Saturday, July 22, 2017

Introduction

Introduction and Objectives


The sovereign, all-powerful, infinite God of the universe has chosen to speak to people through a book, the Bible. Consisting of 66 books in the Old and New Testaments, the Word of God is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). It is God-breathed, without error in the original manuscripts, and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (II Timothy 3:16). It is how we get to know God and his plan for the world.


But sometimes, the Bible can be overwhelmingly daunting in its size and scope. Many people who desire to read the Bible struggle with knowing where to start and how it all fits together. The purpose of this 40-day overview is to provide a tool to be in God’s Word consistently, reading key chapters throughout the Bible that highlight the overarching storyline of Creation, Rebellion, Redemption, and Restoration. The accompanying commentary seeks to fill in the gaps between chapters, provide connections to key themes, and offer questions for reflection and application. Ultimately, the goal of this study is for people to know God more through regular and thoughtful study of his unified Word.


It may be helpful to participate in this overview in a small group for purposes of discussion and accountability. It can also serve as an individual resource or a church-wide community initiative. The 40 days can be consecutive, or individuals or groups may want to spread it out over eight weeks, reading five days a week. Some people prefer to read in the morning before the start of their days; others might find it more practical to read in a specific space or time of day. Whatever an individual or group decides, planning and consistency will help keep readers on track as they go through this overview. Quotations in the commentary come from the New International Version (1984) of the Bible.

May God work richly through the depths of his Word to reveal his character and his plan, and may we know him and love him ever more deeply through these 40 days.

Day
Chapters
Overview

Day
Chapters
Overview
1
Genesis 1-2
The Creation Account

21
John 5
Jesus’ Miracles and Authority
2
Genesis 3
The Beginning of Sin

22
John 11
Jesus’ Power Over Death
3
Genesis 15; 17:15-27
God’s Covenant with Abraham

23
John 15
The Christian Life Defined
4
Genesis 21:1-7; 22
God’s Faithfulness and Abraham’s Faith

24
John 17
Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer
5
Exodus 3-4
God Calls Moses to Deliver His People

25
Matthew 26-27
The Arrest and Crucifixion of Jesus
6
Exodus 20
The Ten Commandments

26
John 20
The Resurrection of Jesus
7
Joshua 1
Conquering the Promised Land

27
Luke 24
The Ascension of Jesus
8
1 Samuel 16-17
David and Goliath

28
Acts 2
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
9
2 Samuel 7
God’s Promises to David

29
Acts 9
The Conversion of Saul
10
1 Kings 3; 8:1-9:9
King Solomon’s Wisdom and the Temple

30
Acts 17
Paul in Athens
11
1 Kings 18
The Prophet Elijah and the Prophets of Baal

31
Acts 26
Paul’s Defense of the Christian Faith
12
2 Kings 25
The Siege of Jerusalem and the Exile of Judah

32
Romans 3
Justification by Faith Alone
13
Daniel 3
Exiles in Babylon; The Fiery Furnace

33
Romans 7-8
Battle with Sin; Life in the Spirit
14
Ezra 3
Rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem

34
I Corinthians 15
The Power of the Resurrection
15
Isaiah 9, 53, 61
Isaiah’s Prophecy of the Coming Messiah

35
Galatians 5
Freedom in Christ
16
Luke 1-2
The Birth of Jesus

36
Ephesians 6
The Armor of God
17
John 1:1-18
Who Jesus Is

37
Philippians 1:18-2:18
Christ’s Example
18
Luke 4
Jesus Begins His Ministry

38
Colossians 3:1-17
Putting on the New Self
19
Matthew 5-7
The Core of Jesus’ Teaching

39
James 1
Pure Religion
20
John 3
God’s Love for the World

40
Revelation 21-22
The New Heaven and Earth

Next Steps

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