Sixty six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several genres. A worldwide bestseller published in countless size and bindings, translations and languages. It has been sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book. How can we begin to read and understand it as a whole?
Do you feel that it is time to step back and look at the big picture of God's word?
Do you think that although looking through the miroscope is fascinating perhaps it might be time to step back and look through the wide vision binoculars?
Well here's a resource which may be of help to you.
This is an overview, showing us how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the Kingdom of God. It's an accessable book (160 pages) which does not require a brain the size of a small planet to read.
It's a book which can either be read end to end as a reading book, or can be used to compliment a small group Bible study (or 1 to 1). It is divided up into eight sections, each of which ends in a small Bible study. It has loads of diagrams to illustrate the points.
Roberts goal in writing the book is to show how the whole Bible points to the Lord Jesus and as a result the following may happen;
* That sections of the Bible, previously closed to us may be opened up,
* That we may be better equipped to point people to Christ from any part of the Bible (rather than from a few favourite passages),
* That we may grow in the knowledge and love of God through Christ Jesus.
Roberts hope in writing the book is that through it we can have a map in our head that gives us the big picture. The result should be that wherever we land in the Bible, we can find our way around and know where we are in the overall story of God's unfolding plan to save the world through Christ.
Anyone who has read Graham Goldsworthy's Gospel and Kingdom, will see it's influence on this book. Roberts acknowledges, that this is not an attempt to improve on that book, he adopts largely the same approach, but in a slightly less technical way.
I recommend this book - it's an excellent resource - not only to read - but also to refer back to.