Before I begin preaching through the book of Hosea
, I have decided to preach a short series of six messages that develop the story of the whole Bible. The series will be a development of this sentence:
The Bible is the story of a God who makes a special promise about a special Person who would create a special people in order to live in a special place with Him forever.
One of the burdens that I have for God’s people is that they would be enabled to see the big picture of what the Bible is all about. It’s easy to miss the main story while focused on the minutiae of a particular text. As the old saying goes, “You can’t see the forest for the trees!” My prayer is that this sermon will aid God’s people to be able to back up and see the panoramic view of God’s purpose being acted out in Scripture. Out of this sentence will come a full series of messages on the themes expressed by the five major nouns in the above sentence. The series will look something like this:
- The Story of the Bible. Week 1
- The Bible is the Story of God. Week 2
- The Bible is the Story of a Promise. Week 3
- The Bible is the Story of a Person. Week 4
- The Bible is the Story of a People. Week 5
- The Bible is the Story of a Place. Week 6
The first message will be an overview of the entire message of the Bible. Each subsequent message will trace the themes in their respective titles throughout the entire Bible. For example: Week 2 would be a message about God as He has revealed Himself progressively through Scripture. Week 3 would trace the promise of Genesis 3:15 as it is expanded in Genesis 15:6, etc. and fulfilled in Christ’s person and work. Week 4 would show how the Old and New Testaments are both about a Person: Jesus (As Bryan Chapel says, predictive, preparatory, reflective and resultant). Week 5 would show how God has always been concerned to create a people for His glory. Week 6 would show how God has always desired to live among His people in a particular place and be their God (from the Garden of Eden to the Tabernacle in the Wilderness to the incarnation of Christ to the New Heavens and the New Earth). Stay tuned, as I preached the first message this morning and the notes should be available here later today (posted under Monday, May 8th’s date).