The Big Picture: Overview of the Bible

Friday, January 10, 2020
This lesson can be used as an introduction or closing for the People in the Bible Series. Or, it can be used a general lesson by itself. This was actually a sermon by Tim Alsup and was preached while I was working on this series. Tim has given permission to use his outline and make any changes to adapt for students.
 The following posters, worksheets and more are in the lesson and application pack.
These posters help explain the concepts this lesson is teaching.
 One option for review is this flipbook. The students will cut and glue the people and they can write any facts or comments that you want on the blank lines.

This is what the completed flipbook looks like. There is a flipbook with the pictures already in place if you do not want to use the cut & glue page. This is also for the teacher to use and show the correct completed pages.
The other option is a cut and glue worksheet. There is a completed paper for notebooks and teacher's visual that shows the correct placement of the people.

This lesson can be divided into more lessons if you want to discuss each time frame and the people that are included more in-depth. For instance, creation, the judges and the kings are mentioned, but are not discussed more than that.
Click here to download the lesson, worksheets and above posters.
This is an assortment of  Books of the Bible puzzles. These can be used to put the events with the correct book. They can be used just to get the students used to the Old Testament and New Testament books and how to spell them. Teacher's answer sheets are included for all.
Click here to download the puzzles.

Scripture Reference
2 Peter 1:21 Holy men of God wrote what the Holy Spirit told them to
Hebrews 7:4 Abraham was a patriarch
Acts 7:8-9 Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons were patriarchs
Genesis 5:5 Adam lived 930 years
Genesis 5:27 Methuselah lived 969 years
Genesis 9:29 Noah lived 950 years
Genesis 25:7 Abraham lived 175 years
Genesis 35:28 Isaac lived 180 years
Genesis 47:28 Jacob lived 147 years
Genesis 50:26 Joseph lived 110 years
Exodus 2:21 Moses married Zipporah
Exodus 3:4 God speaks from the burning bush
Exodus 32:15-16 the 10 Commandment tablets
Exodus 31:16 the Sabbath was intended for the Israelites
Leviticus 27:34 laws for the Israelites
Exodus 27:34 Deuteronomy 12:1 the commandments were for the children of Israel
Deuteronomy 31:23 Joshua the next leader after Moses
Acts 11:26 disciples called Christians
Isaiah 7:14 Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah told of the Savior coming
Luke 4:43 Jesus said He was sent to preach the kingdom of God
Romans 5:6 Jesus died for our sins
Hebrews 9:15 Hebrews 10:9 Jesus died for this reason
Luke 24:44-48 Jesus fulfilled the things that were written earlier
Mark 16:15-16 some of the last words of Jesus
Mark 16:19 Jesus went to heaven and is sitting on the right-hand side of God
Although the posters that were designed for this lesson are all included in the above lesson and application pack, these visuals are available if you would like to discuss the people in more detail.
The visuals have been updated. There are 28 included in the file. All are not shown.
Click here to download the visuals.
(They are the same as the visuals, but black & white.)

Please note: The original outline for this lesson is taken from Tim Alsup’s lesson on January 13, 2019. Permission was granted to use and change as needed for student level teaching. Adult lesson can be heard here.
Click here to see the People in the Bible series.


  1. Thank you Debbie! I really appreciate all of your work and time in making these amazing lessons and all the downloads available. Your work has a great ripple effect in how many people you are reaching. I use your ideas and downloads all the time and the SS students really understand the passages because of the projects and visuals. Your reward will be great in heaven. Again, thank you!

  2. Hi, Appreciate ur hardwork, it's very much useful for ss children, thank you so much..


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