(The following is the outline I used to present this material in a zoom group with women.)
What is the Bible?
Also called “the Holy Bible,” “Scripture,” “God’s Word”
Made up of two sections – Old Testament and New Testament
Made up of a collection 66 separate books, 40 different writers
Hebrew, Aramaic, Koine Greek are the original languages of the Bible
Written over a period of 1500 years
Multiple literary genres
Books of the law
Why should we care what the Bible says?
Because the Bible talks about us!
Big Picture Overview of the Bible – From PursuitBible.com, by David Kim[i]
Main Message of the Bible
“The main message of the Bible is that God wants to restore a broken and hurting world to His original design. God unfolds His plan through people and events in history. The Bible explains how God invites people to become a part of that restoration process through Jesus Christ.” – D.K.
Ephesians 1:9-10, “He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages] – to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth.” Amplified Bible
Creation – Genesis 1
“The Bible starts with the creation of Heaven and Earth. The Bible ends with a New Heaven and a New Earth being joined together. In between is God’s plan of how to get us there through what Jesus does.” D.K.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
It is good. No brokenness.
Fall – Genesis 3
Man and woman chose to depart from God’s ways. Temptation from the serpent led the man and woman to disobey God thus allowing sin to enter and mar the original design God had in mind. This led to consequences of a broken relationship with God, each other, and pain and suffering.
New Creation – Revelation 21-22
Jumping to the end of the story – we see God restores the world from it’s broken state. The negative and evil things will be removed, no more death, no more tears. And, heaven and earth will be united.
The Cross – John 3:16-17
How do we get from Creation, the Fall, to New Creation? Through the cross of Christ.
John 3:16-17, “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world] but that the world might be saved through Him.” Amplified Bible
Jesus paid the price of sin by dying on the cross on our behalf. His resurrection from the dead gave us eternal life and hope.
What do we do now? We turn from our ways of sin and turn to Christ for forgiveness and believe Him that He gave us new life in Him to live for His purposes. (Mark 1:15)