Clearly understand the Books of the Bible and their themes
As we preach through certain books of the Bible, these videos (courtesy of The Bible Project) will help us better understand key themes, important cross-references and we see Christ and the gospel in places we might never have imagined. We pray that these visual overviews will fuel your passion to know more of God's Word.
At a glance, Ecclesiastes seems a depressing book. All our human endeavours are "vanity", "meaningless", or like a vapour! However, as we delve in, we see there is a lasting hope in God, and we are encouraged to live our lives in the light of eternity.
God faithfully fulfils His covenant to Israel. After bringing His people to Canaan, God allows His people to drive out the enemies and settle in the promised land. As Joshua approaches the end of his life, he implores Israel to keep her part in covenant with God.
Daniel is a book in two halves - the first half chronicles Israel's captivity under first Babylon and then Persia. The second half is a series of visions which would foretell Israel's future, the coming of Jesus and apocalyptic insights as well. Throughout this book, we see Daniel as a model for us - beloved by God and heartset on prayer.
Finding themselves dragged back into observing the Torah, Paul pleads with the Galatian church to follow Jesus and His gospel. In this letter, the apostle issues a strong rebuttal to, and a heartfelt call out of legalism and into the saving grace of Christ.
Addressed to a fledgling church that finds itself dealing with persecution. Paul pours his heart out in this letter to the church of Thessalonica, pleased with reports that the church is flourishing. He pleads with them to continue following Christ in the face of trials, and to be encouraged that Jesus will eventually restore.
Be encouraged in the face of persecution. Peter reminds us that this is somewhat normal for God's people, but also tells us to rejoice in God having chosen us - and to trust that through our own trials, God will show His glory and goodness.
Jesus is God's final word - better than angels, Moses, the priesthood, Melchizedek and the old covenant. Rather than return to these, we are encouraged to model their faithfulness - and warned not to ignore Christ and His gospel.
Jesus' half-brother provides us with many one-line jewels of wisdom, as well as frequent quotes from the Sermon on the Mount. James gives us very practical ways to live out our theology - as well as a reminder to endure suffering faithfully.