Themes Of The Bible Books


one Sentence Themes (Simplified)

Here’s a one sentence Theme of every book of the Bible.

A one-sentence overview of every book of the Bible. They’re listed in the order they show up in the Bible. When he speaks, he teaches us what he is like, how he acts, and how he desires us to respond. As a whole, the Bible is about God. It’s about God the Father displaying his glory through God the Son by the power of God the Holy Spirit.

The Bible is one book made up of 66 books. Each book has a major theme that emphasizes an aspect of God’s character or a way he is working to carry out his perfect plan. What follows is an attempt to capture these themes. These themes are certainly required me to make a few tough choices, but I hope you’ll be helped by considering them.

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One Sentence

. Genesis

Begin with God. 

• Exodus

Come out for God. 

• Leviticus

Get right with God. 

• Numbers

Get somewhere! 

• Deuteronomy 

Stop and think. 

• Joshua

Take the land. 

• Judges 

Watch the borders. 

• Ruth 

Gather the grain. 

• 1 Samuel

Light the altar lamps. 

• 2 Samuel

Call David—God's anointed. 

• 1 Kings

Set the King on his throne. 

• 2 Kings

Get the mantle. 

• 1 Chronicles

Keep the royal line. 

• 2 Chronicles

Honor the King. 

• Ezra 

Repair God's house. 

• Nehemiah 

Rebuild God's city. 

• Esther 

Trust God's grace. 

• Job 

"Let Him have His way with you." 

• Psalms 

Praise and pray. 

• Proverbs 

Walk and work. 

• Ecclesiastes 

"Fear God"—if you be wise. 

• Song of Songs

Love Him with all your heart. 

• Isaiah 

He is coming! 

• Jeremiah 

Get ready with cleansing. 

• Lamentations 

Get ready with weeping. 

• Ezekiel 

He will restore the Temple. 

• Daniel 

He will bring the Kingdom. 

• Hosea 

Return, therefore, O Israel. 

• Joel 

Sound the alarm. 

• Amos 

Drop the plumb line. 

• Obadiah 

Possess your possessions. 

• Jonah 

"Preach the preaching I bid thee." 

• Micah 

Look and live. 

• Nahum 

Behold, the mountains quake! 


But there's light ahead. 

• Zephaniah 

So sing, as you go. 

• Haggai 

Work as you go. 

• Zechariah 

"For the Lord shall yet comfort Zion." 

• Malachi 

Lo! His Messenger! 

• Matthew 

The Messiah is here! 

• Mark

His wonderful works prove Him. 

• Luke 

He is a friend of sinners. 

• John 

He is the Son of God! 

• Acts 

He is at God's right hand for us! 

• Romans 

Come to Him for righteousness. 

• 1 Corinthians

For all the gifts of His grace. 

• 2 Corinthians 

For comfort and riches. 

• Galatians 

For freedom and power. 

• Ephesians 

For fulness of life. 

• Philippians 

Take Him for joy. 

• Colossians 

"Ye are complete in Him." 

• 1 Thessalonians 

He is surely coming again! 

• 2 Thessalonians 

But wait and work till He comes. 

• 1 Timothy

Guard the gospel. 

• 2 Timothy

Guard the witness. 

• Titus 

Adorn the doctrine. 

• Philemon 

Be kind to all for His sake. 

• Hebrews 

He is our intercessor at the throne. 

• James 

Work out His salvation. 

• 1 Peter

"To you who believe He is precious." 

• 2 Peter

To you who believe He is gracious—and glorious.

• 1 John

He is the life. 

• 2 John

He is the truth. 

• 3 John 

He is the way. 

• Jude 

He is able to keep you from falling. 

• Revelation 

And to present you faultless at His appearing. 



The Bible is not just one big book, but actually a collection of 66 smaller books written over a period of at least 1600 years by about 40 different authors. Everything they wrote was inspired by God. In the front of your Bible is a Table of Contents which lists the names of all the books in the Bible. The Bible is divided into two sections: the first section which contains three-fourths of the Bible is called the Old Testament, the second section is called the New Testament.

What do the numbers mean?  There is a handy abbreviation that Christians use to specify verses in the Bible.  They list the name of the book first, followed by the chapter number, and then the verse number. For example: John 3:16 means the book of John, chapter 3, verse 16.  This way you can quickly and easily locate scriptures. 


The New Testament reveals to us Jesus and the plan of salvation. It begins with the book of Matthew and ends with the book of Revelation. It is divided into four general areas: 

The first four books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell us the story of Jesus when he was on this earth.

The book of Acts tells us the history of the early church after Jesus' death and resurrection.

The letters (from Romans to Jude) are correspondence from early Christian leaders to other churches or individuals.

The book of Revelation tells us the future story of the end time when Jesus will come back to this world and reign on earth.

A new believer should always start reading the Bible in the first four books of the New Testament, called the Gospels. The book of John is especially easy to understand. A good place for a new believer to start is the "Gospel of John". If you're looking to take a first step in reading God's Word, our 5 minute 21-day Book of John Challenge is for you here. Or we recommend our Gospel of John 15 minute 21 day challenge sent once a day by email sign up here.

Some short letters in the New Testament (also called epistles) which are helpful to new believers are the books of Philippians, James, and 1 John.


The Old Testament reveals to us how God dealt with the nation of Israel. It looks forward to the coming Savior of the world, Jesus. It begins with the book of Genesis and ends with Malachi. It is also divided into four general areas: 

The first five books (Genesis to Deuteronomy) tell us the beginning of man and the establishment of the nation of Israel with the promise of the Savior of the world coming from this chosen people. It not only contains the early history of Israel, but also the Law of God as revealed through Moses.  For example, Exodus chapter 20 records the Ten Commandments.

The next twelve books (Joshua to Esther) are the historical books of the nation of Israel after it became a kingdom in Canaan. Two short books in this section which reveal God's hand on the life of believers, which new Christians may enjoy, are the books of Ruth, and Esther.  

The next five books (Job to Song of Solomon) are the books of poetry and wisdom in the Bible. Especially helpful to new believers are the book of Psalms, which was the hymnal or songbook of the nation of Israel; and Proverbs, which contains the sayings and advice of the wisest king Israel had.

The last seventeen books (Isaiah to Malachi) are the books of the prophets of Israel who God sent to warn, admonish, and encourage his people toward the end of the history of Israel as a nation. A short book in this section which is good for new believers is the book of Jonah.

Pray and ask God to speak to you before you start... and read it as though God will speak to you through it (and He will)!!

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