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BAM - Acts

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New Testament

Book of Acts

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Key Verses

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."

Acts 2:42 & 47 -2:42 They continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer. 2:47The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved.

Summary

The book of Acts records Jesus' ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit to guide the church and believers. The book of Acts is the record of the transition from the age of Israel (Old Testament) to the age of the Church (New Testament). Acts includes the beginning, scattering, adjusting, expansion, and edification of the church. Acts presents the development of the one body of Christ consisting of both believing Jews and Gentiles.

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BAM - John

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New Testament

Book of John

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Key Verses

John 1:11-12 - He came to his own, and those who were his own didn't receive him. But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in his name:

John 20:30-31 - Therefore Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

Summary

John presents the person and work of Jesus Christ so that mankind would believe in Him as the Son of God, the Messiah and Saviour of the world. His argument portrays Jesus as the God-Man. John records miracles and messages that affirm both Jesus' deity and humanity. John builds his record around Jesus' public ministry, private ministry, the cross, and the resurrection.

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BAM - Luke

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Book of Luke

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Key Verses

Luke 1:3-4 - it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write to you in order, most excellent Theophilus; that you might know the certainty concerning the things in which you were instructed.

Luke 19:10 - For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost."

Summary

Luke presents Jesus as the God-Man, a saviour for the entire world, writing primarily to Gentiles. He does this from a broad vantage point that is compatible with the fact that he is a Greek. Luke traces Jesus' incarnation, introduction, public ministry, rejection, subsequent teaching in view of His rejection, the cross, resurrection and ascension. Even though a Gentile, Luke emphasizes the kingdom program, with Israel's place in the kingdom.

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BAM - Mark

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Book of Mark

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Key Verses

Mark 8:34 He called the multitude to himself with his disciples, and said to them, "Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Mark 10:45 - For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Summary

Matthew wrote primarily to Jews who knew the Old Testament. He wrote to present Mark presents Jesus as Servant of the Lord, coming in fulfilment of the Old Testament. Jesus offers His credentials, gathers His disciples, while offering the Kingdom of God and its message. Jesus' teaching is seen in short parables, which hide the truth from those hardened against Him, yet prepares and instructs those responsive to Him. Overall Jesus calls those who follow him to serve others and to deny themselves by taking up their own cross, just as He took up His.

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BAM - Matthew

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Book of Matthew

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Key Verses

Matthew 16:15-16 - He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Matthew 28:18 - Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth."

Summary

Matthew wrote primarily to Jews who knew the Old Testament. He wrote to present Jesus as the Messiah to Israel and to record the Israel's attitude towards Him as Messiah. Matthew gives us the genealogy, presentation, and the authentification of Jesus as the Christ Messiah. Matthew then shows the nation of Israel's opposition to and rejection of Jesus as the Christ followed by Jesus' rejection of Israel due to her unbelief. He then records the death and resurrection of Christ. He concludes with Christ commissioning the disciples.

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BAM - Malachi

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Old Testament

Book of Malachi

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Key Verses

Malachi 3:1 - "Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, behold, he comes!" says Yahweh of Armies

Malachi 4:5-6 - "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of Yahweh comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."

Summary

Haggai preached after the exile in Jerusalem in 520BC. Haggai exhorts them to complete the rebuilding of the temple, which was started 16 years hence. He calls on the builders to have a renewed courage, to life a holy life and to have faith in God who controls the future.

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BAM - Zechariah

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Old Testament

Book of Zechariah

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Key Verses

Zechariah 8:3 - Thus says Yahweh: "I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called ‘The City of Truth;' and the mountain of Yahweh of Armies, ‘The Holy Mountain.'"

Zechariah 9:9 - Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King comes to you! He is righteous, and having salvation; lowly, and riding on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Summary

Haggai preached after the exile in Jerusalem in 520BC. Haggai exhorts them to complete the rebuilding of the temple, which was started 16 years hence. He calls on the builders to have a renewed courage, to life a holy life and to have faith in God who controls the future.

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BAM - Haggai

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Old Testament

Book of Haggai

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Key Verses

Haggai 1:7-8 - This is what Yahweh of Armies says: "Consider your ways. 1:8 Go up to the mountain, bring wood, and build the house. I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified," says Yahweh.

Haggai 2:7-9 - The precious things of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, says Yahweh of Armies. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,' says Yahweh of Armies. ‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,' says Yahweh of Armies; ‘and in this place will I give peace,' says Yahweh of Armies."

Summary

Haggai preached after the exile in Jerusalem in 520BC. Haggai exhorts them to complete the rebuilding of the temple, which was started 16 years hence. He calls on the builders to have a renewed courage, to life a holy life and to have faith in God who controls the future.

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BAM - Zephaniah

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Old Testament

Book of Zephaniah

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Key Verses

Zephaniah 1:14-15 - The great day of Yahweh is near. It is near, and hurries greatly, the voice of the day of Yahweh. The mighty man cries there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, a day of the trumpet and alarm, against the fortified cities, and against the high battlements.

Zephaniah 2:3 - Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the land, who have kept his ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of Yahweh's anger.

Summary

Zephaniah preached to Judah and nations during Josiah's restoration in 630 BC. He preaches constantly that God's judgement will come and all sin will be punished. He concludes that blessing will come with the Messiah who will be a great cause for praise and singing.

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BAM - Habakkuk

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Old Testament

Book of Habakkuk

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Key Verses

Habakkuk 2:4 - Behold, his soul is puffed up. It is not upright in him, but the righteous will live by his faith.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 - For though the fig tree doesn't flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in Yahweh. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! Yahweh, the Lord, is my strength. He makes my feet like deer's feet, and enables me to go in high places.

Summary

Habbakuk preached repentance to Judah n 697BC, but they refused to change. His message was that God's people should live by faith alone. Habakkuk does not always understand God's ways, but concluded by praising God's wisdom.

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BAM - Nahum

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Old Testament

Book of Nahum

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Key Verses

Nahum. 1:7-8 - Yahweh is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knows those who take refuge in him. But with an overflowing flood, he will make a full end of her place, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Nahum 3:5-6 - "Behold, I am against you," says Yahweh of Armies, "and I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness, and the kingdoms your shame. I will throw abominable filth on you, and make you vile, and will set you a spectacle."

Summary

Nahum preached in Judah in 660BC against Ninevah. Ninevah have forgotten about God and how they came to repentance under Jonah. Nahum announces God's judgement upon Ninevah, as they have abandoned God and returned to violence, idolatry and arrogance. Ninevah will be destroyed and never rebuilt!

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BAM - Micah

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Old Testament

Book of Micah

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Key Verses

Micah 6:8 - He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does Yahweh require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 7:18-19 - Who is a God like you, who pardons iniquity, and passes over the disobedience of the remnant of his heritage? He doesn't retain his anger forever, because he delights in loving kindness. He will again have compassion on us. He will tread our iniquities under foot; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Summary

Micah preached to Jerusalem 735 - 710 BC, and delivered a message of judgement on the princes and people of Jerusalem, because of active disobedience, lack of mercy and their unjust treatment of the poor.

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