The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words

By Chris Bruno

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The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words

By Chris Bruno

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16 Key Words. 1 Overarching Message.

At the heart of the Bible is one overarching message: God saving his people through their promised Messiah. This accessible introduction to the main point of the Bible traces the development of sixteen key themes— creation, covenant, kingdom, temple, judgment, and more—from Genesis to Revelation, showing how both the Old and New Testaments come together to declare a single unified message. A concise primer to biblical theology, this book helps readers trace God’s unfolding plan of redemption throughout the Bible.

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Chris Bruno

Chris Bruno (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He previously taught Bible and theology at Cedarville University and Northland International University and served as a pastor at Harbor Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. Chris and his wife, Katie, have four sons.

Product Details

Category: Biblical Studies
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 6.26 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5362-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5362-2
ISBN-UPC: 9781433553622
Case Quantity: 72
Published: February 28, 2017

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Foundation

  1. The End
  2. God

Part 2: The Frame

  1. Creation
  2. Covenant
  3. Kingdom

Part 3: The Superstructure

  1. Temple
  2. Messiah
  3. Israel
  4. Land
  5. Idols
  6. Judgment
  7. Exodus
  8. Wisdom
  9. Law
  10. Spirit
  11. Mission

Where to Go Next
General Index
Scripture Index


“Biblical theology is the essential starting place for understanding Scripture rightly. This short, accessible book will help you grasp the Bible’s big story by tracing the most important themes of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. This is a tremendous resource for pastors and congregations alike. Let Chris Bruno give you a guided tour of the central themes of Scripture—you won’t regret it.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Here is an ideal resource for either personal Bible study or for small-group curriculum. Chris Bruno’s concise and readable explanation of sixteen biblical words or concepts provides a lens through which we can see the overall message of the Bible with greater precision. Readers of this book will be better equipped to grasp how the parts of the Bible relate to the whole and how all of history can be understood through biblical theology.”
Chris Brauns, Pastor, The Red Brick Church, Stillman Valley, Illinois; author, Unpacking ForgivenessBound Together; and When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search

"Chris offers a clear, brief, and winsome trip through the pages of Scripture as he examines major unifying themes of the narrative of redemption. This is a wonderful contribution to the growing number of works that help Christians learn biblical theology; it helps us 'put our Bibles together' and better grasp the story of God's saving reign through Jesus. I commend this book to you, and pray that it blesses and teaches many in the church."
Jon Nielson, Senior Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“Trustworthy tools like this are greatly needed for equipping the saints to understand and apply the whole story of the Bible to all of life and ministry. I’m looking forward to putting this resource to work.”
Bill Walsh, Director of Global Ministry, Crossway

“Building on the success of his incredibly helpful work The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses, Chris Bruno returns to his craft to produce an equally powerful tool for the church in her mission to make disciples. Bruno displays his insightful grasp of biblical theology and his passion for developing the next generation of servant-disciples in a style that is both accessible to the average layperson and challenging even to the most seasoned believer. Allowing his personality to shine through on each page, Bruno guides his readers through a full-orbed understanding of God’s story through the entirety of the Bible. Brilliant in its structure and its delivery, The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words promises to live up to the high standard Bruno has already set and, more importantly, serve the global church in her understanding of God’s Word.”
Jonathan Arnold, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History and Director of The Augustine Honors Collegium, Boyce College; Fellow, Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies

“The Great Commission is a thread that weaves its way through the gospel story from beginning to end. Chris simply and clearly brings out the themes of God’s Word that form the basis for Christian life and mission. The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words takes serious biblical theology and makes it accessible and enjoyable. This book will be a blessing to the church in America and around the world.”
Scott Dunford, Vice President of Mobilization, ABWE International