Last year after our annual AWANA Banquet I wrote about how impressive it was that even our youngest students learned enough of the Bible to be able to present the gospel to someone who is lost. And since we had another banquet last week there was something new that stood out to me.
Usually students will chose to recite a verse or two, but this year many chose to recite all 66 books of the Bible in order. As I stood there watching them I could not help but wonder how many adults cannot pronounce Haggai, how many don’t know where Zephaniah is, or how many think that Noah is a book of the Bible. And yet students of all ages were able to flawlessly recite all 66 in order with proper pronunciation.
Now don’t get me wrong; there is nothing spiritual about getting that last k in Habakkuk, and salvation does not come as a result of remembering if Micah or Malachi round out the Old Testament. But being able to quote passages is only one step in telling someone about Christ. If we cannot look those passages up and show them, then they can easily assume we are making verses up.
This is just food for thought, but if your Bible didn’t have a table of contents, could you find John 3:16? To know the books of the Bible in order shows a love for the content of its pages. We should desire to know it cover to cover—from Genesis to Jude.
I need to go find an AWANA student and see if that is right.