In this new series – Bible Threads: Keys to Understanding the Bible – award winning author Arlington McRae offers us a fresh new twenty-first century paradigm for how we approach the Bible and understand its essential message.
Keys To Understanding The Bible
One intent of this series is to provide not only new and significant information simply and clearly, but also to be motivational and life changing for both believers and non-believers as you learn to study the Bible more intelligently. Our prayer is that you will not only read all the books in this series but also diligently study them, and the referenced Internet articles. Then use what you have learned to read and study your Bible, enlisting the aid of the Holy Spirit, who will teach us if we ask. Scripture, speaking of the things important to God, encourages us to “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7-8). Then, take what you receive, no matter how little or how great, and teach others. Your efforts are sure to yield great rewards not only for your own life here on earth and in eternity, but also for the lives of all those you touch. Keep in mind that, today, you have the ability, from your home, to touch lives all over the world via the Internet.
At this writing, our goal is to provide the primary keys (i.e., threads) to understanding the Bible in four volumes:
Volume I – The Bible for Beginners and the Rest of Us: A Guide to Making Basic Bible Sense – the first volume in the series, offers its readers a power packed, Jesus inspired, potentially life-changing resource as it presents the Bible to us in its simplest form. Starting at the beginning, the author walks us through a new perspective and a new context for how we understand and interpret what we read. It is designed for 1) those of us new to the Bible and 2) those who never received a comprehensive view of the Bible that makes sense to them. Additionally, in this volume, the author lays out the structure and the over all story – the big picture – of the Bible in order to give the reader a broader context for how we interpret the various books and stories.
The Bible for Beginners And The Rest of Us introduces us to the Bible and provides an eagle-eye view of the Bible and its essential message. It provide significant information in a compact volume that is brief and to the point. A major part of its core content is contained in chart form with the understanding that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. In addition to the text, expanded discussion and/or additional content by other more reputable authors is available in the Expanded Version via insightful Internet articles easily accessible on this BibleThreads.net website (or via live web links in the digital versions).
At the completion of this volume, we know you will be encouraged to read and study the Bible with much more confidence and a satisfying sense of accomplishment. To buy ebook, scan qr-code.
From The Author
The Bible For Beginners And the Rest of Us is not just for beginners but also for those who never started at the beginning. What do I mean? Do you remember when you became a Christian? Did anyone guide you through the Bible story, in a systematic fashion, from the beginning to end? Do you have a systematic and logical understanding of the Bible’s message? If not, this book and the entire series, is for you. Read it. Digest it. Then apply it as you read your Bible from cover to cover. Remember to A.S.K. (Ask, Seek, Knock, Matt 7:7-8) the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read. And please, don’t forget to give Him thanks daily for what He teaches you.
And as always: To God be the glory.
The following volumes are works in progress:
Volume II – Born Dead – presents the dominant thread for understanding the Bible. Its design is to present a biblical perspective of God and man through God’s eyes, and to provide a Bible centered context for the church – “the called out ones”.
Volume III – A Hostile Environment: A World of Lies, Conflict, and Deception – presents an enlightened picture of the hostility (the enmity) in the world between the “seed” of the serpent and the “seed” of the woman by exploring its cause and the resulting turmoil and violence from Genesis through Revelation, to include even the present day.
Volume IV – The Bible in 3D – argues that, while the primary focus of the Bible in this present age is making “disciples of all the nations”, the program of God also includes “the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places”.
Throughout this series, you will encounter references and bridges to valuable resources by other faithful servants of God. At the outset, The author determined not to rewrite what other servants have spent years developing. That would not be a good use of his time and gifts. This approach allows him to stay in the big picture, or at the summary level and let others provide the elegant details. Combined, these resources should provide sufficient coverage of the Bible to satisfy your quest to know the person of God, the Bible’s message and its importance to your life.
We invite you to join with us to create a worldwide host of Bible believing Jesus disciples reaching out, in love, to touch the lives we encounter from day to day. Won’t you help us make hell smaller and heaven bigger through the souls we save.
The grace (God’s favor and power) and mercy of Jesus be with you!