The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

by Chris Bruno


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Helping readers grasp the overarching story line of the Bible, this concise resource explores 16 key verses that serve as “turning points” in the biblical narrative, highlighting God’s sovereignty, glory, and grace throughout his Word.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433542824
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 02/28/2015
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Chris Bruno (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He previously taught Bible and theology at Cedarville University and Northland International University and served as a pastor at Harbor Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. Chris and his wife, Katie, have four sons.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Acknowledgments 13

Part 1 The Time Is Coming

1 Creation (Genesis 1:31) 17

2 Human Beings (Genesis 1:27-28) 23

3 The Fall (Genesis 3:6-7) 29

4 Redemption Promised (Genesis 3:15) 35

5 Abraham (Genesis 12:2-3) 41

6 Judah the King (Genesis 49:10) 49

7 The Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:23} 55

8 King David (2 Samuel 7:12-13) 63

9 The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53:6) 71

10 Resurrection Promised (Ezekiel 37:3-5) 79

11 New Creation (Isaiah 65:17) 87

Part 2 The Time Has Come

12 Fulfillment! (Mark 1:14-15) 95

13 The Cross (John 19:30) 101

14 Resurrection (Romans 1:3-4) 107

15 Justification (Romans 3:21-26) 115

16 Glory (Revelation 21:1-4) 121

Where to Go Next 129

Notes 131

General Index 133

Scripture Index 137

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“How would you answer the question, What’s the main message of the Bible? How does the Bible itself answer that question? Introducing readers to biblical theology, Bruno teases out answers to these questions from Scripture, methodically tracing the major milestones of redemptive history to illuminate the gospel thread and to tie it all together. Whether you’re new to the Bible or have grown up hearing its stories in Sunday school, Bruno’s book will lead you to a greater love for God’s Word and hope in the Savior to whom every part of it points.”
J. Mack Stiles, pastor; author, Evangelism and Marks of the Messenger

“This compact and insightful book is ideal for one-on-one discipleship, as well as more formal teaching contexts. All Christians, whether mature or young in the faith, will find much to meditate on and rejoice in as Bruno faithfully sketches in the story of redemption.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In order to understand our Bibles, we need to understand the big story of God’s redemptive plan. Chris Bruno focuses on sixteen key texts to provide a clear and accessible outline of this big story. I recommend the book highly.”
Douglas J. Moo, Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Chair, Committee on Bible Translation for the NIV

“Chris Bruno captures the plotline of the Bible in sixteen short verses. Each verse is vital for understanding the unfolding story, but the story is also greater than the sum of its parts. When seen together, the cumulative picture is breathtaking and life changing.”
Jason C. Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

“Chris Bruno’s book leads us through the Bible as a whole story in just sixteen verses. It gives us a secure grasp of the overall unity of the message of the Bible through accessible chapters and bite-size portions of the text.”
Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois; author, Journey to Joy: The Psalms of Ascent 

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