The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

By Chris Bruno

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

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The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

By Chris Bruno

16 Key Verses.
1 Overarching Story.

This book highlights 16 key Bible verses that stand as “turning points” in the biblical storyline—enabling us to see God’s incredible plan to redeem his people and glorify his name from Genesis to Revelation. Whether it’s exploring 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) 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.


“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, pastor; author, Evangelism and Marks of the Messenger

“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, Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Chair, Committee on Bible Translation for the NIV

“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

“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 

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Table of Contents:

Part 1: The Time Is Coming

  1. Creation (Genesis 1:31)
  2. Human Beings (Genesis 1:27–28)
  3. The Fall (Genesis 3:6–7)
  4. Redemption Promised (Genesis 3:15)
  5. Abraham (Genesis 12:2–3)
  6. Judah the King (Genesis 49:10)
  7. The Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:23)
  8. King David (2 Samuel 7:12–13)
  9. The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53:6)
  10. Resurrection Promised (Ezekiel 37:3–5)
  11. New Creation (Isaiah 65:17)

Part 2: The Time Has Come

  1. Fulfillment! (Mark 1:14–15)
  2. The Cross (John 19:30)
  3. Resurrection (Romans 1:3–4)
  4. Justification (Romans 3:21–26)
  5. Glory (Revelation 21:1–4)


Category: Biblical Studies
Format: Paperback
Case Quantity: 10
Page Count: 144
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4282-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4282-4
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 5.74 ounces
Published: February 28, 2015