Once we understand that Jesus is the truth (John 14:6), and we have properly prepared ourselves to receive the truth by emptying ourselves of man-originated doctrines (1 Timothy 1:3-4) and disowning ourselves (Matthew 16:24), then we are ready to receive truth.
As part of our spiritual reboot, we first wanted to understand how to use the Bible to rebuild our faith. A review of the books of the Bible reveals that it can be divided into four major sections:
Section 1 - Genesis to Malachi which contain the Hebrew history, experience and understanding of God;
Section 2 - Matthew to John - which contain the accounts of Jesus’ life and teachings
Section 3 - Acts to Jude - which contain the acts of the apostles and disciples and their understanding of Jesus and his teachings
Section 4 - Revelation - which contains a great and complex prophecy
We made up a little analogy: The Bible is like a well-stocked banquet. The Hebrew writings are the appetizer, Jesus’ teachings are the meat, the writings of the disciples are the vegetables, and Revelation is dessert. For our purposes, Section 2 is where we began – the meat of the Bible. Since Jesus is “the truth,” it seems appropriate to begin here.