What's the big idea?
By: Tim Calcara
Can you clearly articulate the meta-narrative or “the big idea” of the Bible in a single sentence? What about one book of the Bible? Could you tell me in just a few short words what the book of John is all about? How about the other sixty five books? Do you know what the single, most important point is of each of them? Do you ever get bogged down in genealogies (wondering what the point is) or slammed by a passage that for a variety of reasons is just nearly impossible to understand what God is trying to communicate?
I know I do. But this year, I am using a bible app that has really helped me frame each book by keeping God’s main points in mind as I read. The app is called “Read Scripture”. It’s a project of The Bible Project sponsored by Crazy Love Ministries. The power in this app lies a short 5-10 minute video that accompanies each new section. These videos are WONDERFUL because they survey one individual section of scripture at a time while communicating the main idea of the section. Then when you read, you have perspective into what is being communicated. This is especially helpful for me reading through certain sections of the OT that have been difficult to understand.
Here’s a video on the second half of the book of Isaiah. Check it out.
Remember, when reading scripture, the most important thing is learning what God is trying to communicate to the reader. So often, we concern ourselves with what a verse means with very little logic or cultural context in our reasoning. As you probably know, this doesn’t work and often leads to futility and erroneous conclusions in the process.
If you’re looking to start a new reading plan you might want to check it out. You can visit www.readscripture.org to learn more or just visit Google Play or Itunes to download it for free.
I think you’ll like it. I know I do.
Something to think about.