Abbreviations (Scripture References)

1. In text, spell out references to whole books or whole chapters of the Bible.

e. g. The opening chapters of Ephesians . . .  Genesis records the creation of the world in the first two chapters.

2. Biblical references may be abbreviated when enclosed in parentheses/brackets. (Refer to Goss and Goss for actual abbreviations.)

3. Use Arabic numerals for all references. If the reference begins a sentence, however, spell out the number.

e.g.  . . . in 1 John . . .

First John 3:16 says . . .