This is not a test to give someone else. We're not so much interested in gauging someone else's Bible knowledge as we are trying to encourage Bible learning.
So, this is an exercise for those of us who have preached God's Word for decades and/or taught it in classes, Sunday school or otherwise.
I. Name the books of the New Testament in order. Write them down in a vertical column. That's simple enough, right? Give yourself 10 points for getting it right.
II. Beside the name of each New Testament book, write the number of chapters in each one. (Matthew 28, Mark 16 and so on. See if you can do them all.)
III. This is harder and will take longer. See if you can recall something (anything) about each chapter of the New Testament. (Matthew 1 has Jesus' genealogy and introduces Joseph. Matthew 2 tells of the magi following the star to Jerusalem and so forth.)
Personally, I expect very few of us will ace this. I sure didn't.
IV. Where in Holy Scripture do we find the following: They are found only one time in the Bible. List the book and chapter; it's not necessary to name the verse(s).
a. The Prodigal Son.
b. The raising of Lazarus from the dead.
c. The Sermon on the Mount.
d. "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" (KJV).
e. The story of the Good Samaritan.
f. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
g. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness."
h. "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
i. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth."
j. "I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth."
V. A two-part question of everyone's favorite verse:
a. Where in Scripture do we find "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" (ESV)?
b. And what's going on there? What is the context for that amazing, well-loved promise?
I hope you enjoy this. Don't fret over it, but please use it as an encouragement to work hard and know God's Word.
After all, as Job once said, "I have esteemed the words of Thy mouth more than my necessary food." And that can be found in Job 23:12. (I had to look up the exact verse.)
Joe McKeever is retired from the pastorate but still active in preaching, writing and cartooning for Christian publications. He lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
For the original article, visit joemckeever.com.
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