My personal very favorite session to teach to the pastors in India is the “Bible Overview.” It is so important that I give it 2 sessions, one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament. I love teaching this more than anything, anywhere, any time in my ministry! It touches me deeply every time I have the privilege of explaining these wonderful truths about Jesus and His work of redemption for us!
The book “Bible Overview” is four times as large as the other books. It divides history into 27 segments so God’s plan for man from eternity past to eternity future can be easily followed and understood. Each time period is clearly taught and explained. There is much background information as well, making this an excellent book to understand the flow of the Bible as well as details about all of it. Outlines and summaries of each Bible book and all the main Bible people are included. Background and culture are also covered. It is a culmination of my life-time study and teaching of the Bible.
In the conference sessions I use visuals to teach the flow of God’s plan of redemption through these 27 time periods. I draw a simple picture of each and I teach it and hang it on a rope in front so they can see the flow grow and remember what they learn. Each one has paper and pencil to draw their own overview so they can remember it and teach it to their people. In effect I am telling lots of short stories which all go together making the one story about Jesus. Story-telling is an excellent way to communicate in India and this is the best story ever!
It is thrilling beyond words to be able to share God’s love and plan for us in this way. God revealed the importance of innocent blood being shed to pay for sin. That theme is traced through the whole Bible. The focus on Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection is the highlight of all history. I use Christian ‘magic’ to emphasize the main points. What a great honor it is to share this in every conference! Every one of us are deeply touched by God’s grace and power. It turns into a great time of worship and praise for our wonderful Redeemer! It’s a small taste of what we’ll be doing for all eternity in heaven!!! (March 12, 2018 Doylestown, PA)
1 Corinthians 10:11-12 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a]may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Take time to think through the Bible, especially the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Spend time meditating on what He has done and why He did it. Praise and thank Him.
(For a free copy of this book go to India.ChristianTrainingOrganization.org and click on “Download Books.” To listen to an audio recording, watch a video recording or read the manuscript of the session click on “Conference Sessions.”)