the rest of the Bible: Genesis: Sin enters the world and God lays the foundation for its salvation

18 The Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic StoryThe Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic Story The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts These 15 books comprise the foundational narratives for the rest of the Bible: Genesis: Sin enters the world and God lays the foundation for its salvation Exodus to Deuteronomy: God forms the nation of Israel

19 The Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic StoryThe Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic Story The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts These 15 books comprise the foundational narratives for the rest of the Bible: Genesis: Sin enters the world and God lays the foundation for its salvation Exodus to Deuteronomy: God forms the nation of Israel Joshua to Judges: God gives Israel its own land

20 The Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic StoryThe Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic Story The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts These 15 books comprise the foundational narratives for the rest of the Bible: Genesis: Sin enters the world and God lays the foundation for its salvation Exodus to Deuteronomy: God forms the nation of Israel Joshua to Judges: God gives Israel its own land 1 Samuel to 2 Kings: God raises up kings for Israel; because of sin, Israel is scattered among its enemy nations

21 The Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic StoryThe Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic Story The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts These 15 books comprise the foundational narratives for the rest of the Bible: Genesis: Sin enters the world and God lays the foundation for its salvation Exodus to Deuteronomy: God forms the nation of Israel Joshua to Judges: God gives Israel its own land 1 Samuel to 2 Kings: God raises up kings for Israel; because of sin, Israel is scattered among its enemy nations Ezra to Nehemiah: God restores Israel

22 The Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic StoryThe Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic Story The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts These 15 books comprise the foundational narratives for the rest of the Bible: Genesis: Sin enters the world and God lays the foundation for its salvation Exodus to Deuteronomy: God forms the nation of Israel Joshua to Judges: God gives Israel its own land 1 Samuel to 2 Kings: God raises up kings for Israel; because of sin, Israel is scattered among its enemy nations Ezra to Nehemiah: God restores Israel Luke: God, in Jesus, once-and-for-all makes salvation for the world possible

23 The Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic StoryThe Fifteen Foundational Narratives of the Bibles Epic Story The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts These 15 books comprise the foundational narratives for the rest of the Bible: Genesis: Sin enters the world and God lays the foundation for its salvation Exodus to Deuteronomy: God forms the nation of Israel Joshua to Judges: God gives Israel its own land 1 Samuel to 2 Kings: God raises up kings for Israel; because of sin, Israel is scattered among its enemy nations Ezra to Nehemiah: God restores Israel Luke: God, in Jesus, once-and-for-all makes salvation for the world possible Acts: God makes salvation available to the whole world

24 The Fifteen What About the Other Books?The Fifteen What About the Other Books? The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts The Other 51 Books They make best sense when read in view of the historical context of the Bibles epic storyThe Fifteen. They may be considered as......supplementary......complementary......commentary......to the Bibles epic story.

25 The Fifteen What About the Other Books?The Fifteen What About the Other Books? The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts The Other Narratives Ruth (supplementary) 1 Chronicles (complementary) 2 Chronicles (complementary) Esther (supplementary) Matthew (complementary) Mark (complementary) John (supplementary)

26 The Fifteen What About the Other Books?The Fifteen What About the Other Books? The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts The Other Narratives Ruth (supplementary) 1 Chronicles (complementary) 2 Chronicles (complementary) Esther (supplementary) Matthew (complementary) Mark (complementary) John (supplementary)

27 The Fifteen What About the Other Books?The Fifteen What About the Other Books? The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts The Wisdom Books Job (supplementary) Psalms (commentary) Proverbs (commentary) Ecclesiastes (commentary) Song of Songs (commentary)

28 The Fifteen What About the Other Books?The Fifteen What About the Other Books? The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts The Wisdom Books Job (supplementary) Psalms (commentary) Proverbs (commentary) Ecclesiastes (commentary) Song of Songs (commentary)

29 The Fifteen What About the Other Books?The Fifteen What About the Other Books? The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts The Prophets (primarily commentary) Pre-Exile:Exile: IsaiahLamentations JeremiahEzekiel HoseaDaniel Joel AmosPost-Exile: ObadiahHaggai JonahZechariah MicahMalachi Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah

30 The Fifteen What About the Other Books?The Fifteen What About the Other Books? The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts The Prophets (primarily commentary) Pre-Exile:Exile: IsaiahLamentations JeremiahEzekiel HoseaDaniel Joel AmosPost-Exile: ObadiahHaggai JonahZechariah MicahMalachi Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah

31 The Fifteen What About the Other Books?The Fifteen What About the Other Books? The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts The Epistles (commentary) RomansTitus 1 CorinthiansPhilemon 2 CorinthiansHebrews GalatiansJames Ephesians1 Peter Philippians2 Peter Colossians1 John 1 Thessalonians2 John 2 Thessalonians3 John 1 TimothyJude 2 TimothyRevelation

32 The Fifteen What About the Other Books?The Fifteen What About the Other Books? The Fifteen Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges 1 Samuel 2 Samuel 1 Kings 2 Kings Ezra Nehemiah Luke Acts The Epistles (commentary) RomansTitus 1 CorinthiansPhilemon 2 CorinthiansHebrews GalatiansJames Ephesians1 Peter Philippians2 Peter Colossians1 John 1 Thessalonians2 John 2 Thessalonians3 John 1 TimothyJude 2 TimothyRevelation

33 Relevance to Christianity What Does This Mean for Us? 1 Peter 1:10, 12 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry.... 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you... According to Peter, all the prophets who prophesied in Gods Name were actually serving us, the objects of His grace. We are the supporting cast in the Bibles epic story. By Gods efforts, our salvation and eternal life are secure. Ultimately, the Bibles epic story is about His pursuit of us.

34 Questions – and/or – Thoughts and Comments

35 Challenges Consider: If a world-class director were to make a movie and he/she wants you to play a supporting role in it, would you not want to see it when it hits the theaters? Since the Bibles epic story is about Gods pursuit of us (the supporting cast), let us develop a habit of always reading it: Read the Bible from-cover-to-cover this yearand each year thereafter. Before the year ends, take time to read The Fifteen foundational narratives in sequence, and then develop a working knowledge of the essential flow of the story.


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