Test your Bible IQ
Where can we find the following Bible verse: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
a. John 3:16
b. 1 John 3:16
c. John 16:3
d. 1 John 3:3
Which image for God is NOT found in the Bible?
b. Mother Bird
Although Samuel had warned the Israelites about the dangers of having a king rule over them, the people eventually rejected the rule of the judges and demanded a king. Who was Israel’s first king?
How many books written by the Minor Prophets are found in the Old Testament?
Which is the correct biblical order of the last four Minor Prophets?”
a. Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
b. Haggai, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi
c. Malachi, Haggai, Zechariah, Zephaniah
d. Malachi, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Haggai
Which book of the Bible never mentions the name of God?
How many chapters are found in Proverbs?
Which title for Jesus only appears once in the New Testament?
a. Logos (the Word)
c. Son of God
Which two Gospels contain the story of Jesus’ birth?
a. Mark and John
b. Matthew and Luke
c. John and Matthew
d. Luke and Mark
Which is Jesus’ first recorded miracle?
a. Changing water into wine
b. Raising Lazarus
c. Healing 10 lepers
d. Feeding 5,000
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount appears in which Gospel?
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In which chapter of Matthew’s Gospel can we find this phrase?
a. Matthew 2
b. Matthew 6
c. Matthew 18
d. Matthew 28
In the book of Acts, who was the first Christian killed for his faith?
Where can the following Bible verse be found? “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’”?
a. Jeremiah 29:11
b. Isaiah 55:8
c. Psalm 23:6
d. Genesis 50:20
Paul wrote several letters to the early church between AD 40–70. Which letter focuses on the theme of freedom in Christ?
a. 1 Corinthians
Galatians 5:22–23 says that when we become followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. Which is the correct list of nine fruits?
a. Love, joy, courage, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, humility and self-control
b. Love, joy, peace, wisdom, kindness, perseverance, gentleness, patience and faith
c. Peace, patience, perseverance, joy, love, obedience, goodness, courage and faith
d. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
In the book of Revelation, how many heads did the first beast from the sea have?
Which popular phrase is NOT found in the Bible?
a. “By the skin of my teeth”
b. “A drop in the bucket”
c. “To everything there is a season”
d. “Do to others as you would have them do to you”
“Shepherd” can be found in Psalm 23; “Mother Bird” can be found in Psalm 91:4; “Bear” can be found in Hosea 13:7-8. Other scriptural images for God include potter, vinedresser, physician, husband, friend, midwife, merchant, bakerwoman, farmer, warrior, judge, liberator, lion, mother hen, wind, fire, refreshing water and many more.
The use of the term “minor” to refer to these Old Testament prophets began during the time of Augustine in the 4th century AD. “Minor” relates to the length of each book, not importance.
The book of Esther never mentions the name of God, though it speaks plainly of his authority over the affairs of his people, and of his love and care for them. It also highlights the courage and tenacity of a faithful woman of God, who heard and followed God’s call to step into a royal position “for such a time as this.”
Since Proverbs has 31 chapters, many people make it a habit to read one chapter each day of the month. This book of “wisdom literature” was written by various authors and is beloved by many.
Insight for Living Ministries says, “Proverbs accomplishes something no other biblical book does: it simply compiles numerous short instructions for living an effective life on earth. While other books articulate profound theological truths, lengthy narratives of triumph and failure, or prophetic preaching to a disobedient people, Proverbs concerns itself completely with instructing people in the path of wisdom.”
“Immanuel” means “God is with us” and consists of two Hebrew words, El, meaning “God,” and Immanu, meaning “with us.” It only appears once (Matthew 1:23) in the New Testament.
“Christ” appears throughout the New Testament. It comes from the Greek Christos, via the Latin Christus, and means “anointed one.” In Matthew 16:16, Peter famously proclaims, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
“Son of God” is used many times in the New Testament to refer to Jesus’ divinity – the Gospel of Mark begins by calling Jesus the Son of God, and reaffirms the title when a voice from Heaven calls Jesus “my Son” (Mark 1:11).
The title “Logos” (the Word) appears at the beginning of John (1:1–18) and then in two other Johannine passages (1 John 1:1 and Revelation 19:13). This title gave rise to several debates in the early church about the nature of Christ’s divinity and humanity.
Mark’s Gospel begins with the story of John the Baptist, and introduces us to Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan River. John’s Gospel also begins with an account of John the Baptist, who “came as a witness to testify concerning [the] light.” Matthew, written primarily for a Jewish audience, starts with a genealogy, all the way from Abraham to Jesus. Luke’s Christmas account introduces us to characters such as Simeon (who took the baby Jesus into his arms and praised God) and the prophet Anna (who “spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem”).
The story of the Wedding at Cana can be found in John 2:1–11. The Bible records more than 30 miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. However, we know the list is incomplete: “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book” (John 20:30). Although the stories of Jesus’ miracles are amazing, Jesus never wanted our faith to be based solely on them. He said that “a wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign” (Matthew 16:4).
The kingdom of God is an important concept for Mennonite Brethren – we believe that it’s a kingdom already present, yet not fully consummated. Professor Tim Geddert writes, “The kind of kingdom Jesus proclaimed does not manifest itself with obvious proofs of its presence and power. It doesn’t announce its coming with trumpets or establish itself by force. It is best illustrated by stories of vulnerable seeds and delayed harvests.”
See Acts 7 for the story of Stephen’s stoning.
Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” The IVP New Testament Commentary Series says: “This declaration of our freedom is both a statement of an accomplished fact and a goal to pursue. Freedom is ours because of the accomplishment of Christ: Christ has set us free! Paul does not appeal to his readers to fight to be free. Our Christian freedom is not the result of our long march. We have not liberated ourselves by our efforts. We are not able to do so. But now that freedom has been given to us by Christ, that freedom is our goal and our responsibility.”
Revelation is commonly viewed as apocalyptic literature, a form of writing which flourished in Judaism from about 200 BC to AD 100. Scholar David Ewert explains that “an apocalypse is a revelation given, as a rule, by some celestial personage. These messages are conveyed in symbolic language, enabling the writers to express what is often too deep for words…. Apocalyptists were usually quite pessimistic about the present world and looked to the end, when God would make an end to the present evil age.”
18. Actually, all these phrases can be found in the Bible!
(We had to throw in a twist.) “By the skin of my teeth” is from Job 19:20; “A drop in the bucket” is from Isaiah 40:15; “To everything there is a season” is from Ecclesiastes 3:1; and “Do to others as you would have them do to you” – the Golden Rule – is found in Matthew 7:12.