Word Scramble: Introduction to Biblical Literature

Based on material on Hebrews through 3 John in chapters 29 and 30 of Discovering the Bible by Alex Varughese

Challenge: Can you unscramble these words and match them to the descriptions below even if you do not have the book?

_____________________________A brief New Testament book that addresses a situation of apostasy and then concludes with a beautiful doxology
_____________________________A designation for those New Testament letters which were written for an audience larger than just one particular church or person
_____________________________A New Testament writing authored by the brother of Jesus in which an emphasis on good deeds is seen as an important part of the Christian life; true faith is seen as being manifested in works
_____________________________A way in which the Bible (including 2 Peter) refers to the Second Coming of Christ
_____________________________The author of two New Testament letters, both of which include warnings about heresies and heretical teachers. The first of those letters calls on believers to live a holy life because the God who has called them is a holy God. As is the case with 2 Timothy, this writer's second letter appears to be his farewell speech before his death.
_____________________________The book of the Bible in which faith is defined and in which Jesus is presented as a heavenly High Priest who is the Mediator of the new covenant; Christianity is shown to be superior to the ancient traditions of Judaism
_____________________________The chapter in Hebrews which contains several examples of faith (the "Faith Hall of Fame") from the Old Testament scriptures
_____________________________The falling away from one's former beliefs
_____________________________This is what Hebrews says that Jesus Christ is as well as describing Him as the High Priest who presides over it

    -- Howard Culbertson,


Both the Book of Hebrews and the three letters of John offer valuable lessons, but if I were to distill one major lesson from each, it might be:

From Hebrews: The supremacy and sufficiency of Christ. Throughout Hebrews, the author emphasizes that Jesus Christ is superior to all things, including the prophets, angels, and even Moses himself. The letter underscores the central role of Christ as the ultimate mediator between God and humanity, emphasizing the importance of faith in Him for salvation. This teaches us the crucial lesson of placing our trust entirely in Christ, recognizing His unparalleled role in our redemption and salvation.

From the three letters of John: The importance of love and fellowship within the Christian community. In these letters, John repeatedly emphasizes the significance of love for one another as evidence of true discipleship. He encourages believers to love one another fervently and warns against hatred, division, and false teachings. Additionally, John stresses the importance of fellowship among believers, emphasizing the need for mutual support, encouragement, and accountability within the Christian community. This teaches us the vital lesson of cultivating genuine love and fellowship within the body of Christ, which strengthens and sustains our faith journey.

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