Vol 1: What Is a Testament?

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SUNDAY SCHOOL LADY

Now the Old Testament books are divided into four sections… The Torah or Pentateuch – that means “five books” … The Historical Books… The Prophets… and The Writings or wisdom literature. We’ll get into all that later.

The New Testament also has four sections… The Gospels, which tell the story of Jesus… The Acts of the Apostles which talks about the early days of the church and Paul’s missionary trips… The Letters or Epistles – that’s a fancy word that means, um, “Letters”… and the Revelation to John, the really wild book at the back that talks about THE END OF THE WORLD!!

Any questions?

MICHAEL

I’ve got a question! Why are they called “testa-mints?” Do they give you fresh breath? Because I licked one and it didn’t work.

SUNDAY SCHOOL LADY

Um, no, they don’t call them “testa-mints,” they call them “testa- MENTS.” Can you clue us in, Pastor Paul?

PASTOR PAUL

The word “testament” comes from the Latin word “testamentum,” meaning “oath” or “covenant.” A covenant and an oath are promises. So the word testament means “promise.”

SUNDAY SCHOOL LADY

Thanks, Pastor Paul.

So the Bible is split up into two sections – one section is called “The Old Promise,” and the second section is called “The New Promise.” You know what a promise is, don’t ya? It’s when you make a commitment – when you say you’re going to do something, no matter what!

IAN

So who’s making these big promises in the Bible – and what are they promising?

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