Introduction to the Bible

The Introduction to the Bible Series consists of five episodes designed to present God and the Bible to those who have little or no knowledge about them.

Over the last several decades, church attendance in America has declined dramatically and many churches have deemphasized teaching directly from the Bible. Coupling these with changes in public education content has caused common knowledge of God and the Bible to also decline dramatically.

These episodes are meant to give a basic introduction to the Bible. They show the physical structure of the Bible being 66 writings which are called books. These are separated into two parts: 39 of the books are in the Old Testament and 27 are in the New Testament. The Old Testament tells the history of the ancient Jewish people, and the New Testament tells of the life and teachings of Jesus.

Overall, the Bible is a love story of God and his people. It is the greatest love story ever tolD.

Who is God?

It’s challenging to know the Bible without knowing about God, and its challenging to know about God without knowing the Bible. The specifics of what we know about God originate from the Bible.

God is a living spirit who existed before the beginning of the world.

God chose to create everything that exists out of nothing. These fundamental understandings of God are alluded to in the very first sentence of the Bible, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

God is different from all made-up gods by the fact he actually exists. His existence is not proven by science but is known by way of faith.

God is all-powerful and all-knowing. God is good and is good to all creation. God is love and acts in love toward his creation. His goodness and love set the foundations for who God is.

Since he is a spiritual being, God is a who, not a what. He wants to have close relationships with every person on earth. The Bible tells how people can come into relationship with God.

Primary Scriptures:
Acts 16:11-40
Story Summary:
God is different from all other gods
Circa 50 AD