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An Overview of the Bible -The Big Four

Genesis - Exodus 20 — The Old Test. is the foundation for the New Test. (Luke 24:27,32)

Genesis 1-11 : 4 major events: Creation, the Fall, the Flood, Babel


  • Attributes of God
  • Where sin came from
  • Judgment of God

Genesis 12-50 : 4 major people: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph


  • Promises of God
  • Faithfulness of God

Exodus 1-20


  • God remembers His covenant to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (2:23,24)
  • Passover (Exodus chapter 12)
  • Ten commandments (Exodus chapter 20)

Matthew — The link book to the Old Testament (see Matthew chapter 1)


  • Jesus as king (Matthew 2:2)
  • Jesus as the new lawgiver (Matthew 5 ties into Exodus 20)

John — Goes back to the beginning ( John 1:1-3)


  • Emphasis on belief (John 20:31)
  • 7 signs
  • 7 "I ams" demonstrate who Jesus is

Romans — Paul’s clear and logical explanation about the gospel ( Romans 1:16-17)


  • God’s righteousness
  • Man’s sinfulness
  • God’s solution

Why use the Big Four?

  • Many people are no longer familiar with the Bible — this gets them into the Bible.
  • Those who are familiar with the Bible have it in bits and pieces — this gives the big picture.
  • This is Bible based — gets people into the Word on a personal basis and allows for self-discovery.
  • God’s Word, not Bible study material, becomes the source of authority.
  • They read the Bible on their own when not with you — extensive and intensive sowing.
  • The habit of spending time in the Word begins forming and carries over after conversion.
  • You can use this in small groups or one-on-one.
  • This is an evangelism method that helps to produce disciples.


  • Read these books and look for the above-mentioned themes in each book.
  • Begin praying for someone to share this with.

Reprinted with permission of Mark Bogart




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