Bible Summary Charts
Courtesy of Swartzentrover Bible Study Web Rather than reading the whole book, read the questions and review the chart.
The summary charts look like this:
B1 What are some of the main questions Genesis answers?
B2 Name some of the important points of life and faith from Genesis 1:1 NKJV In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
B1 What does Exodus teach you about Israel, Moses, and sin?
B2 How can we apply the focus of slavery, salvation, and sanctification to the Christian faith?
B3 What do we learn from this verse: Exodus 34:6-7 NKJV And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
B1 Many find Leviticus to be very boring. What might some be things we can learn?
B2 How do we worship God?
B3 What is holiness and is it important? Leviticus 20:26 GNB You shall be holy and belong only to me, because I am the LORD and I am holy. I have set you apart from the other nations so that you would belong to me alone.
B1 Why did Israel must wander 40 years?
B2 What does this teach us about belief vs unbelief and obedience vs disobedience?
B3 Why is it important that God does not lie? Numbers 23:19 NKJV “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
B1 Why did Moses must repeat the Law to Israel?
B2 Explain how this verse is a blessing to you. Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
B1 Why is reading the Bible and thinking about it important? Joshua 1:7-8 NKJV Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
B2 Why did Israel must war?
B1 How does God raise up deliverers today? Judges 3:9 NKJV When the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.
B2 Discuss the relationship between religious laxity and moral anarchy?
B1 What can we learn from this verse? Ruth 1:17-18 NKJV Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” 18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.
B2 Does Ruth give a good example of love? Explain.
B1 How can we look at the heart instead of outwardly, when deciding someone’s character? 1 Samuel 16:7 NKJV But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
B2 Israel asked for a king. How did this show their rejection of God? How do we apply that to us?
B1 How is God great? 2 Samuel 7:22 NKJV Therefore You are great, O Lord GOD. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
B2 Why did David rape Bathsheba?
B1 Why did Solomon fall away? 1 Kings 8:22-24 NKJV Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; 23 and he said: “LORD God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. 24 ou have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day.
B2 What is the danger of marrying a non-Christian? 1 Kings 11:4 NKJV For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the LORD his God, as was the heart of his father David.
B1 What is humility, and why is it important to the Christian? 2 Kings 22:19 NKJV because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the LORD.
B2 How does sin ruin nations?
B1 Why is David’s genealogy given?
B2 Do we must obey any rules today? Explain. 1 Chronicles 22:13 NKJV Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed.
B1 When people quote this verse, what is usually left out? 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
B2 Ezra, not Moses, is the traditional author.
B3 How does Manasseh’s life show Biblical repentance? (2 Chronicles 33).
B1 Ezra is a teacher. Why do Christians need teachers today?
B2 What are some things important to be a teacher?
B1 How is God’s joy our strength? Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
B2 Is repentance important? What should be seen if someone has repented?
B1 How can we be brave in the face of possible death? Esther 4:14 NKJV For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
B2 Name some ways God has delivered you from something.
B1 Why did Job suffer?
B2 Do we have the same confidence Job had? Elaborate. Job 19:25-27 NKJV For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, 27 Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
B1 Discuss some things we can learn from the shortest Psalm. Psalms 117:1-2 NKJV Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! 2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
B2 Name some ways we can use the Psalms today.
B1 Does the book of Proverbs still have benefit today? Explain.
B2 How can we apply this verse to our lives? Proverbs 22:3 NKJV A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.
B1 Is philosophy still important?
B2 What are some philosophical points we can learn from this book?
B1 How can reading the Song of Solomon help our marriage?
B2 Are the physical descriptions of the bride vulgar? See Song 4:1-6 for an example.
B1 How is this an important prophecy? Isaiah 7:14 NKJV Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
B2 How does this verse bless you? Isaiah 9:6 NKJV For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
B1 How do we search for God with our whole heart? Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
B2 Why do prophets often bring a warning of judgment?
B1 What important principle can we learn from this verse? Lamentations 3:22 NKJV Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
B2 Do Christians feel defeated? How can we stay steadfast with God when we feel defeated?
B1 How does God do this? Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
B2 What are 3 things God does in this passage? Ezekiel 11:19 GNB I will give them a new heart and a new mind. I will take away their stubborn heart of stone and will give them an obedient heart.
B1 How does Nebuchadnezzar’s prayer show a change? Daniel 4:35 NRSV All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does what he wills with the host of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can stay his hand or say to him, “What are you doing?
B2 What does this verse teach us about happenings after death? Daniel 12:2 NRSV Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
B1 Why would God tell the prophet to do this? Hosea 1:2 GNB When the LORD first spoke to Israel through Hosea, he said to Hosea, “Go and get married; your wife will be unfaithful, and your children will be just like her. In the same way my people have left me and become unfaithful.
B2 What can every Christian apply from this verse? Hosea 6:6 GNB I want your constant love, not your animal sacrifices. I would rather have my people know me than burn offerings to me.
B1 Why does God want these things and not sacrifices? Joel 2:12-13 NRSV Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 13 rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing.
B2 What does it mean to call on the name of the Lord? Joel 2:32 NRSV Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls.
B1 What can Christians, churches, and governments learn from this passage? Amos 5:14 NRSV Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said.
B2 Is this true? Explain. Amos 3:3 NKJV Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? Agreed means to set an appointment also meeting first.
B1 Why does God hate pride? Obadiah 1:4 GW Even though you fly high like an eagle and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you down from there,” declares the LORD.
B2 Why does God hate people or others who rejoice at someone’s misery or suffering? Obadiah 1:12 GW Don’t gloat over your relative’s misfortune or be happy when the people of Judah are destroyed. Don’t brag so much when they’re in distress.
B1 Can God in His sovereignty decree a condition? Jonah 3:4-5 GW Jonah entered the city and walked for about a day. Then he said, “In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed.” 5 The people of Nineveh believed God. They decided to fast, and everyone, from the most important to the least important, dressed in sackcloth.
B2 Can God decree events and situations for people to freely choose? Jonah 1:17 NKJV Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
B1 Why does God judge and punish sin?
B2 Can we do the requirement of this passage without a new birth and God’s help? Explain. Micah 6:8 NKJV He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
B1 What does it mean when Scriptures state that God is good? Nahum 1:7 NKJV The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
B2 Is there a time when people cross God’s line and there is mercy no longer? Nahum 3:19 GNB There is no remedy for your injuries, and your wounds cannot be healed. All those who hear the news of your destruction clap their hands for joy. Did anyone escape your endless cruelty?
B1 Is it right to question God? Habakkuk 1:2-4 GNB O LORD, how long must I call for help before you listen, before you save us from violence? 3 Why do you make me see such trouble? How can you stand to look on such wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are all around me, and there is fighting and quarreling everywhere. 4 The law is weak and useless, and justice is never done. Evil people get the better of the righteous, and so justice is perverted.
B2 How can Habakkuk rejoice in severe troubles? Habakkuk 3:17-19 GNB Even though the fig trees have no fruit and no grapes grow on the vines, even though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no grain, even though the sheep all die and the cattle stalls are empty, 18 I will still be joyful and glad, because the LORD God is my savior. 19 The Sovereign LORD gives me strength. He makes me sure-footed as a deer and keeps me safe on the mountains.
B1 Can we save ourselves? Zephaniah 3:17 WEB Yahweh, your God, is among you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.
B2 How does God calm us?
B1 Why do people look for our own rather than God’s desires? Haggai 1:4 WEB Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies waste?
B2 When God can do something Himself, why does He require us to do it? Haggai 2:4 GNB But now don’t be discouraged, any of you. Do the work, for I am with you.
B1 Is this a genuine command? Explain. Zechariah 1:3 GNB but now I say to you, ‘Return to me, and I will return to you.
B2 Is this literal or figurative? Explain. Zechariah 14:4 GNB At that time he will stand on the Mount of Olives, to the east of Jerusalem. Then the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west by a large valley. Half of the mountain will move northward, and half of it southward.
B1 Is it true that God never changes? Explain. Malachi 3:6 GNB I am the LORD, and I do not change. And so you, the descendants of Jacob, are not yet completely lost.
B2 What is God’s opinion of proud people? Malachi 4:1 GNB The LORD Almighty says, “The day is coming when all proud and evil people will burn like straw. On that day they will burn up, and there will be nothing left of them.
Posted by Choco in 2019 at 06:06
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