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The Living Word (Part 3) The Story of the Bible

The One Story of the Bible is God's Story of creating this world and redeeming his most prized creation, the human race.

The Bible is not...

  • a series of random stories
  • a collection of wise sayings
  • an historical record of ancient peoples
  • an academic textbook

The Bible is One Story broken up into 66 books. Sound complicated? Let's break it down...

Let's look at a breakdown of the 66 books of the Bible...

Who wrote the Bible?

The Bible is the Story about God. How does God reveal himself?

Exodus 33:18-19 - Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence.

Themes of the Bible

  • Relationship
  • Sacrifice
  • Worship
  • Covenant
  • Redemption
  • Responsibility

Theme of Relationship

  • Genesis 1:26-28
  • Genesis 3:9
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-5
  • Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Israel, Gentiles, YOU

Theme of Sacrifice

  • Genesis 3:15, 21
  • God sacrifices for the sake of the world throughout the whole Old Testament.
  • John 3:16 - the Father and Son sacrifice

Theme of Worship

  • Genesis 4:1-5 (sacrifice of personal possessions)
  • Genesis 12:7-8 (altars)
  • Exodus 25:1 (free-will offering)
  • Exodus 25-31 (instructions for tabernacle worship)
  • Exodus 32 - idol worship
  • 1 Kings 6-8 - temple is built for worship
  • Ezra 3-4 - second temple is built for worship
  • John 4:23-26 - worship of Jesus
  • Romans 12:1; Hebrews 13:5 - a new sacrifice

Theme of Covenant

  • Genesis 2:17 - Covenant with Adam / Eve
  • Genesis 9:8-11 - Covenant with Noah
  • Genesis 12:1-3; 15; 17:1-19 - Covenant with Abraham
  • Exodus 19-24 - Covenant with Moses and Israel
  • 2 Samuel 7:5-16 - Covenant with David

Theme of Redemption

  • Genesis 3:15
  • Genesis 19:29 (Lot)
  • Exodus 3:7-10 (Moses and Israel)
  • Joshua 1:8-9 (Joshua)
  • Judges 2:10-11 (response of Israel to God's redemption)
  • Judges 2:16 (Judges)
  • Were the Kings of Israel God's idea of redemption? No
  • Galatians 3:13 (Jesus)

Theme of Responsibility

  • Hebrews 12:14 - holiness
  • Hebrews 12:28 - thanksgiving and worship
  • 1 John 3:16 - sacrificial love
  • Mark 8:34-35 - death to self (Lordship of Jesus)

Although the Bible was written over a period of 1500 years by 40 authors under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it has complete relevance for your life today. For it is living and active! Hebrews 4:12

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