- Creation – all things created by God and created good
- Fall – the entry of sin into the world and our personal involvement in this event, that is, we are all sinners
- Redemption and Reconciliation – God chose a man, Abraham, whose descendants became a nation, through which God would reveal himself, and ultimately to whom God would sent his Son because he loved us. He did this to redeem us and reconcile us to himself. Beginning at Jerusalem this is the Gospel which is now for all nations.
- Response – we are called on to respond to his call of reconciliation, and then, having been reconciled, called to live to the glory of God, loving God and loving others, and making disciples of all the nations
- Consummation – all history is moving towards a final consummation when there will be a new heaven and a new earth and there will be no more sin
- The need for God to reveal himself to us
- The Bible as that revelation, inspired by God, that produced by there activity of the Holy Spirit
- The overarching narrative of the Bible : Creation, Fall, Reconciliation, Response, Consummation
- The history, development and structure of the Bible, recognising the different styles of literature in the Bible
- Christ is the key – everything points to Him or flows from Him
- The place of the Bible in the life of Christians - why do they believe God is speaking to them
Great Overview of the Bible through its Covenant structure, in the form of a quick draw animated style presentation. See the website , The Bible Project, for many other videos on the Bible along the same line.
Old Testament in 5 minutes, focuses on the main story line
Animated explanation of the Messiah, joins the OT with the coming of Jesus
Old Testament in 8 minutes - focuses more on the specific books of the OT and how they fit together
http://www.biblicaltraining.org/ - free website with a wide range of audio and video resources
Bible Overview worksheets - Jen Green:
- The Fall
- The Pledge
- The Exodus
- The Law
- The Promised Land
- The Exile
- Life of Jesus
- Death of Jesus
- Resurrection of Jesus
- Return of Jesus
- New Creation
Matthias Media: The Bible Overview, by Matt Malcolm - commercial site; overview which emphasises the overarching plan which links the 66 books into one book
Henrietta Mears: What the Bible is all about - Amazon site; focuses on the key themes of each book and sections, very easy to read
Gordon Fee: Reading the Bible for all its worth - Amazon site; focuses on the different genres of the various books and how this affects the way we read and understand them
According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy - Amazon site; brings together the overarching plan of the Bible at a slightly deeper level
Ideas/Strategies for Lessons
Create a visual representation of the overview of the Bible. Students could have personal choice (or work in teams) of the representation style, e.g. digital, model, art, performance, cartoon, etc. Different teams could be given different parts of the Bible to represent – and then they all share to each other.
Create class maps and timelines of the Bible – and link it to other historical events.
Create puppet shows on Bible stories to present to younger children.
Create board games about parts of the Bible for primary school students to play.
Create a music playlist to cover the overview of the Bible from songs you know or can find. If there are parts of the Bible you can’t find songs for, write lyrics or melodies to fit to text from the Bible.
Create a Prezi or Microsoft Powerpoint show to represent the overview of the Bible covering:
1. Creation and Adam and Eve
2. Genesis 4-11
- Cain and Abel
- Flood (Noah)
- Tower of Babel
- Abrahamic covenant
- Sacrifice of Isaac
- Jacob's deceit
- Joseph in Egypt
- burning bush
- plagues etc.
- disobedience, discipline, repentance, restoration
- Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah
6. Exile, Return
7. Christ in the Gospels - birth, ministry, death, resurrection
8. Apostles, Church
9. The judgement of God and the new Heaven and the new Earth