Is There Only One Way to Study the Bible?
There are two ways to do biblical theology.
You can trace the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in one continuous narrative. In my first book, The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses, I was trying to trace that big story by looking at sixteen key “trees” in the overall forest that is the story of the Bible.
In The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words, I'm taking a second approach to biblical theology—a thematic approach. Instead of looking at the whole story in one shot, I'm looking at sixteen key themes and tracing how each theme develops throughout the message of the Bible.
For example, the theme of covenant: you can see throughout Scripture that God makes covenants. He makes a covenant with Adam and Eve in the garden, he makes a covenant with Abraham, he makes a covenant with Moses and Israel, he makes a covenant with David, and he makes promises and establishes a new covenant in and through Jesus. We can trace that one theme throughout the Bible.
In this book I've chosen sixteen themes in order to take a thematic approach to biblical theology.
The Bible tells us one story about our Creator God, who made all things and rules over all.
God will dwell with his people in the land that he promised.
Are you too foolish and slow of heart to understand why life sometimes doesn’t make sense?