Learn by Summarizing

This originally appeared as an email delivered on
Saturday, July 9th, 2011.

Summarizing can simplify what you read. It gives you a
big picture.

To better understand the themes and doctrines throughout
the Bible, summarize. I don’t mean summarizing each
book. Summarize the entire book.

If you need to skip some prophets and most of the law,
then fine. The goal is to explain the teaching of the
entire Bible in a way that is easy to understand.

Make sure you explain the major changes in God’s
dealing with humanity. Mention some events that are
commonly understood from Genesis to Revelation.

Doing this will help you bring it all together. If you can
do it in less than 5-10 minutes then you are ready
to explain the Bible to others who don’t read it. You
don’t need to know every detail of Zephaniah before
you have a general understanding. Start big.

Replace your daily Bible reading this week with this
big picture exercise. It will help your understanding.

For His glory,

Justin “big picture” Johnson

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