February 20

What’s the big picture of the Bible?

FOCUSed15 Podcast – Episode #10 (Season 2)

I spent a lot of time reading and studying the Bible as if it were only a collection of random stories about God and how I am to live, instead of seeing it as one big beautiful masterpiece. But that is just what God’s Word is. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of Bible study, it is important to understand the big-picture themes of Scripture. In today’s 15 minute episode, Chris and I chat about the major movements of the Bible and how each should shape the way you approach Bible study.


  • How every book and verse serve a purpose to point to the same thing
  • The cohesive, consistent storyline throughout the Bible
  • The 4 different components present throughout all of Scripture –  Creation, The Fall, Reconciliation, Consummation
  • How God’s Word is a tapestry of threads that connect to tell the story of God’s love



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  • Welcome to the Story – a quick read giving a great overview of the narrative of the Bible.
  • Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin – another quick read all around helpful resources for Bible study. Includes a chapter on the big-picture themes of the Bible.


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1. Listen right here on the blog.

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Bible Study How-Tos, Podcast, Resources, season 2

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  1. Is there a way to read a transcript of the podcast instead of listening? I learn and retain much more from the written word than by listening. I have a hearing difficulty, and reading is my strongest learning style. Thank you.

    1. Hi, Tomi! Unfortunately, I don’t have the bandwidth for something like this right now. I don’t have a big team of people helping to get all this done. It is quite a bit of work to get just the audio versions out. Maybe in the future I’ll be able to help you out with this.

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