The New Testament
These are the stories of Jesus and the church that was created by his followers.
The first four books are called the Gospels, which means good news or news of joyful events. That does not mean that every story is joyful. These stories allow you to see the fullness of love that is being expressed in the life and death of Jesus.
There is love of his special kind of birth called the incarnation that is told in Matthew and Luke.
The energy of the story as he begins to minister, starting with his baptism.
The calling of the people to a special relationship with him as apostles and disciples.
The healing of those who were in need of wholeness in body, mind, and/or spirit.
The challenges Jesus voiced in the face of corruption. People wanted to destroy him out of fear, out of pain, or out of need to have power.
The way Jesus died has been told through the ages.
No one expected Jesus to live again, and yet there were appearances over the time he was on earth a second time. This sounds impossible, but we believe God can do anything. God can create life when there is nothing… and can create life where there is death. So our story is about hope and life from a loving God who wanted us to see that there is more to our lives than we can imagine.
What else is in the New Testament besides the life of Jesus?
The Epistles, or letters, that were written by Paul were the first books of this group of sacred writings. Letters of other early Christians follow. They address problems of newly forming churches and issues/ideas about God.
The last book is Revelations which is a type of literature called apocalyptic, which means revelation. It gives visions of God’s world, conflicts in heaven, and hope.
The New Testament is a collection of 27 books that range from the First Thessalonians (c. 50 AD) – around 100 AD- although the dating of books is always within a challenge for scholars.
Scripture has commentaries that give information about what you are reading: explaining the Greek, ancient culture and customs, words or phrases, stories, or explaining characters. There are many commentaries on the market, but Virginia Theological Seminary have some free ones on the web that are written by professors who are experts in that portion of scripture created with Forward Movement Publications.
A Simple Timeline of New Testament History
Dates as they are not as firm as this video would lead you to believe, but the explanation of what is in the New Testament is accurate- enjoy…
If you are interested in exploring the New Testament and would like some help please see Rev. Sharon.