Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bible Challenge 12/22 - 12/28

Greetings All!

This week we finish reading the books of II John; III John; Jude and read almost all of Revelation!

Here is a bit of background information to help in your reading:

II John and III John - The second letter is a private one written to "an elect lady" and much speculation exists as to this person's identity. The final letter is another private one addressed to Gaius to commend a party of Christians who had gone on a mission to preach the Gospel, to encourage him and to warn him of a group of other believers who are not cooperating.

Jude - This book is often attributed to one of Jesus' brothers. This 25 verse letter was composed as an encyclical letter - not directed at any one church but rather intended to be circulated and read in all churches. Addressed to Christians in general it warns about the doctrine of certain errant teachers. Many examples of evildoers and warnings about their fates are given in some of the most strongly worded language in the New Testament. The letter concludes with a doxology (short hymn of praise) that is one of the highest in quality in the Bible.

Revelation - Also attributed to John the disciple and probably written during John's exile at Patmos, this book is the piece of apocalyptic literature in the New Testament, a genre that relies heavily on visions and symbolism (like Daniel in the Old Testament).

Here is the schedule:

22, Sunday: I John 3 - II John

23, Monday: III John; Jude; Revelation 1

24, Tuesday: Revelation 3-6

25, Wednesday: No Reading; Merry Christmas!

26, Thursday: Revelation 7-10

27, Friday: Revelation11-14

28, Saturday: Revelation 15-18

May God add his richest blessings, to the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of his holy word. Amen. 

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