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The Bible

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The Bible 1. i) Explain why the Bible is important to Christians The Bible is made up of two sections - the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament consists of 39 books and the New Testament has 27 books. The word 'testament' means promise or special agreement. Christians and Jews believe that God has made a special agreement with mankind. In the Old Testament God promises to guide the Jews and reveal his laws to them. In the New Testament Christians believe that God has shown his love for the world by sending them his only son Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is very important to Jews and Christians. New Testament writers often referred to pieces of scripture taken from the Old Testament to show to people that all the many things that happened in the Old Testament occurred to prepare the world for the coming of Jesus. Four of the five history books in the New Testament are the Gospels. The first 3 Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) are called the Synoptic Gospels as they use a resembling style and common material. ...read more.

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The Bible teaches us how to live and contains many rules for life, such as the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. The teachings that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount can be found in Matthew 5-7. The Bible is a guide to worship, belief, practices and values. It carries God's authority in matters of belief and behaviour. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 St. Paul says that "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for...giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed." (Good News Bible). 1. ii) Explain how the Bible is used in corporate and private worship Private worship Many Christians read the Bible as part of their personal devotions, and some may read a passage of scripture on a daily basis. They may also use Bible study notes produced by Christian organisations to help them gain a better understanding of the Bible. These study notes can guide Christians through the readings and give them a clarified explanation. ...read more.

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A lectionary is used, which is a set of readings allocating particular passages to each Sunday of the year. This ensures that everyone has a wide selection of readings. In the sermon the priest will talk about one of the Bible passages read out in the service. He or she will develop the meaning of the Bible and try to apply it to modern living. Non-conformist/pulpit centred churches (Methodist, United Reformed, and Baptist). In these churches the Bible is sometimes brought into the church and placed onto a table on the pulpit to signify the start of the service. The Bible is used as a call to worship. A Bible is usually used as the closing prayer to end a service, and it is common for a passage to be read as an introduction to Communion. The pulpit in these churches is the place where the Bible is read from and where the sermon is preached. We can see how important the Bible is to the worshippers because the pulpit is situated in the most noticeable place in the church. The Bible reading will depend on the theme of the service, especially the sermon. ...read more.

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