The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses [eBook]
The Bible contains a sweeping story, but it’s all too easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees. Whether it’s the dimensions of Noah’s ark or the regulations for sacrifices in the temple, sometimes we miss the big picture when sifting through all the important details contained in Scripture. Helping readers discover the overarching narrative that binds the Bible together, this book highlights 16 key verses that stand as “turning points” in the biblical story line, enabling us to see God’s incredible plan to redeem his people from Genesis to Revelation. Whether it’s the creation of humanity, the establishment of the covenants, or the coming of the Messiah, this book will help Christians see how God’s Word tells a single story about his sovereignty, glory, and grace.
Chris Bruno (PhD, Wheaton College) is the executive director of the Antioch School Hawai‘i and pastor for discipleship and training at Harbor Church. He spends most of his time leading a church partnership for theological education and church planting. He is the coauthor (with Matt Dirks) of Churches Partnering Together.
“How would you answer the question, What’s the main message of the Bible? How does the Bible itself answer that question? Introducing readers to biblical theology, Bruno teases out answers to these questions from Scripture, methodically tracing the major milestones of redemptive history to illuminate the gospel thread and to tie it all together. Whether you’re new to the Bible or have grown up hearing its stories in Sunday school, Bruno’s book will lead you to a greater love for God’s Word and hope in the Savior to whom every part of it points.”
—J. Mack Stiles, CEO, Gulf Digital Solutions; General Secretary, Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS), United Arab Emirates; author, Evangelism
“This compact and insightful book is ideal for one-on-one discipleship, as well as more formal teaching contexts. All Christians, whether mature or young in the faith, will find much to meditate on and rejoice in as Bruno faithfully sketches in the story of redemption.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“In order to understand our Bibles, we need to understand the big story of God’s redemptive plan. Chris Bruno focuses on sixteen key texts to provide a clear and accessible outline of this big story. I recommend the book highly.”
—Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College
“Chris Bruno captures the plotline of the Bible in sixteen short verses. Each verse is vital for understanding the unfolding story, but the story is also greater than the sum of its parts. When seen together, the cumulative picture is breathtaking and life changing.”
—Jason C. Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Chris Bruno’s book leads us through the Bible as a whole story in just sixteen verses. It gives us a secure grasp of the overall unity of the message of the Bible through accessible chapters and bite-size portions of the text.”
—Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois; author, Journey to Joy: The Psalms of Ascent