The New Testament is the latter portion of the Bible and represents the separation of God’s people from the Old Testament Covenant and Law due to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All of the New Testament is essentially characterized by Jesus: The Gospels provide narratives of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, the Pauline epistles and subsequent books instruct the Christian Church in the way of the New Covenant, and some of the later books, such as Revelation, provide insight and instructions on Christ’s Second Coming. The contemporary Christian Church relies heavily on the New Testament for guidance, doctrine, and exhortation.
The purpose of this course is to study the 27 cannonized books of the New Testament. We will learn about each New Testament writer and better understand the culture and context of that era. This course starts out with the gospels which allow us to walk in the footsteps of our Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. We will follow him from His birth to His death, resurrection and ascension. Next, we will study the birth of the Church, from the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was given, and we will better understand the plight of the first congregations, pastors and evangelists. The New Testament is penned by nine different writers, ranging from the disciples of Christ, to Paul, a well educated pharisee and Roman citizen, to Luke the physician. The New Testament writings are largely composed of a combination of eyewitness accounts, interviewed accounts, and prophetic inspiration. The New Testament ends with the apocalyptic insights from John who was translated into heaven in order to bring us a heavenly message about the end times and our new home, heaven. When you complete New Testament survey, you will have a better grasp on the continued works of Christ through the church as well as the glorious rewards with await the faithful.