Probably you cannot read the above chart in this compact blog space.
But it’s an important element in the toolkit of my ideal incoming freshman.
To illustrate, consider the following story, which is based on a thousand real life examples:
Kendra grew up in the church. She arrives at college lacking any kind of big picture overview of the Bible’s message.
Sure, she knows a smattering of devotional thoughts and concepts gleaned from sermons, worship songs and her teen Bible, including:
- A bit of Paul’s teaching
- A small helping of Jesus
- A smattering of the 10 commandments
- The Lord’s Prayer
She knows she’s a sinner, that Jesus died to save her and that evolution is false.
At college, she’s confronted with atheism, agnosticism, Islam. All seem to offer comprehensive worldviews that challenge her hodgepodge of devotional ideas.
They all seem to make sense of the world in their own way.
Kendra’s feeling overmatched, confused, embarrassed.
How great it would be if she had a big-picture grasp of the Bible that she could articulate in a few sentences — and that offered a deep (and wide) explanation of human experience.
Christianity begins with God and his love, moves tragically to human rejection of God, then begins anew with Israel and crescendos into Jesus’ death and resurrection. It culminates in the restoration of all things. Those who participate in faith live in God’s presence forever. Those who don’t, don’t.
You could go a long way in college as a Christian, just knowing that larger narrative.
I’d recommend The Bible at a Glance! Every Christian should know the big picture. Especially the “Kendra’s” out there who are headed off to college.