General Bible Subjects

This section of the Master's Prayer network has articles that cover a variety of content based on the several descriptions that follow. They are not specifically designed to compare scriptures for the purpose of promoting a prayerful response as is the case with the four major categories. "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1Corinthians 1:18 KJV)

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NOTE: Each MPNHome.net General Bible Article may be copied for non-commercial use. New items may periodically be added to this group.


What are gospel tracts and gospel tracks?

A general dictionary definition of gospel would include 1) the teachings of Jesus and his disciples, and/or 2) the sayings, deeds of Jesus, and his death, burial, and resurrection. the Greek word translated as gospel in the Bible means "good news" or 'good message", but the Gospel of Jesus Christ would not be truly good if it just detailed the life and teaching of a charismatic leader and his followers. The Biblical significance of the Gospel is that it is God's message embodied in His Son, which gives the gift of eternal life to those who accept it into their hearts, and thereby receive the Holy Spirit.

Gospel "tracts" or "tracks" can be a means of providing that message of salvation from inevitable death, to eternal life. The GOSPEL is not a contrivance of man, but is God's Own Sacrificial Plan for Eternal Life.

According to the American Heritage dictionary, a tract is a distributed paper or pamphlet containing a declaration or appeal, especially one put out by a religious or political group. The etymology is: ME tracte Lat. tractatus p.part. of tractare, to discuss trahere, to draw. The discussion part of Gospel tracts may use scripture passages primarily, or they may contain the story of the conversion of a person or persons, with either approach intended to draw the reader to a personal response. The two tracts produced by MPNHome.net are now in electronic format, but were originally produced in print format by the manager of this website. The Gospel "tracks" on this site have been produced in electronic format specifically for the site.>/p>

As used herein, track means: 1) a. Marks left by the Holy Spirit on the pages of scripture which can be followed to a destination, b. The path, route, or course indicated by such marks. 2) A course of action; method of proceeding. The emphasis for the content of the tracts and tracks produced by MPNHome.net is to present the GOSPEL message, while the emphasis for each Bible study on the site is to direct the reader's thoughts to more in-depth examination of the Word of God, with a response in prayer.


Biblical Apologetics

MPNHome.net will not be a replete resource for apologetics, because the major desire of this author is to provide material that presents the gospel to the receptive heart, or Bible studies that examine various aspects of scripture for the enriching of the prayer life of the believer. If there are studies that could loosely fall into the category of apologetics, they will be solely to strengthen the faith of believers who might struggle with the challenges about the voracity of scripture brought before them by unbelievers. Major efforts regarding the branch of theology that deals with the defense and proof of Christianity will be left to others who are called to such a service.


Major biblical event chronologies

The tables provided IN these studies have three columns: the first representing the cumulative years of passing time as provided directly from scripture, and the second has the life span of a person, or the length of a given time period. The third column has brief passages of scripture to show the Bible reference and some description. Commentary provided in braces {} is given to clarify the scripture choices. The intent is not to produce a precisely accurate time line, but to show the relative years to better frame people and events from the pages of scripture. The record of scripture does provide a reasonably accurate outline, and presents the idea that the age of the earth can be measured in several thousands years, not in millions. Some of the wording from the KJV in these reference passages, when coupled with the years and comments, may also shed some light on details and inferences that might be overlooked in similarly worded passages. The count of years in the first table begins with the creation of Adam by God, and Genesis states Adam's age at a few different points in his life. Because of a new beginning, the count of years begins in the second table with the great flood that destroyed all having the breath of life, , except those in the ark.

There is no attempt to correlate the accumulation of years in these tables with the system of BC or BCE, and the count progresses forwards, not backwards. It is hoped that the tables will highlight the overlap and the intertwining, of peoples lives, and of major events, during the Old Testament period.