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God's Big Picture : Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible [Paperback]

Vaughan Roberts
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press (2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0851112986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851112985
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bible overview 6 April 2005
Vaughan Roberts Bible overview is very helpful in getting the big picture of the theme of kingdom throughout the Bible. The eight chapters work through the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation using Goldsworthy's God's people in God's place under God's rule. At the end of each chapter there is a helpful summary table with the progression from Eden to the New Heaven and the New Earth. The book is scholarly without being difficult to read and provides an excellent introduction to God's Big Picture. Use of the accompanying study material will benefit the reader in being able to delve deeper into the Bible to examine each theme.
In short an excellent big picture of God's plan and its working out in history. I have read it and will keep it to continually refer to again and use with individuals, small groups and in teaching larger groups.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kingdom of God 28 Jan 2008
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
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"God's Big Picture" traces the storyline of the Bible and reveals how all of it's different parts fit together into one unifying whole. The book takes the reader from the Creation in Genesis to the New Heaven and New Earth in Revelation and demonstrates how all the bits in between are all discrete yet coherent parts of God's overall plan to undo the effects of the Fall and to destroy evil forever.I think that this book will be of assistance to any reader who is studying the Bible and may be struggling to make sense of some or all of it; "God's Big Picture" will undoubtedly help to make things clearer.The book is easy to read and is concise , however it does cover similar ground to and share common themes with one of the author's other books ,"Turning Points".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The principal aim of biblical theology is to engage the hermaneutical challenge: to see where each passage and book fits into the whole. In a classic take strongly inspired by (and referencing) Goldsworthy, Roberts picks out the main events in the storyline of the bible, from creation, fall, exodus, exile, Jesus, and second coming. He assembles these into a picture of a coherent narrative, that of God's final plan for the new heavens and new earth being gradually revealed to his chosen people over thousands of years.

The tone, as in all of his books, is remarkably simple and direct, with plentiful anecdotes and engaging explanation of passages quoted. This makes it ideal for someone new to the ideas presented, such as a young Christian or anyone struggling to identify and understand the flow of the bible, which is after all a rather massive and daunting book. There is significant cross-over in theme with "Turning Points", but "God's Big Picture" is instead aimed more at Christians, while "Turning Points" is a bible overview I think intended to be more evangelistic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Roberts painted a wrong picture of the Bible 28 Feb 2010
By C. Le
Review Vaughan Roberts' "God's Big Picture
Tracing the storyline of the Bible"

This book written by Roberts built on two theological statements that are not proved from the Scripture. From these two incorrect starting points, he has painted a wrong picture of the Bible. Many of his arguments and proofs are no more than reading the Bible text out of context and reading into the Scripture something not there.

The first theological statement is found on page 17:

One subject
The Bible obviously covers a great deal of ground. But there is one supreme subject that binds it all together: Jesus Christ and the salvation God offers through him. That is true not just of the New Testament but of the Old as well.

And the second theological statement is the definition of the Kingdom of God which is found on page 21:

The kingdom of God: God's people in God's place under God's rule and blessing.

1- Now, we examine the first statement: "There is one supreme subject that binds it all together: Jesus Christ and the salvation God offers through him."

I don't think anyone would object to salvation being a major theme in the Bible that runs through both Old Testament and New Testament. However, this understanding is incomplete. As sinners saved by grace, we often see things from our own angle. In our eyes, salvation through Jesus Christ is the greatest thing in the Bible. Although this view is not an error itself, it severely limits our understanding of the Bible.

If salvation through Jesus Christ is the only and the greatest one theme that binds the Scriptures together, then, we won't be able to see anything else apart from salvation.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Structured and Simple to Understand. 29 Dec 2005
By Michael V. Baxter - Published on Amazon.com
Having read 5 various books on this subject of the Kingdom of God, Mr. Roberts book was the most organized, structured, illustrated and understandable. It became the foundation for my own series on the Kingdom. A great first book since it lays the foundation necessary for understanding the more in depth books such as: Announcing the Kingdom and According to Plan.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Introduction to the Bible's Storyline 21 Oct 2008
By Trevin Wax - Published on Amazon.com
David and Goliath. Daniel in the lion's den. Jesus' feeding of five thousand people. Too many of us know the stories in the Bible without ever understanding the Story of the Bible. Vaughan Roberts' book God's Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible (IVP 2002) provides a remedy to this problem by giving a terrific overview to the entire Bible in less than 150 pages.

Roberts interprets the Bible with "The Kingdom of God" as the central motif. Each chapter progresses through the Bible, showing how the Scriptures are united around God and His rule. Roberts takes us through Creation, Fall, Israel, the prophets, the exile, Jesus, the Church, and the coming Kingdom, all the while showing how the Bible itself tells one story - the story of our world.

This book is similar to Graeme Goldsworthy's Gospel and Kingdom, but a little more user friendly. Roberts does a good job of summarizing biblical doctrines within the overarching metanarrative that the Bible provides. Though the book traces the Bible's story at a rapid pace, there are times when the writing seems to drag. But overall, this little book is a helpful introduction to the Bible's big picture.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of the whole bible 11 Jan 2007
By Paul Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provided a wonderful overview of the entire bible in one book. Not an indepth study, but it was fun to read about the bible, all 66 books in one volume. It also helped in understanding how they all fit together and that the central theme is God's redemptive plan for mankind.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A handy little book 17 Nov 2009
By C. Gracey - Published on Amazon.com
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.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but Excellent Tool to tbe Introduction of Biblical Theology 15 Aug 2005
By Ho T. Fanny - Published on Amazon.com
For anyone interested to know how the 66 books of the Bible fit together to point towards salvation in Christ, this is a great tool to use.
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