The Bible is one continuous story, from the story of creation to the story of Jesus' future return at the end of time. And yet there are smaller, pivotal stories that make up the basic structure of the one big story.
This class is a series of 52 talks that walk you through the main stories of the Bible, 26 in the Old Testament (the time leading up to Jesus) and 26 in the New Testament (the time of Jesus and beyond). They are geared especially for people who learn better through stories than teaching.
|1. Creation and God||
Genesis 1 is one of the foundational chapters in the entire Bible. It not only tells us how everything was started, but it establishes the basic teaching on who God is and who we are in reference to him. Instead of arguing about secondary issues like history and science, Genesis 1 should turn our eyes up toward the heavens, marveling at the majesty of God.
|2. Creation and Us||
In the sixth day of creation we learn that people are the apex of creation, stamped with the image of God. This is the source of human dignity, and it is why we pursue spiritual growth, so we will look more like him.
|3. The Fall||
Genesis chapter 3 describes how Adam and Eve sinned, the consequences that resulted and the promise of a redeemer.
|4. The Flood||
|5. Abraham's Covenant||
|7. The Plagues||
Exodus 7:14 - Exodus 10
|8. The Ten Commandments||
The Ten Commandments are not rules to follow but give form and structure to how our love for God (the Shema) should manifest itself in how we treat God and others.
|9. The Presence of God||
|10. The Holiness of God||
|11. Sold Out to God||
|12. Faith is not Genetic||
Judges shows the necessity of covenant renewal, how each generation must decide for itself if it will follow God. Once the Israelites were given the Promised Land, for the most part they failed to renewed the covenant and failed to receive the blessings from God.
|13. God is King||
|14. David and Goliath||
This is not a story concerned primarily with a young man defeating a great warrior (I Samuel 16-17). It is an account of how faith propels us to trust God, not matter what the appearances.
|15. Psalm 23||
Psalm 23 is David's cry of faith that his Shepherd will provide and protect him in all situations, and that God is lavish in his love for his sheep.
|16. Confrontation and Confession||
Psalm 51 gives a pattern for true biblical confession, which admits our own guilt and God's justice, makes no excuses, and appeals not to our good works but to God's mercy.
|17. Solomon – the Wise and Foolish||
Solomon was the wisest of all people, and yet he died a fool because he ignored his own advice. It is not enough to know the truth; you have to do it.
I Kings 14 - 18
|20. Isaiah and the Holiness of God||
|21. Isaiah and the Suffering Servant||
Isaiah 52 - 53
Hosea 1:2 - 13:6
|24. Habakkuk and Faith||
Habakkuk 1:2 - 3:18
|25. Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the New Covenant||
Jeremiah and Ezekiel prophesied before and during the exile, preaching God's judgment as well as his promise of hope. The hope was the New Covenant where God's law would be written on the person's heart and empowered through the work of God's Spirit.
|26. Lamentations — Authentic Confession and Faith||
|27. Jesus' Birth|
|28. John the Baptist|
|31. The Lord's Prayer|
|32. Seek God|
|33. Deity of Christ|
|35. Greatest Commandment|
|37. Holy Spirit|
|38. Lord's Supper|
|39. Death and Resurrection||
The death and resurrection of Jesus is the culmination of not only Jesus' life but of all history. Jesus died on the cross so that we can be friends of God, and he was shown to have conquered death by his resurrection from the grave.
|40. Great Commission|
|42. The Church|
|43. Justification by Faith|
|44. The Grace of Giving|
|45. Christian Joy|
|50. 1 Peter|
|51. 1 John and Christian Love|