This content is adapted from the PursueGOD Video YouTube channel.
Learning the major events in the history of God and people will give you a clearer understanding of the Bible and its life-changing message for today. We’ll simplify it by using seven simple keywords:
Keyword One: Creation
God created the whole world by speaking it into existence out of nothing. His crowning creation was humanity itself – created for relationship with God.
Adam and Eve put themselves in the place of God, and because of that sin, relationship with God was broken. This is called “original sin” within Christian theology.
In Genesis 12 God made a threefold promise to Abram, a promise that would culminate in the coming of Jesus.
God gave the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) to his people through Moses to give a framework for how God wants people to live in order to love God and people.
In the New Testament we learn that Jesus, who is God himself, came to the earth, lived a perfect life, and died for our sins so we can be restored to relationship with God.
This event is a personal experience for every individual who trusts Jesus for salvation. At the defining moment of faith, God himself takes up residence in every believer by his Holy Spirit.
This event is yet to come – but someday God will return to the earth and establish his Kingdom. He will live forever with everyone who has trusted in Jesus for salvation.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Recount some stories you know from the Bible. Where do they fit into the timeline?
- Talk about the different covenants in the Bible. How does God’s promise in Genesis 12 frame of the story of the Bible?
- Talk about what Jesus did for us. How is it the central event in history from a biblical perspective? Is it meaningful in your personal history? Explain.
- Read Revelation 21:1-7. How is the picture of heaven similar to the picture of Eden from Genesis 2? What do you look forward to in heaven? Are you sure you will be there? Why or why not?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.