The Gospel Coalition

LifeWay often prints a plan of salvation on the inside cover of our printed resources. When we began working on The Gospel Project, we decided to create something new that would go along with the curriculum's focus: the grand narrative of Scripture. In the end, we summarized the Bible in roughly 300 words and finished with a call for people to repent and believe. Here's how we did it...

God's Word to You: A Summary of the Bible

In the beginning, the all-powerful, personal God created the universe. This God created human beings in His image to live joyfully in His presence, in humble submission to His gracious authority. But all of us have rebelled against God and, in consequence, must suffer the punishment of our rebellion: physical death and the wrath of God.

Thankfully, God initiated a rescue plan, which began with His choosing the nation of Israel to display His glory in a fallen world. The Bible describes how God acted mightily on Israel's behalf, rescuing His people from slavery and then giving them His holy law. But God's people - like all of us - failed to rightly reflect the glory of God.

Then, in the fullness of time, in the Person of Jesus Christ, God Himself came to renew the world and restore His people. Jesus perfectly obeyed the law given to Israel. Though innocent, He suffered the consequences of human rebellion by His death on a cross. But three days later, God raised Him from the dead.

Now the church of Jesus Christ has been commissioned by God to take the news of Christ's work to the world. Empowered by God's Spirit, the church calls all people everywhere to repent of sin and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. Repentance and faith restores our relationship with God and results in a life of ongoing transformation.

The Bible promises that Jesus Christ will return to this earth as the conquering King. Only those who live in repentant faith in Christ will escape God's judgment and live joyfully in God's presence for all eternity. God's message is the same to all of us: repent and believe, before it is too late. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved.

What Else?

Trying to capture the story line of the Bible in 300 words was a challenge. There are all sorts of things we wanted to put in but didn't have room for.

What do you think? How would you summarize the Bible in 300 words?


Stop Erasing GOD

September 4, 2012 at 05:14 PM

The gospel message in two words!

Two different languages address both covenants and give a depth of meaning that is profound, both concrete (Hebrew) and abstract (Greek).

When both the Hebrew and the Greek are combined the message is simply The Word of GOD:

GREEK: Christos Kyrios

HEBREW: Yeshua Messiah

The Word = YHWH

Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is YHWH.
This is the entire message of the Gospel.

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August 21, 2012 at 02:15 PM

Why 300 words? Why not 100 or 500? Also, in your opinion, which passage of scripture best summarizes the Bible?



August 15, 2012 at 08:32 AM

Well done Trevin. Often times in seminary we would write a thesis statement to summarize the main point of a book of the Bible or a specific passage. I always found this to be a difficult task. To do this for the entire story of the Bible is quite a challenge for sure! Remember folks this is a summary. Trevin's work is helpful to all of us as we engage with others to explain the metanarrative of the Scripture and God's work throughout history. Thank you Trevin! I will be using this for sure.


August 15, 2012 at 02:54 PM

Well said Trevin!

John Botkin

August 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

It's good for 300 words, but the rescue plan didn't begin with Israel. It began with the promise of Gen 3:15. You've also got to get Abraham in there somewhere because that's where Israel springs from. Furthermore, according to Paul, the fulfillment of God's promises are just as much (or more) about Abraham as Israel (Galatians 3-4). Getting things in 300 words is no easy task!


August 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Great! Now maybe you could do a 350 word edition and include some of what you had to leave out. I might like to see a statement in the last paragraph including the necessity of humbly responding to the Spirit's conviction about our sinfulness before a holy God. It seems that a lot of people respond to the gospel without this aspect of repentance and live on a false converts.


August 14, 2012 at 08:34 AM


Trevin Wax

August 14, 2012 at 06:45 AM



August 14, 2012 at 06:32 AM

Would it be ok to quote this for a church class I am teaching?

John Botkin

August 14, 2012 at 02:17 PM

Actually, I tried to avoid that by front-loading the promise of a Son (Gen 3:15) before Israel came on the scene. That might not have been clear enough, though.

Adam O

August 14, 2012 at 01:46 PM

John, this is excellent to my ears, a good take on what Trevin gave initially. In both of your summaries, however, it comes across as though Jesus is the plan B when Israel fails like everyone else. That is a theological position held by some, but I don't know if that is what is meant here. I could just be reading it poorly though, would be interested if that comes out to you in another reading?

John Botkin

August 14, 2012 at 01:06 PM

Okay. Here's my 300....

In the beginning, the one, true God created the universe. He created human beings in his image to live joyfully in relationship with him, humbly submitting to his gracious authority. But, just like our first parents, all of us have rebelled against God. Consequently, we must suffer punishment for our rebellion: physical death and Godís wrath.

Mercifully, God promised to rescue sinners through a Son. He chose Abraham and his descendents through which to fulfill that promise and display his glory in a sinful world . He acted mightily for his people Israel, rescuing them from slavery and giving them his holy law. Yet again, they failed to rightly reflect Godí glory.

Then, in the fullness of time, God sent the promised Son. In the person of Jesus Christ, Godís own divine Son took on flesh to save sinners. Jesus perfectly obeyed Godís law and, though innocent of sin, suffered the consequences of human rebellion under his Fatherís wrath through death on the cross. But three days later, God raised him from the dead as Lord of all things.

Having assembled his church through repentance of sin and faith in Christ, God has commissioned them to take the news of Christ to the world. Empowered with new life by Godís Spirit, they call all people everywhere to turn from sin and trust Christ alone to be right relationship with God.

Christ promised that he would return as King to judge the world for sin and restore creation from the stain of sin. Only those who live in repentant faith in him will escape Godís judgment and live joyfully in Godís presence forever. Therefore, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved.