I love teaching through a Book of the Bible analytically—a verse-by-verse exposition of the text. In the almost sixteen years I’ve been pastor of Church of the Open Door we’ve studied the following Books analytically, usually devoting an entire year to each individual Book: Philippians, Ephesians, John (chapters 1-12), 1st John, 2nd John, 3rd John, Acts, Romans (2-year study), the Minor Prophets, Psalms, Proverbs, 1 Peter, Colossians, and Galatians.
But there’s another way to teach the Bible. It’s called synthetic teaching. A synthetic treatment of the Bible is more of a big-picture view of a Book or section of God’s Word.
We’re going to devote the next two years to the synthetic teaching of the entire Bible, all 66 Books! I hope to deliver on the promise I made to our congregation on Sunday, January 1st, when I introduced this new series—bible.cod:
You give us two years and we’ll give you the Bible!
Many people, even serious Christians, have never read through the entire Bible. They may know a verse from Isaiah and some stories from Genesis or Luke, but they couldn’t really place the verse or the story in its historical, geographical, and textual context.
So beginning February 26th we will march through the entire Bible together. On that day I will cover the structure, geography, and message of the entire Bible. Then we’ll do the same for the Old Testament and the Pentateuch (1st 5 Books), and then it’s Genesis and we’re off—a book a week!
Here are 3 Reasons Why I’m Teaching This Series
- Every word of every book was written to change our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
- To rekindle our desire to read through the whole Bible.
- To equip us to understand God’s Word in context.
I hope you’ll join us!
Question: What is the primary reason most Christians have never read through the entire Bible?