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     1. Luke 24:25-27 - Jesus is the central theme of all the scriptures; Old and New Testaments

     2. Exodus 6:6-7 - God demonstrated His power in delivering Israel from slavery

     3. Exodus 12:11-13,23-27 - Passover feast was given as a memorial of Israel's deliverance

     4. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 - Christ is our Passover sacrifice

     5. John 6:51-58,62-64 - We have life by being partakers of Jesus Christ


II. MAIN THEME - Jesus Christ is the central theme of the Bible. The importance of the scriptures

                is that they bring us to Christ and to the life that is in Him. Many great themes are pre-

                sented in the writings of Moses and other prophets that are fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  As

                an example, we are looking at the theme of Redemption found in the Bible:


     1. God is the Redeemer of His people - Exodus 15:13

                a. Israel is an example for the church - 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

                b. God promised redemption through Israel - Genesis 12:3

                c. The promise continued through David - 2 Samuel 7:12-17

                d. The promise is realized in Jesus Christ - Galatians 3:15-29;  1 Peter 1:18-19


     2. Redemption is accomplished by the grace of God - Genesis 3:21

                a. God extended His grace to Abraham - Genesis 15:1-6

                b. God chose to deliver Israel from bondage through Moses - Exodus 3:7-10

                c. Deliverance was accomplished through death, sacrifice, blood - Exodus 12:21-28

                d. The church is redeemed by grace - John 3:16;  Ephesians 2:13-19


     3. Redemption is received by an obedient faith - Genesis 15:6;  Exodus 12:28

                a. Rahab spared by this kind of faith - Joshua 2:1-21; 6:25; James 2:25

                b. Israel delivered from the Egyptian army by obedient faith - Exodus 14:13-31

                c. Those who believe in God are justified by faith - Romans 4:20-5:2

                d. This faith is evidenced by our obedience to God whom we realize has all the power to

                    save - Romans 6:15-18;  Hebrews 5:9;  1 Peter 1:22;  Romans 1:5; 16:25-27



     1. We need to understand that redemption depends on God's power and not on our own

            abilities - Romans 3:21-26;  5:1-8;  8:31-39

     2. God has promised to redeem all who have faith in Him, so we must be faithful in order to

            receive His blessings - Hebrews 10:19-25

     3. Obedience is the result of saving faith, and there is no sincere faith without obedience -

            Romans 6:6-18;  8:12-15;  11:20-22; 12:1-2;  James 2:14-26

     4. Other great themes in the Bible include:  God's love.  sin,  righteousness,  man's free will,

            man's quest for peace,  the need for sacrifice,  the kingdom of God,  the family of God....

     5. It gives great joy to follow a theme from the Bible's opening pages in Genesis until it closes

            in Revelation.  Notice how it all fits into Jesus - Matthew 5:17


IV. MEMORY VERSE  -  1 Corinthians 5:7-8

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