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Sunday, November 13, 2016

10 Most Popular Books of the Bible

10 Most Popular Books of the Bible
Bible Gateway statistics reveal these ten most popular (most read) Bible books on their site. 

1. Psalms- Beautiful poetry, praise and thanksgiving ... confusion, sorrow, and anger ... all taken to the Father for comfort and guidance.

2. Matthew - the Gospel emphasizing Christ as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. 

3. John - the Gospel emphasizing Christ's deity, signs, and wonders. 

4. Romans - a theology book woven into a letter to God's people.

5. Proverbs- wise sayings and instructions for godly living.(1) 

6. Genesis- the death of mankind's innocence and the birth of God's plan of redemption. 

7. Luke - the longest Gospel emphasizing God's love and care for all people. 

8. 1 Corinthians - addressing church problems and giving us God's beautiful definition of love. 

9. Isaiah - proclaiming dual fulfillment prophecies (fulfilled both in Isaiah's time and in the life of Christ). 

10. Acts-  Luke's second letter to Theophilus, convincing him of the Gospel message. 

Are any of these your favorite books to read? 

(1) not all are promises (Proverbs Aren't Promises)
Resource: Popular Books Infographic 
Note - This Bible Gateway statistic is based on how often the book is read. Because books vary in size, this isn't altogether a scientific way to discover the most favorite books of the Bible. But the study does reflect a special interest in these 10 books.

Bible Study  

This study is a bit different. I am including a key verse from each of these 10 most popular Bible books. Read through each one, ponder it's significance in your life, and add your favorite verse from each book.

Psalm 23:1: The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  

See "The Comfort of Psalm 23"

Matthew 28:18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  

See "Not Just the Easy Parts"

John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  

See "God-Breathed

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  

See "5 Keys to Trusting God Wholeheartedly"

Genesis 50:20: You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 

This was Joseph's response to his brothers' crimes against him. Their cruelty changed the course of Joseph's life and changed the course of history as Joseph applied God's wisdom to famine-relief.

See "Genesis 50:20 Eyesight"

Luke 15:20: So [the prodigal son] got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Eighteen of Christ's parables are found only in Luke, including the good Samaritan, the lost sheep, and the prodigal son. 

See "Waiting Eagerly"

1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 

See "Poor Reflection"

Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

See "The Big Picture"

Acts 4:12: There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.  

See "Every Path Does Not Lead to God"
copyright 2016, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com

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