The Bible is a collection of books, 66 in number, based on modern groupings. Within the pages of these books, one reads the historical, theological and poetic accounts of the Lord work with His people throughout history up to the remarkable prophecies and warnings of the Revelation. About two thirds of the Bible relates the the ups and downs of God's chosen people, the descendants of Abraham. Then after a gap of around 400 years, books were circulated and accepted concerning the life and continuing work of Jesus Christ. Each of these books, both Old and New Testaments, were divinely inspired by God.

The sections, called "Testaments," are a record of God's working by agreement with His people to save and preserve them in a world of evil. The Old Testament relates the "covenants" with Adam, Noah, Abraham (repeated to his son and grandson) and with David, the King. Each build upon the Lord promise to give his special people a land of their own. The plan to reach the world with his message of mercy on mankind continues in the New Testament which relates the events of Jesus Christ on Earth and the early history of the Christian church and missionary outreach.

The Bible is ultimately authored by God who, through various methods, has assigned and inspired human authors to contribute writings to the Bible. Though some parts of the Bible can be obscure, there are enough which either encourage or command obedience to the will of God. When a believer comes to the Word of God, he is assured in the Bible that he is not alone, for he is a child of God.


The Bible contains 66 books, 1,189 chapters and 31,102 verses. There are 39 books, 929 chapters and 23,145 verses in the Old Testament. There are 27 books, 260 chapters and 23,145 verses in the New Testament.