“Have you ever been in a Christian fellowship gathering where the preacher, at the middle of his on-fire preaching, then asks of you to read a passage from the Bible to which you have no idea where to locate in your Bible? Then this material is specially for you. I once was placed in that situation when I was a new Christian with a “just currently-bought Bible” back then. And to tell you honestly, it was a very embarrassing moment because it took me two minutes to find it in the middle of his preaching. But above all the embarrassing moment, I want to encourage you to learn this so that you may be seasoned with Scriptures as God calls us to be.”
Colossians 3:16a [Emphasis mine]
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”
The purpose of Bible Navigation is to teach the reader how to easily navigate the whole book of the Bible by using the table of contents. A new reader will easily misunderstand that the books of the Bible are arranged in a chronological order. And this is why the author shared this material: So that those who have a growing desire to know more about the Lord Jesus Christ through the Word may be enlightened as to what the book of contents of the Bible is really telling us. The author’s prayer is that this will not remain as a knowledge for the readers to gain but also for the hearts of the readers to be burdened to share this information to those whom they see willing to learn.
The Bible is one grandiose story that is composed of two divisions called the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is composed of sixty-six books and has forty-plus authors. Old Testament having thirty nine books and New Testament having twenty seven books. One can easily memorize the numbers by simply knowing the number of books the Old Testament has.
3 x 9 = 27 (NT books)
39 + 27 = 66 (OT + NT)
*Get a pen and Bible and proceed to the book of contents. Place a bracket from Book A to Book E and write down the pointer of the bracket “Title A”
The format should look like this:
Book A- Book E : Title A
Write down the “Title” in your Bible according to the list below:
Genesis – Deuteronomy : Torah (The Law)
Joshua – Esther : History of Israel
Job – Song of Solomon : Poetry & Wisdom
Isaiah – Daniel : Major Prophets
Hosea – Malachi : Minor Prophets
Matthew – John : Gospels
Acts : History of the early church
Romans – Philemon : Paulian Epistles
Hebrews – Jude : General Epistles
Revelation : The Glory of the coming Jesus Christ!
Once you’re done, you can now enjoy navigating through God’s Word easier. With these in mind, you will be more effective in knowing how to use the Scriptures. This material will also make it easier for you to memorize all the books of the Bible (Note: Not the Bible rather the book of contents). And now you know all these, let me challenge you to take a step up in knowing God’s Word:
- Memorize the book of contents.
- Make your own reading plan.
- Create your own cross-references.
- If you haven’t finished the Bible yet, finish it but never stop studying it.
- Most importantly: share this knowledge to others.
To enlighten you, this isn’t the only Bible navigation available to us. Personally, I mixed mine with another group’s Bible navigation/categorization (The Bible Project’s) into my book of contents as well. I encourage that you also find other good and reliable resources other than this as I would love to also learn together with you. I hope that someday your Bible’s book of contents will look better than this:
It is amazing to see that even the book of contents has been used by God as a way to make it easier for us to understand and memorize His Word. May this knowledge bless you and your reading of His Word.
Prayer: Father, I pray that whoever reads this material will not just make this knowledge reach to their heads. May it reach to their hearts and to those whom You called them to minister as well and may all of them apply it and share it so that the world may know the richness of Your Word that truly satisfies and I also pray that they may have the desire to be more rooted in love with You, may they take this knowledge as a treasure to carry in their hearts. We do not worship the Word but we exalt it for it all points to Your Son, Our Savior, Lord, and Shepherd, Jesus Christ the King! In His name we pray. Amen.
Special thanks to:
1. The Triune God who has inspired me to keep teaching and sharing the Word.
2. Bible Study Fellowship for the seminar about Bible Navigation.
3. The Bible Project for being a blessing to share how to study God’s Word.