Exploring the Bible

FINDING A PASSAGE IN THE BIBLE

Example: How to find John 3:16

  1. Identify the book that contains the required verse. In our example the book we’re looking for is John
  2. If possible, determine whether the book is in the Old Testament or New Testament. Some clues to help:
    1. The New Testament discusses the life and ministry of Jesus as well as the spreading of Jesus’ message through the efforts of His followers. If the topic is related to Jesus, there’s a good chance the New Testament is where you want to be.
    2. Many of the books that make up the Old Testament are named using words and names that are not as common as they once were. How many kids named Malachi or Obadiah did you have in your class last year? If you’re staring at a Bible book name and you have no ideas how to pronounce it, the Old Testament is a good place to start!
  3. Using the Table of Contents at the beginning of your Bible, find the book name and turn to the page the book begins on. John is the forth book in the New Testament and in my Bible it begins of page 793.
  4. Identify the chapter and find that chapter within the book, searching for the large, bold numbers. In our example the chapter we’re looking for is chapter 3.
  5. Identify the required verse within the chapter, looking at the small numbers. Starting at the beginning of chapter 3, scan through the chapter until you see a little, tiny 16. That 16 indicates the verse number.

PRACTICE VERSES

Use the verses below to practice finding scripture in your Bible. If you have any difficulty, repeat steps 1-5 above or reach out to me through the contact page.

1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Timothy 4:12; Deuteronomy 31:6; Ephesians 4:29 Jeremiah 29:11

IDEAS FOR EXPLORING THE BIBLE ON YOUR OWN!

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