Biblical Themes

Explore main themes that run through the Bible as a way to bring better understanding to our reading of Scripture.

For this module, we recommend using a great resource called "The Bible Project."  They are an animation studio dedicated helping people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus.

You can find the videos on biblical themes on their website.  Come back to The Tool Kit for some discussion questions for your group or coach.

Videos

Watch all the videos at The Bible Project

God

The God portrayed in the Bible isn’t easy to understand, but what if we could better understand what it is that we can’t understand? In this video, we explore the complex identity of God displayed in the storyline of the Bible, and (surprise!) it all leads to Jesus. Watch this video at least three times!

 

  • What question did the video answer for you?

  • What question went unanswered?

  • What would you like to know more about?

  • Would you prefer God to be simple and understood or complex and more than can be understood?

  • How has this video challenged your understanding of the Triune God?

  • How does this complexity of a Triune God challenge your desire to live in God’s community of love?

Covenant

The Bible’s main way of talking about God’s relationship to humanity is the image of a partnership. This video traces the way God entered into a series of formal relationships with various human partners in order to rescue the world through Jesus, the ultimate covenant partner.

  • What question did the video answer for you?

  • What question went unanswered?

  • What would you like to know more about?

  • Which best describes your relationship with God: Friend, Father, Teacher, or Partner?

  • How does that appear in your life?

  • How do you see the failure of partnership; Injustice, Corruption, Tragedy, Death, acted out in our culture or in your news feed?

  • How do Justice, Peace, Family, Love each describe your partnership with Jesus blooming into action, how you follow Him?

  • What one change are you motivated to make in your partnership with God?

The Law

In this video we explore the importance of the ancient laws in the Old Testament. Why are they in the Bible, and what do they say to followers of Jesus? We explore how they fulfilled a strategic purpose in one key phase of the biblical story, leading up to Jesus who fulfilled the law and summarized it in the call to love God and love your neighbor as yourself.

 

  • What question did the video answer for you?

  • What question went unanswered?

  • What would you like to know more about?

  • Describe how Jesus has changed your ability to love God and love others.

  • As a result of this video, what one change would you want to make in your approach to understanding and living God’ Law?

The Messiah

In this video we explore the mysterious promise in the beginning of the Bible Story, that a promised deliverer would one day come to confront evil and rescue humanity. We trace this theme through the family of Abraham, the messianic lineage of David, and ultimately to Jesus who defeated evil by letting it defeat him.

 

  • What question did the video answer for you?

  • What question went unanswered?

  • What would you like to know more about?

  • How does Jesus’ power over evil and death give you confidence in living out God’s love for others?

  • As a result of this video, what one change would you want to make in following Jesus?

Justice

"Justice" is a felt need in our world today, and a controversial topic, but what is justice, exactly, and who gets to define it? In this video we'll explore the biblical theme of Justice and discover how it's deeply rooted in the storyline of the Bible that leads to Jesus.

 

  • What question did the video answer for you?

  • What question went unanswered?

  • What would you like to know more about?

  • Which of these verses caught your ear? Explain.

  • Proverbs 31:8-9 Open your mouth for those that can’t speak for themselves.

  • Jeremiah 2:3 Rescue the disadvantaged, and don’t tolerate oppression or violence against the immigrant, the orphan or the widow.

  • Psalm 146:7-9 The Lord God upholds justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The lord sets prisoners free. He loves the righteous… but he thwarts the way of the wicked.

  • As a result of this video, is there one person’s problem you are being called to make your own problem? How would you pursue that?

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