In the Systematic Theology book I showed you earlier, Wayne Grudem wrote that “the Canon of Scripture is the list of the books that belong in the Bible.” This statement is a reliable summary of what every generation of the Church has believed for the last 2,000 years.
Believing in the doctrine of the Canon of Scripture is an invitation into a community of people who are members of every generation from the last 2,000 years around the world. I am writing this because I am one of them, and I want to invite you to join us.
So here is a list of books that you must become familiar with if you want to become one of us.
The Old Testament Writings:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
The New Testament Writings:
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude and the Revelation.
In Ephesians, chapter 4 verse 11 the Bible says God has given teachers to the Church, and I am one of them. As a teacher in the Church I want to help you become familiar with how to read the books of the Canon of Scripture correctly.
If you want to apply the doctrine of the Canon of Scripture to people’s lives, then I would recommend you read the names of the books once a day, every day until you can recite all of them from memory.
After you are able to do that, then we can begin to learn some guidelines on how to read each one of the books contained in the Bible.
(to be continued…)