God's Big Picture

Tracing the story-line of the Bible

The Bible is clearly no ordinary book. How can we begin to read and understand it as a whole?

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Sixty-six books written by 40 people over nearly 2000 years, in two languages and several different genres. A worldwide bestseller published in countless sizes and bindings, translations and languages. It has been sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book. How can we begin to read and understand it as a whole?

In his excellent overview, Vaughan Roberts gives the big picture - showing how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom of God. He gives us both the encouragement and the tools to read it with confidence and understanding. He points us to the Bible's supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him.

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  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • The Bible is one book
  • The kingdom of God
  • 1. The pattern of the kingdom
  • Bible study: Genesis 1:1-2:25
  • 2. The perished kingdom
  • Bible study: Genesis 3
  • 3. The promised kingdom
  • Bible study: Genesis 17:1-18; Galatians 3:6-14
  • 4. The partial kingdom
  • God's people: Genesis 12-Exodus 18
  • God's rule and blessing
  • Bible study: Exodus 19:1-13; 20:1-17
  • God's place
  • God's King
  • Bible study: 2 Samuel 7:1-17
  • 5. The prophesied kingdom
  • Bible study: Hosea 1-3
  • 6. The present kingdom
  • Bible study: Luke 1:39-80; 2:25-32
  • 7. The proclaimed kingdom
  • Bible study: 2 Corinthians 4
  • 8. The perfected kingdom
  • Bible study: Revelation 21:1-8; 21:22-22:5
  • Epilogue
  • Notes


Author Vaughan Roberts
ISBN 9781844743704
Format Paperback
First published 2004
Dimensions 125mm x 197mm x 13mm
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher IVP
Independent reviews

God's Big Picture

Nicholas Piotrowski, 9Marks, March 5th 2010

If you are a young Christian, or even an older Christian, who gets frustrated with how confusing the Bible can sometimes be, then let me recommend Vaughan Roberts’ God’s Big Picture. It is written at a very introductory level, in an easy and clear manner that attempts to avoid too much technical, philosophical, and theological language.... continue reading

Customer reviews


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“Insightful, simple & hope filled”

Great read and easy to understand even if you are a new Christian. An easy, simple conversational tone to writing that flows through the Bible history with ease. Encourages us to read the Bible enthusiastically and not be scared of the OT. Would and have recommended this book to family and friends.


“Excellent short helpful book”

Have owned this book for a while and found it really helpful when I read it in my early stages of seeing how the Bible really was one big coherent story. There are longer books with more detail but I highly recommend this as a starter; it may be enough for some, depending on how deep they like to delve. I bought it again recently as a gift for friends to help them with the same issue.


“Clear, concise and inspiring”

clear and concise, easy to read, liked having the practical Bible studies. I got this to do with a younger Christian thinking it'd be good for her, but have got so much from it myself too. The short Bible studies throughout keep drawing us back to look closely at His word and have been an excellent foundation for our discussions. thank you!


“Lucid and concise”

Vaughan book is clear and very easy to read. Wonderful to be reminded that the Bible is all about God and His glory and not about me and my fulfillment. Thanks be to God for His wonderful and persevering grace in Christ Jesus.


“Very good read”

In depth review of whole bible


“Well thought out and well written resource”

In addition to presenting a sound overview of the developing, yet coherent message of the Bible, the particular way in which this is done makes it highly memorable. It is thus a valuable resource for helping us to keep 'God's Big Picture' clearly in mind in our reading of the Bible which is so important if we are not to keep missing the wood for the trees.


“Good overview of the Bible which inspires further study”

First quick read through left me wanting to know more and I think I've got more questions now that I did before I started. However, I intend my second read to be more study based as I make my way through the Old Testament at the same time.


“Very good”

A very interesting and informative read- really gave me an excitement for the old testament. This book helped me to understand how the bible all slots together and what it is all about.


“Very informative and an excellent resource”

This is an excellent book, very easy to read and understand and presents the Bible message in a logical progressive way. It has also proved very useful as a resource for presenting bible overviews in group work. Highly recommended.


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