"If you could only give someone 15 pages of the Bible what sections would you choose? You have minutes to decide." This engaging question is posed by Gordon MacDonald in an article titled, "Is Your Bible Big Enough?" (You are hereby encouraged to read the article!)
This question has now become a game of tag. Here are the ground rules...
1. Find the Bible you are currently using.
2. Make your list of 15 pages. You should do this exercise in less than 5 minutes.
3. Add a few explanatory comments as to why you chose each page.
4. Post the introduction and these instructions along with your selections.
5. Tag up to 5 others.
6. Leave me a comment letting me know you've completed the meme.
I tag Paul (for the European view), Idaho Paul, Mike, Carolanne (for the Aussie view), and Cori (for the view from South Africa) - sorry Idaho Paul and Mike, you guys are just lowly North Americans ;-)!
I submit for your consideration the 15 pages I would choose from the Bible I am currently using.
1. Genesis 1:1 - 2:15 - Got to have the beginning of the story.
2. Revelation 21:6-22:21 - Got to have the end of the story.
3. Luke 24:41 - John 1:25 - Really after John 1 with this selection but the final passage of Luke is instructive as well.
4. Romans 1:1 - 2:19 - The righteous shall live by faith
5. Genesis 2:16-4:18 - The beginning of our sin problems
6. Genesis 21:23 - 24:6 - The story of Isaac sets the stage for understanding the remedy for our sin problem
7. Psalm 120:5 - 128:2 - Got to have a song to sing on the journey!
8. Isaiah 60:17 - 62:11- Promises of salvation!
9. Matthew 5:13 - 6:22 - The Heart of the Sermon on the Mount.
10. Acts 1:8 -2:19 - The instruction to be witnesses followed by the giving of the power to do it!
11. Romans 7:11 - 9:9 - Romans 8 is a gold mine of God's truth!
12. 2 Corinthians 1:18 - 5:4 - Forgiveness, triumph, hope, grace, perseverance.
13. Hebrews 10:34-12:11 - The 'Hall of Fame of Faith' is a condensed version of the O.T. followed by a challenge to endure!
14. 1 John 3:8-5:21 - Challenge to love each other, test the teaching you hear, confidence in salvation.
15. John 14:25 - 16:30 - Stay connected to Christ, the Holy Spirit's work, victory!