I believe that studying the Bible is not taking a set of scriptures and developing a doctrine but taking it as God telling us of His dealing with mankind with real events. I have done this and set my study up with the following captions. AN OVERVIEW OF THE BIBLE: I thought I would like to pen what I feel, IMHO, is an overview (the big picture) of the Bible. First let me make it clear that in my understanding, the entire Bible is written "FOR US" but not all of it is written "TO US." I believe this fact “MUST” be understood in order to understand the Bible. If we don’t we will always be trying to put square pegs into round holes and round pegs into square holes. A. THE AGE OF GOD'S MERCY: B. THE AGE OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL: C. THE AGE OF THE LAW: D. THE ARRIVAL OF THE MESSIAH AND HIS PURPOSE: E. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE NATION OF ISRAEL? F. THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD AS GIVEN TO PAUL: G. THE OLD REPLACED BY THE NEW: My study is 8 pages long but it was, to me, an eye opener. I suggest that anyone that tries to teach the Bible must first understand the whole thing and be able to witness about it.