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God's Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible

, 2002
ISBN: 9780830863891
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Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. A worldwide bestseller published in countless sizes and bindings, translations and languages. Sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments.

The Bible is clearly no ordinary book.

How can you begin to read and understand it as a whole?

In this excellent overview, Vaughan Roberts gives you the big picture--showing how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom of God. He provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. And he points you to the Bible's supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him.

Resource Experts
  • Seeks to provide Christians with an overview of the whole Bible
  • Attempts to demonstrate how the different parts of the Bible fit together
  • Provides a Bible study outline at the end of every chapter
  • The Pattern of the Kingdom
  • The Perished Kingdom
  • The Promised Kingdom
  • The Partial Kingdom
  • The Prophesied Kingdom
  • The Present Kingdom
  • The Proclaimed Kingdom
  • The Perfected Kingdom

Top Highlights

“So the Bible is about God’s plan of salvation: his promise to restore his kingdom, and then the fulfilment of that promise through his Son Jesus.” (Page 23)

“Yes, but the ‘knowledge of good and evil’ refers not simply to knowing what is right and wrong, but rather to deciding what is right and wrong. Their sin is that of law-making, not just law-breaking. They were saying, ‘From now on, God, we want to be the law-makers in the world, setting the standards by which we will live.’ It was a bid to be like God, but not in any noble sense. They were usurping his authority and establishing their independence. That has been the nature of sin ever since.” (Page 39)

“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.” (Page 17)

“Once the vertical relationship with God has been broken, it is inevitable that horizontal relationships with one another will be broken as well.” (Page 41)

“So God’s prophets are his mouthpieces, proclaiming his word to others.” (Page 93)

God's Big Picture will serve as an excellent introduction to the Bible for anyone perplexed or overwhelmed by its seeming breadth and diversity.

—Mark Traphagen, Modern Reformation, November/December 2007

  • Title: God's Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible
  • Author: Vaughan Roberts
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2021
  • Pages: 168
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Bible; Bible › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Bible › Introductions; Bible › Theology; Kingdom of God; Theology
  • ISBNs: 9780830863891, 0830863893
  • Resource ID: LLS:9780830863891
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-06T20:42:09Z

Vaughan Roberts is the Rector of St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, United Kingdom. , an evangelical Anglican church, subscribing to a traditional eleven point evangelical doctrine. In 2009, he became president of the Proclamation Trust.


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