52 Major Stories of the Bible, by Dr. William Mounce

The Pentateuch

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. Genesis 6-9

5. Abraham's Covenant. Genesis 12:1-15:6

6. Joseph. Genesis 37-50.

7. Moses and 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. Exodus 33

10. The Holiness of God. Leviticus

11. Sold Out to God, (The Shema). Deuteronomy

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. I Samuel

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.

The Writings

15. God's Provision and Protection (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). 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. The Wise and Foolish (Solomon). 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.

18. Suffering and Faith in God (Job). Job 1:1-42:3

The Prophets

19. Elijah and Syncretism. I Kings 14 - 18

20. Isaiah and the Holiness of God. Isaiah 6:1-8

21. Isaiah and the Suffering Servant. Isaiah 52 - 53

22. Micah, Judgment, and Salvation. Micah 1-3

23. Hosea and Unfaithfulness to God. Hosea 1:2 - 13:6

24. Habakkuk, Righteousness, and Faith. Habakkuk 1:2 - 3:18

25. 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, Confession and Faith. Authentic Confession and Faith.

Life of Christ

27. The Birth of Jesus

28. John the Baptist

29. Nicodemus and Rebirth. The necessity of being born again.

30. Beatitudes. How we are to live.

31. The Lord's Prayer. How we are to pray.

32. Seeking God. The most important thing to do, ever.

33. The Deity of Christ

34. Discipleship

35. The Greatest Commandment

36. Eschatology. What will happen at the end of time?

37. The Holy Spirit

38. The Lord's Supper

39. Jesus' Death and Resurrection

40. The Great Commission

The Early Church and Paul

41. Pentecost

42. The Church

43. Justification by Faith

44. The Grace of Giving

45. Christian Joy

46. Humility

47. Scripture

Epistles

48. Assurance and Preservation: Hebrews

49. The Tongue. James

50. Suffering and Heaven. I Peter

51. Christian Love. I John

52. Revelation