Recently, I began teaching a Bible class for higher function adults who are mentally challenged.  I am currently teaching them the books of the New Testament.  Most of us who have been in church for years know more about the Bible than we imagine.  This week, our class learned about half of the books in the New Testament.  Here are come cues to help you learn the New Testament books in the Bible.

First, there are the four gospels.  They are

  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • John

After the resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven and the church was built by the

  • Acts of the Apostles

Then we have recorded, the letters from Paul.  They are divided into two segments–letters to cities and letters to young pastors and friends.  The first three Pauline letters are easy because they are longer in length and many people teach and preach from them.  They are:

  • Romans
  • I Corinthians
  • II Corinthians

After this there are four books that almost no one remembers.  However, there is an easy acronym that will help remember.  It is General Electric Power Company.

  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Philippians
  • Colossians

We already know that Revelations is the last book of the New Testament.  We have now learned 13 of the 27 books.  There are only 14 left.  Dividing Paul’s letters will again make things easier.  First, there two more letters written to cities.

  • I Thessalonians
  • II Thessalonians

Now there are four letters written to his friends.  Again, it’s easy to remember because the first two are written to his adopted son:

  • I Timothy
  • II Timothy
  • Titus
  • Philemon

Philemon is the only one that may be difficult to remember.  However, since it is the only one that will be difficult, you will simply need to remember it.  The next letter is disputed as to who wrote the letter.  Many believe it is Paul.  Therefore, it makes it easier to remember.  The book is

  • Hebrews

The other letters are written by well-known apostles.  James, Peter and John and Jude.  The main thing is to remember the order of these books.  I recall them backwards.  John wrote the three letters and Revelation.  Jude is stuck in between the two John letters because there are some disputes about the true author of the epistles (another word for letters).  Here are the final books in order:

  • James
  • I Peter
  • II Peter
  • I John
  • II John
  • III John
  • Jude
  • Revelation
That’s all 27.  Teaching yourself is simple.  Adding a small set each week, you can also teach your Bible class the books of the New Testament.
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