ONE SENTENCE THEMES
OF THE BIBLE BOOKS
One sentence Themes
Of every Book of the Bible
A one-sentence overview of every book of the Bible. They’re listed in the order they show up in the Bible. When he speaks, he teaches us what he is like, how he acts, and how he desires us to respond. As a whole, the Bible is about God. It’s about God the Father displaying his glory through God the Son by the power of God the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is one book made up of 66 books. Each book has a major theme that emphasizes an aspect of God’s character or a way he is working to carry out his perfect plan. What follows is an attempt to capture these themes. These themes are certainly required me to make a few tough choices, but I hope you’ll be helped by considering them.
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THEMES OF BIBLE BOOKS
One Sentence Summary
• Genesis - Begin with God.
• Exodus - Come out for God.
• Leviticus - Get right with God.
• Numbers - Get somewhere!
• Deuteronomy - Stop and think.
• Joshua - Take the land.
• Judges - Watch the borders.
• Ruth - Gather the grain.
• 1 Samuel - Light the altar lamps.
• 2 Samuel - Call David—God's anointed.
• 1 Kings - Set the King on his throne.
• 2 Kings - Get the mantle.
• 1 Chronicles - Keep the royal line.
• 2 Chronicles - Honor the King.
• Ezra - Repair God's house.
• Nehemiah - Rebuild God's city.
• Esther - Trust God's grace.
• Job - "Let Him have His way with you."
• Psalms - Praise and pray.
• Proverbs - Walk and work.
• Ecclesiastes -"Fear God"—if you be wise.
• Song of Songs - Love Him with all your heart.
• Isaiah - He is coming!
• Jeremiah - Get ready with cleansing.
• Lamentations - Get ready with weeping.
• Ezekiel - He will restore the Temple.
• Daniel - He will bring the Kingdom.
• Hosea - Return, therefore, O Israel.
• Joel - Sound the alarm.
• Amos - Drop the plumb line.
• Obadiah - Possess your possessions.
• Jonah - "Preach the preaching I bid thee."
• Micah - Look and live.
• Nahum - Behold, the mountains quake!
• Habakkuk - But there's light ahead.
• Zephaniah - So sing, as you go.
• Haggai - Work as you go.
• Zechariah - "For the Lord shall yet comfort Zion."
• Malachi - Lo! His Messenger!
• Matthew - The Messiah is here!
• Mark - His wonderful works prove Him.
• Luke - He is a friend of sinners.
• John - He is the Son of God!
• Acts - He is at God's right hand for us!
• Romans - Come to Him for righteousness.
• 1 Corinthians - For all the gifts of His grace.
• 2 Corinthians - For comfort and riches.
• Galatians - For freedom and power.
• Ephesians - For the fullness of life.
• Philippians - Take Him for joy.
• Colossians - "Ye are complete in Him."
• 1 Thessalonians - He is surely coming again!
• 2 Thessalonians - But wait and work till He comes.
• 1 Timothy - Guard the gospel.
• 2 Timothy - Guard the witness.
• Titus - Adorn the doctrine.
• Philemon - Be kind to all for His sake.
• Hebrews - He is our intercessor at the throne.
• James - Work out His salvation.
• 1 Peter - "To you who believe He is precious."
• 2 Peter - To you who believe He is gracious and glorious.
• 1 John - He is the life
• 2 John - He is the truth
• 3 John - He is the way.
• Jude - He is able to keep you from falling.
• Revelation - And to present you faultless at His appearing.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE BIBLE
The Bible is not just one big book, but actually a collection of 66 smaller books written over a period of at least 1600 years by about 40 different authors. Everything they wrote was inspired by God. In the front of your Bible is a Table of Contents which lists the names of all the books in the Bible. The Bible is divided into two sections: the first section which contains three-fourths of the Bible is called the Old Testament, the second section is called the New Testament.
What do the numbers mean? There is a handy abbreviation that Christians use to specify verses in the Bible. They list the name of the book first, followed by the chapter number, and then the verse number. For example: John 3:16 means the book of John, chapter 3, verse 16. This way you can quickly and easily locate scriptures.
THE OLD TESTAMENT
The Old Testament reveals to us how God dealt with the nation of Israel. It looks forward to the coming Savior of the world, Jesus. It begins with the book of Genesis and ends with Malachi. It is also divided into four general areas:
The first five books (Genesis to Deuteronomy) tell us the beginning of man and the establishment of the nation of Israel with the promise of the Savior of the world coming from this chosen people. It not only contains the early history of Israel, but also the Law of God as revealed through Moses. For example, Exodus chapter 20 records the Ten Commandments.
The next twelve books (Joshua to Esther) are the historical books of the nation of Israel after it became a kingdom in Canaan. Two short books in this section which reveal God's hand on the life of believers, which new Christians may enjoy, are the books of Ruth, and Esther.
The next five books (Job to Song of Solomon) are the books of poetry and wisdom in the Bible. Especially helpful to new believers are the book of Psalms, which was the hymnal or songbook of the nation of Israel; and Proverbs, which contains the sayings and advice of the wisest king Israel had.
The last seventeen books (Isaiah to Malachi) are the books of the prophets of Israel who God sent to warn, admonish, and encourage his people toward the end of the history of Israel as a nation. A short book in this section which is good for new believers is the book of Jonah.
THE NEW TESTAMENT
The New Testament reveals to us Jesus and the plan of salvation. It begins with the book of Matthew and ends with the book of Revelation. It is divided into four general areas:
The first four books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell us the story of Jesus when he was on this earth.
The book of Acts tells us the history of the early church after Jesus' death and resurrection.
The letters (from Romans to Jude) are correspondence from early Christian leaders to other churches or individuals. Some short letters in the New Testament (also called epistles) which are helpful to new believers are the books of Ephesians, Philippians, James, and 1 John.
The book of Revelation tells us the future story of the end time when Jesus will come back to this world and reign on earth.
A new believer should always start reading the Bible in the first four books of the New Testament, called the Gospels. The book of John is especially easy to understand. A good place for a new believer to start is the "Gospel of John". If you're looking to take the first step in reading God's Word, our 5 minute 21-day Book of John Challenge is for you here. Or we recommend our Gospel of John 15 minute 21 day Book of John Challenge sent once a day by email learn more here.
Pray and ask God to speak to you before you start and read it as though God will speak to you through it and He will!!
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