Overview of the New Testament

The New Testament of the Bible consists includes the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the gospels. They tell the story of Jesus’ life and death. The book of Acts explains what paths the Apostles took after Jesus died. Romans through Jude are all Epistles, letters that the Apostles wrote to different churches for reproach, teaching, and encouragement. Revelation is a book of prophesy telling us what to expect when Jesus comes back.

Below is an overview of the New Testament from beginning to end.

  • Jesus, the Son of God, is born through a virgin.
  • John the Baptist started preparing the way for Jesus’s adult ministry.
  • Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist when he was 30 years old.
  • Jesus resisted temptation from Satan for 40 days in the wilderness.
  • Jesus began His ministry, preaching repentance for the kingdom of heaven was at hand.
  • Jesus called His first disciples.
  • Jesus traveled with His disciples, teaching, healing the sick, and performing miracles.
  • Jesus was transfigured in front of three of His disciples while God verbally confirmed that Jesus was His Son.
  • The chief priests and elders conspired to arrest and kill Jesus.
  • Jesus creates the Lord’s Supper while celebrating Passover with His disciples.
  • Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane.
  • Judas betrayed Him and brought the chief priests and elders to arrest Him.
  • The chief priests and elders brought Jesus to Caiaphas the high priest to be determined guilty of blasphemy.
  • The chief priests and elders brought Jesus to Pilate and the people chose to kill Jesus.
  • The soldiers of the governor beat and crucified Jesus when he was 33 years old.
  • Joseph from Arimathea buried Jesus in his tomb.
  • Jesus rose from the dead three days later and appeared to His disciples.
  • Jesus ascended into heaven.
  • The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and others during Pentecost.
  • The apostles traveled while spreading the gospel, preaching, and performing miracles.
  • Jesus appears to Paul who was persecuting Christians. He was converted and began spreading the gospel.
  • The apostles wrote letters to churches and individuals explaining the practical implications of theology.
  • The apostle, John, writes a prophecy he was given about the future second coming of Jesus.

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