God’s Great Plan

Video-Based Bible Study


How do you defend the faith? How can you discern Law and Gospel from the Bible? How can you teach the Good News? What was and is God’s Great Plan? Keep asking the hard questions; we’ll help you answer them.

Follow along in this eight-week Bible study on the Books of the Bible with Rev. Wayne Palmer. The eight sessions are divided as follows:

  1. How the Bible Came to Be, The Bible is All about Jesus Christ
  2. The Books of Moses
  3. The Historical Books
  4. The Wisdom Books
  5. The Prophetic Books
  6. The Gospels
  7. The History and Paul’s Letters
  8. The Final Letters, The English Bible, Challenges to the Scripture

Learn to defend your faith and the truths revealed in the Scripture by understanding each individual book of the Bible and what it means to Christians.

Let’s start out with how the Bible came to be. In the very beginning, I guess you could say there was no need for the Bible. God’s great plan was completed in six days. . . .

To say that the Bible is all about Jesus Christ might sound a bit far-fetched. Clearly many of the Jews did not believe Jesus is in their Bible—our Old Testament. Others might argue Jesus of Nazareth doesn’t even enter the Bible until you’re more than two-thirds of the way through and starting into the New Testament. . . .

Last time we looked at the Books of Moses—the first five books of the Bible. We saw that each book helped expand on the promise God first gave Adam and Eve in the Garden to send His Son as Savior. In this session we will move on to look at the remainder of the historical books of the Old Testament to see how God worked through that nation to prepare for the coming of His Son. . . .

Now that we have established the history of God’s people in the Old Testament , we can go on to the next section of the English Bible—the Wisdom Books. When Jesus referred to the Old Testament as the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms, He summed up all the wisdom books with the one that comes first in the final section of the Hebrew Bible—Psalms. . . .

We’ve worked our way through two of the three divisions of the Old Testament—the Books of Moses—that is, the historical books, and the Wisdom Books which included Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Now we turn to the third division—the Prophets. . . .

Now we have reached the high point of the Bible—the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the Son God the Father promised to Adam and Eve in the Garden who would crush the serpent’s head and save us from our sins. He is the Offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through whom all the families of the earth are blest. He is the Prophet like Moses whom God raised up—to whom we must listen. And He is the Son of David who rules on his throne forever. . . .

It would make sense that the New Testament would be all about Jesus. We have seen the four Gospels with His life, death, and resurrection.

But what happened next after Jesus completed His work and ascended into heaven? Seventeen Old Testament books from Genesis to Esther sketch the history of God’s people before the time of Christ. But in the New Testament, only one book tells the history of the Christian Church—Luke’s second book, Acts. . . .

In this final session we close out the New Testament, talk a bit about the English translations of the Bible, and answer some criticisms you may hear about the Bible.

The last set of letters in the Bible are called the General Epistles. They were written by a variety of authors, and often to a wider group of readers rather than to the congregations in specific places which Paul wrote. . . .


Rev. Wayne Palmer received his master of divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1992. During the next fifteen years, he served two parishes in southeast Missouri. From 2007 to 2016, he was theological editor/writer at Lutheran Hour Ministries in St. Louis. In June 2016, he became editor of Bibles and Bible resources at Concordia Publishing House. Wayne lives in St. Louis with his wife, Pam.

“So how can we be sure they kept the message straight? Primarily because the Bible assures us the Holy Spirit was there all along, guiding the transmission and preserving the truth. And even while Moses was putting it down into writing for us, the Holy Spirit was right there inspiring Moses and guiding his pen.”

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God’s Great Plan

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8 author-led videos

Downloadable learner’s guide

12 months of streaming access

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