A Quick Look at the Books of the New Testament

November 6, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Ministry Helps, New

the new_testamentThe New Testament Books by Category and Theme

Gospels:

The Synoptic Gospels

  • Matthew: The gospel to the Jews
  • Mark: The gospel to the Romans
  • Luke: The gospel to the Greeks

The Supplementary Gospel. John: The gospel to the world

History. Acts of the Apostles: A record of the early Christian Church

Epistles (letters)

Pauline Epistles

  • Paul’s Travel Epistles: Romans: Most comprehensive discussion of salvation; 1 Corinthians: Correction of Corinthian errors and divisions; 2 Corinthians: Paul defends his authority and concern for the Corinthians; Galatians: Salvation by grace apart from works; 1 Thessalonians: Clarification about the resurrection of believers; 2 Thessalonians: Clarification about the timing of Christ’s return
  • Paul’s Prison Epistles: Ephesians: The Church as a united new people in Christ; Philippians: Joy at Christ’s presence through adversity; Colossians: Warnings against participation in heresy; Philemon: A personal letter to Paul’s friend about Onesimus
  • Paul’s Pastoral Epistles: 1 Timothy: Instructions to Timothy about Christian leadership; Titus; Titus is instructed to set standards of sound doctrine and good works; 2 Timothy: Paul’s final words given to Timothy

General Epistles

  • Miscellaneous Epistles: Hebrews: Christ is superior to the Torah (Mosaic Covenant); James: Practical issues for Christian living; Jude: God’s judgment on false teachers
  • Petrine Epistles: 1 Peter: Courage under suffering; 2 Peter: False teaching is strongly condemned
  • Johannine Epistles: 1 John: Warnings against Gnostic teachers; 2 John: Cooperation with false teachers is forbidden; 3 John: Cooperation with teachers of the gospel is commanded

Apocalypse: Revelation: Preparation for Christ’s return

Michael Bogart