period of nearly 1,000 years. By reading the history of Israel over such a long period, wecan learn about God and how He related to His chosen people, the Israelites. From thehistory books, we see that He is loving and merciful, but also holy and just.
The next five books are poetry written by a variety of authors, some known andsome unknown. Proverbs and Psalms are the most famous books out of this group.Proverbs contains wisdom for everyday life, and Psalms helps us understand what a personal relationship with God looks like.
There are many prophetic books in the Bible that are collections of prophesiesfrom Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, etc. All these prophesies were delivered in the period just before the capture of Jerusalem by the Persians, during the 70-year exile, or after the return of the Jews to Jerusalem.These prophesies are like letters from God directly to His people. Christians believe many of these prophesies also apply to all believers in a general sense.
How we got the Bible
The Old Testament
The Old Testament Christians use is the same as the Hebrew Bible, but arrangedslightly different. The latest book to be added to the Old Testament was roughly 400years before Jesus’ time, and Jesus read the same Old Testament books we have today.
The New Testament
The New Testament was written by the disciples and first-hand witnesses to thethings that occurred during Jesus’ ministry and the roughly 20 years following Jesus’death and resurrection. The early church recognized the 27 books of the New Testamentas representing the teaching of the apostles, and we believe the Holy Spirit guided theearly church in preserving these books.
Attitudes toward the Bible
What are the attitudes we should have toward the Bible?
Inspired by God
At New Hope International Church, we believe the Bible is God’s word and thatmen wrote it inspired by the Holy Spirit. There are no major factual or doctrinalinconsistencies in the Bible.
2 Peter 1:20-21
Above all, you must understand that no prophesy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophesy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Equipment for Christian life
We believe the Bible is useful for every aspect of the Christian life.