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 . . .