When you move to a new city it takes a while to know your way around. The process seems to begin with finding landmarks, and then it becomes a quest to join the dots. We need to help people do the same in their Bibles. They need to know the high points. Then they need to see how they fit together and connect. Now for my third suggestion:
3. Give them a tour. Why not take a series of sermons and be more overt. Instead of just making passing references to landmarks and connections, make that the goal of the series. I’m toying with just such a series. But I’m not sure which way to go. Here are some ideas “off the top” . . .
A. Ten key passages. My friend preached a series this way last year. I can’t remember his ten passages, but how about something like: Genesis 1, Genesis 3, Genesis 12. Perhaps Exodus 19, 2Samuel 7, Isaiah 42. Why not Jeremiah 31, John 3, Ephesians 2 and Revelation 21?
B. Eight key events. How about: creation, fall, promise, Sinai, exile, incarnation, passion, return of Christ? That could work. I’d want to stick to one or two key passages for each (perhaps the main one and then a commentary on it from elsewhere?)
C. Seven people you need to know. Perhaps Adam, Abram, Moses, David, Jeremiah, Jesus and Paul.
D. Seven chunks of Bible text. The books of Moses, the history books of Israel, the wisdom books, the prophet’s books, the books of Jesus’ passion, the history book of the early church, and the books of the apostles.
Other approaches that would give an effective introductory tour of the Bible? Feel free to make your suggestions…