Scripture Summary

How To Read The Bible Through The Jesus Lens - Michael Williams
How To Read The Bible Book By Book - Gordon Fee, Douglas Stuart

1. Read the theme of (the book from which the text is taken.)
2. Read (text)
3. How is creation, fall, redemption and recreation revealed in this text?
4. How does the Holy Spirit use this text to point you to Jesus?
5. Which part of the Bible's story is most clearly heard in this text, creation, fall, redemption or recreation?
6. How do you fit into the story of redemption through this text?

1. Genesis:
Theme: God separates out one through whom He would bless all nations
Date: Creation through 1600 BC
Author: Moses
Key Verse: Genesis 12:2-3
I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Song Link: I AM (Creation)
Matthew West and Leigh Nash - Good
Mark Hall and Megan Garrett – Who But You
Michael Card – God Will Provide A Lamb
Brandon Heath – Bend

2. Exodus
Theme: God delivers His people from slavery into His presence
Date: 1600 through 1406 BC
Author: Moses
Key Verse: Exodus 29:46
They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.
Song Link: Sara Groves – Painting Pictures Of Egypt
Bart Millard – It Must Be You

3. Leviticus
Theme: God instructs His people how to live in His presence
Date: Around 1440 BC
Author: Moses
Key Verse: Leviticus 20:26
You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.
Song Link: Michael Card - Jubilee

4. Numbers
Theme: God chastens His disobedient people but reaffirms His intent to bring them into the Promised Land.
Date: 1446 through 1406 BC
Author: Moses
Key Verse: Numbers 14:18
The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.’
Song Link: Michael Card – Lift Up The Suffering Symbol

5. Deuteronomy
Theme: God gives Moses instructions for the second generation of Israel regarding faithful living in the Promised Land
Date: Around 1406 BC
Author: Moses
Key Verse: Deuteronomy 10:12-13
Now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
Song Link: Keith and Krysten Getty – Hear O Israel

6. Joshua
Theme: God uses Joshua to lead His people to victorious rest in the Promised Land
Date: 1406-1375 BC
Author: Unknown
Key Verse: Joshua 11:23
Joshua took the entire land, just as the LORD had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war.
Song Link: Michael Tate, Blanca Callahan, Lacrae – Bring Us Home

7. Judges
Theme: God raises up judges to rescue His errant people from the consequences of their rebellion
Author: Unknown
Key Verse: Judges 2:16-17
Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the LORD’s commands.
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8. Ruth
Theme: God's love through Ruth and Boaz fills Naomi's emptiness by providing her with food and a son
Date: Around 1100 BC
Author: Unknown
Key Verse: Ruth 4:14-15
The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.
Song Link: Nicole Nordeman and Amy Grant – I’m With You

9. 1 Samuel
Theme: God exalts the weak and humbles the proud
Date:1105-1010 BC (written after the Babylonian exile)
Author: Unknown
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 2:7-8
The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.
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10. 2 Samuel
Theme: The effects of obedience and disobedience of the anointed king
Date:1010-970 BC  (written after the Babylonian exile)
Author: Unknown
Key Verse: 2 Samuel 23:3,4
The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.’
Song Link: Chris Tomlin – Your Heart

11. 1 Kings/ 2 Kings
Theme: God expels Israel and Judah from His presence in the Promised Land when their kings turn away from the Torah
Date:970-586 BC  (written after the Babylonian exile)
Author: Unknown
Key Verse: 2 Kings 17:20
Therefore the LORD rejected all the people of Israel; he afflicted them and gave them into the hands of plunderers, until he thrust them from his presence.
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13. 1 Chronicles/ 2 Chronicles
Theme: God encourages post-exile Israel by means of an account of Davidic kings who acknowledge the Lord's Rule
Date:1000 - 589 BC  (written after the Babylonian exile)
Author: Unknown
Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:17-18
As for you, if you walk before me as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man to rule over Israel.’
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15. Ezra
Theme: God brings the exiles back to Jerusalem and directs that His temple be rebuilt
Date: 539-430 BC
Key Verse: Ezra 1:3
Author: Unknown (perhaps Ezra)
Anyone of his people among you—may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem.
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16. Nehemiah
Theme: God moves the returned exiles to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem
Date: 432:430 BC
Author: Unknown (perhaps Ezra)
Key Verse:Nehemiah 2:17
Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”
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17. Esther
Theme: God providentially provides Esther and Mordecai to bring Israel deliverance from her enemies
Date:486-465 BC
Author: Unknown
Key Verse:Esther 4:14
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
Song Link: Mandisa – Born For This

18. Job
Theme: God is active in areas and realms beyond our understanding
Date: Somewhere around 1500 BC
Author: Unknown
Key Verse:Job 42:3
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.
Song Link: Todd Smith – Broken Praise
Michael Card – Job Suite

19. Psalms
Theme: God the Great King provides the words of lament and praise that are appropriate responses to Him.
Date: Songs from 1000-400 BC
Author: attributed to David, Asaph, the sons of Korah, Solomon, Jeduthun, Heman, Etan, and Moses
Key Verse: Psalm 1:6
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Song Link: Kathy Taylor - Psalm 150

20. Proverbs
Theme: God has placed an order in creation to which we should pay attention in order to live wisely
Date: Compiled from 1000-686 BC
Author: Agur, King Lemuel, Solomon, and a group called “the wise”
Key Verse: Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Song Link: Michael Card – The Way Of Wisdom

21. Ecclesiastes
Theme: God prompts the Teacher to question the purpose of life
Date: Unknown - perhaps around 940 BC
Author: perhaps Solomon
Key Verse: Ecclesiastes 12:13
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
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22. Song of Songs
Theme: God depicts intimate human love as a gift and also as a key to understanding His own love for His people
Date: Unknown - perhaps around 9:40 BC
Author: perhaps Solomon, but more likely the author is unknown
Key Verse:Song of Songs 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
Song Link: Michael Card – Arise My Love

23. Isaiah
Theme: The Holy One of Israel challenges His people to respond appropriately to His presence among them.
Date: 740-687 BC
Author: Isaiah, a prophet
Key Verse: Isaiah 42:1
Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.
Song Link: Andy Park – I See The Lord

24. Jeremiah
Theme: God promises His people a new covenant beyond the necessary exile
Date: 627-585 BC
Author: Jeremiah, a prophet
Key Verse: Jeremiah 31:33
This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
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25. Lamentations
Theme: God's loving compassion and faithfulness are present even during the cataclysmic destruction of Jerusalem
Date: 586-575 BC
Author: Unknown, perhaps Jeremiah
Key Verse: Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
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26. Ezekiel
Theme: God's presence is the key to life
Date: 593-571 BC
Author: Ezekiel
Key Verse: Ezekiel 37:5
This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
Song Link: Michael Card – Valley of Dry Bones

27. Daniel
Theme: God asserts His authority over human kingdoms
Date: around 520 BC
Author: Daniel
Key Verse: Daniel 2:20-21
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
Song Link: Peter Furhler – No Compromise

28. Hosea
Theme: A faithful God contends with His unfaithful people
Date: 758-722 BC
Author: Hosea
Key Verse: Hosea 1:2
When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.”
Song Link: Michael Card – Song of Gomer

29. Joel
Theme: The day of the Lord is coming and brings judgment before restoration
Date: perhaps around 590 BC
Author: Joel
Key Verse: Joel 1:15
Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. 
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30. Amos
Theme: God judges His people for their social injustice
Date: around 760 BC
Author: Amos, a farmer
Key Verse: Amos 5:24
Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
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31. Obadiah
Theme: God will avenge Edom's mistreatment of Israel
Date: 586 BC
Author: Obadiah
Key Verse: Obadiah 10
Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever.
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32. Jonah
Theme: The Sovereign Lord's compassion extends beyond Israel
Date: around 750 BC
Author: Unknown, perhaps Jonah
Key Verse:Jonah 4:2
That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity
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33. Micah
Theme: God will punish His rebellious people, but promises future salvation
Date: between 740-686 BC
Author: Micah
Key Verse: Micah 7:18
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
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34. Nahum
Theme: The Lord is sovereign over all and will judge Nineveh
Date: around 620 BC
Author: Nahum
Key Verse: Nahum 1:7-8
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into darkness.
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35. Habakkuk
Theme: God is my only comfort in life and in death in a world of seemingly unchecked evil
Date: Between 612 and 599 BC
Author: Habakkuk
Key Verse: Habakkuk 3:19
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on
the heights.
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36. Zephaniah
Theme: God announces to Judah the approaching day of the Lord
Date: 640-609 BC
Author: Zephaniah
Key Verse: Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered
on the day of the LORD’s anger.
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37. Haggai
Theme: God directs His people to give priority to Him and His house, and so to be blessed
Date: 520 BC
Author: Haggai
Key Verse: Haggai 1:8
Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD.
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38. Zechariah
Theme: God uses apocalyptic, eschatological imagery to encourage His people to complete the building of the temple
Date: around 520-490 BC
Author: Zechariah
Key Verse: Zechariah 1:16
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the LORD Almighty.
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39. Malachi
Theme: When He comes to judge, God will spare those who honor Him
Date: perhaps around 460 BC
Author: Malachi
Key Verse: Malachi 3:7
Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty.
Song Link: Michael Card – Who Can Abide
Michael Card - Malachi

40. Matthew
Theme: Jesus is the new Moses who reinterprets Torah
Date: around AD 0-33
Author: Mathew (Levi), a former tax collector
Key Verse: Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
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41. Mark
Theme: Jesus is the suffering Son of Man
Date: around AD 30-33
Author: John Mark
Key Verse: Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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42. Luke
Theme: The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost
Date: around AD 0-33
Author: Luke, a doctor
Key Verse: Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
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43. John
Theme: Jesus, the Word, is God
Date: around AD 30-33
Author: John
Key Verse: John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
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44. Acts
Theme: God expands and empowers His church through the Spirit
Date: around AD 33-62
Author: Luke
Key Verse: Acts 1:8 - You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
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45. Romans
Theme: Through Christ, God brings His chosen ones from death to life
Date: AD 57
Author: Paul
Key Verse: Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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46. 1 Corinthians
Theme: God gives guidance to the spiritually gifted but immature Corinthian church
Date: AD 55
Author: Paul
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:3
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
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47. 2 Corinthians
Theme: God directs Paul to explain and vindicate his apostolic authority while encouraging the generosity of the Corinthian church
Date: AD 55
Author: Paul
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 2:17
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.
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48. Galatians
Theme: God calls for rejecting the legalistic demands of the Judaizers and embracing the gospel of grace
Date: probably AD 48
Author: Paul
Key Verse: Galatians 2:16
a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ
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49. Ephesians
Theme: God establishes the church as the firstfruits of His shalom
Date: around AD 60
Author: Paul
Key Verse: Ephesians 2:17
 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.
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50. Philippians
Theme: God gives resurrection power and joy in the face of persecution and heresy
Date: AD 61
Author: Paul
Key Verse: Philippians 3:10-11
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Song Link: Kathy Troccoli - Knowing You

51. Colossians
Theme: God has exalted His Christ above all human wisdom and tradition
Date: around AD 60
Author: Paul
Key Verse: Colossians 1:18
[Christ] is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy
Song Link: Matthew Westerholm – The First Place

52. 1 Thessalonians/ 2 Thessalonians
Theme: God empowers productive, godly lives as believers wait for the Lord’s return
Date: AD 51
Author: Paul
Key Verse: 2 Thessalonians 2:13
we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth
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54. 1 Timothy
Theme: God encourages the church in promoting the truth and opposing error
Date: aound AD 65
Author: Paul
Key Verse: 1 Timothy 4:16
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
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55. 2 Timothy
Theme: God appeals to Timothy and the churches to remain loyal to the gospel message in the face of persecution and error
Date: around AD 67
Author: Paul
Key Verse: 2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
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56. Titus
Theme: God provides instruction to a young church leader regarding defending, speaking, and living out the truth
Date: probably around AD 64
Author: Paul
Key Verse: Titus 2:1
You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine
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57. Philemon
Theme: God shows Philemon how his slave, Onesimus, has become a Christian brother
Date: AD 60
Author: Paul
Key Verse: Philemon 16
He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.
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58. Hebrews
Theme: Christ is the ultimate revelation and mediator of God’s gracious new relationship with His people
Date: before AD 70
Author: Unknown, perhaps Barnabas or Apollos
Key Verse: Hebrews 2:9
we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
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59. James
Theme: God enables a life of good works that flow from a genuine faith
Date: around AD 50
Author: James, brother of Jesus
Key Verse: James 2:18
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
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60. 1 Peter
Theme: God equips struggling believers to stand firm in His grace as they live holy lives
Date: early AD 60’s
Author: Peter
Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:10
the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
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61. 2 Peter
Theme: God encourages believers in the security and grace of divine truth as they patiently await the Lord’s return.
Date: around AD 67
Author: Peter
Key Verse: 2 Peter 3:17-18
Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
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62. 1 John
Theme: God calls those who believe in the divinity of the incarnate Christ to become like Him.
Date: somewhere between AD 85-95
Author: John, the apostle
Key Verse: 1 John 2:29
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
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63. 2 John
Theme: God warns against showing hospitality to those who promote error
Date: somewhere between AD 85-95
Author: John, the apostle
Key Verse: 2 John 10
 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him.
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64. 3 John
Theme: God inspires John to praise Gaius for his hospitality toward John’s messengers and to condemn Diotrephes for his inhospitality toward them.
Date: somewhere between AD 85-95
Author: John, the apostle
Key Verse: 3 John 8
We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.
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65. Jude
Theme: God warns His people against those who encourage them to view His grace as a license to sin
Date: Probably around AD 65
Author: probably Jude, or Judas, the brother of Jesus
Key Verse: Jude 19
These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
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66. Revelation
Theme: God enables His people to stand fast against Satan and his forces until God brings about the ultimate and sure victory
Date: around AD 95
Author: John, the apostle
Key Verse: Revelation 21:6-7
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
Song Link: Michael W Smith and Darlene Zschech – Great Day