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The Old Testament in 5 Minutes – Told Visually

old testament in 5 minutes

If you tried to read the Old Testament in one sitting, you’d better have some coffee–it could take up to 50 at an average reading speed! And it would be time well invested. But most people need a big picture first, which is why you can watch a summary of the Old Testament in 5 minutes. It’s true: this is NOT the same thing as reading the Bible, but you can use this summary of the Old Testament in 5 minutes in plenty of worship settings: pre-meeting video; as an introduction to a preaching series, or in small groups.

The Old Testament in 5 Minutes

This video wisks your viewers through creation, covenant, the blessing of Abraham and on through the story of the nation of Israel. When you present the Old Testament in 5 minutes it’s sure to have some gaps, but those gaps may actually stimulate questions and discussions among your congregation.

The Old Testament in 5 minutes still manages to provide the overall message of God’s redemptive heart and plan for all of his creation: the earth itself, the people of Israel, and indeed, for all of humanity. Here are some conversation starters for people after they watch the video:

  • Can you see God’s plan throughout human history?
  • Can you see God at work in this summary?
  • What is left out of the Old Testament in 5 minutes?
  • After watching such a rapid summary, what do you think should be added?

This is a brilliant and very quick review of the Old Testament in 5 minutes. What’s most shocking (but accurate) is the depiction of the fall of Israel and its’ people due to disobedience to GOD. Thank you RiverGlen Christian Church for putting this together, and allowing me to share it.

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Megan Briggs is a writer and editor for churchleaders.com. Her experience in ministry, an extensive amount of which was garnered overseas, gives her a unique perspective on the global church. She has the longsuffering and altruistic nature of foreign friends and missionaries to humbly thank for this experience. Megan is passionate about seeking and proclaiming the truth. When she’s not writing, Megan likes to explore God’s magnificent creation.