Teaching the Bible from Genesis to Revelation
Are you ready to tackle the G2R challenge—going from Genesis to Revelation in eight 13-week studies? As you take your preteens and young teens on this journey, remember several things:
The Big Picture
First, remember the big picture. It’s not possible in a survey of this scope to remember every detail. Hanging in London’s National Gallery is an unfinished painting called The Entombment by Michelangelo. On one side you see the plain base coat with shades of tan and brown paint. As your eye travels across the partially finished figures, it comes to rest on the beautifully intricate detail on the other side of this striking masterpiece.
Our study of God’s Word is much like the process in which this master artist engaged to complete his painting. We begin our study with the base coat and basic shapes of the outlines of Scripture and gradually add more and more detail. Little by little we see a stunning picture unfold before our eyes, created by the Master Artist himself. As you share the broad strokes of Scripture with your learners, don’t get bogged down in the details.
The Big Plan
Second, remember the big plan. God was carrying out his redemptive plan step by step on the paths of biblical history. He sovereignly worked through people and events in real time and space as he created, rescued, and redeemed a people for himself. Scripture gives us the confidence and comfort that we serve a loving and faithful God who is always in control and redeems his people.
The Scarlet Thread
Third, remember your overall purpose. You’re connecting the dots in the history of God’s grace at work in his people. As you follow the scarlet thread of God’s redemptive plan from Creation through the coming of Christ, you’re giving your preteens and young teens a foundation for studying the covenant at older ages.
The Author of Scripture
Finally, remember our big God. He is the ultimate Author of Scripture, which is sharper than any double-edged sword and can penetrate soul and spirit. There’s always more to learn! As 19th-century English clergyman James Hamilton said, “The word of God will stand a thousand readings; and he who has gone over it most frequently is the surest of finding new wonders there.”
The Bible is like a treasure chest with no bottom. The more you dig, the more you find. As you examine this treasure with your learners, pray for the Holy Spirit to bring it to life in your minds and hearts, and trust confidently in God’s promise that he is able to do abundantly beyond all that we ask or think!