New Testament Survey

Studying the New Testament from a "vista" view. We will treat the New Testament as a book, and the books of the New Testament as "chapters."


New Testament Survey

Studying the New Testament as One Book. A study of the New Testament books including "Introductions, Key Passages, Key Verses, Key Doctrines, and Key Persons.

For years, we have practiced several different types of study: Verse by Verse and Topical.  In this study, we will take a "bird's eye view" of the entire New Testament. We will view the New Testament as a single "book" study. We will look at the major divisions, as well as the books themselves.
We will approach this study in an organized manner as we will look at:
The Anthology 
Arrangement of the books in the New Testament
Culture, Political, and Religious Practices 
Overview and Purpose of each book
Many bible students have never read the New Testament as a single book. In this study there will be reading assignments on key passages in order to better understand the overall treatise of the New Testament.

Introduction to the New Testament


This is the first in our Survey of the New Testament. This handout will cover the importance of the two testaments, the four hundred years between the Testaments, the political, social, and religious scene.

Major Groups in New Testament Times


Any study of the New Testament must include a description of the major groups in the New Testament. We will look at:

  • Essenes

  • Herodians

  • Pharisees

  • Sadducees

  • Scribes

  • Samaritans

  • Zealots

This page is a major description of each of these groups.​

Introduction to the Gospels


What do you know about the Gospels of Jesus in the New Testament? Who wrote the Gospels? Where there different audiences for the four Gospels? Did they each have a different purpose?
These questions and more are the purpose of this Handout. Enjoy.

The Gospel of Matthew


The first book in the New Testament is the Gospel of Matthew, even though it was not the first Gospel written. While Matthew is one of the synoptic gospels, its content is quite different than the Gospels of Mark and Luke. Join us as we study the Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Mark


The second book in the NT is the Gospel of Mark. It is the shortest of the four (16 chapters) and was probably written first. John Mark’s approach of telling the Gospel narrative from Peter’s point of view is visible throughout the book. It is believed that John Mark is the “spiritual son” of the Apostle Peter.
Join us as we look at the Gospel of Mark.

The Gospel of Luke


The Gospel of Luke is the third Gospel in the NT. It is the third (3) of the "synoptic" Gospels. It is the longest of the four (24 chapters, 1154 verses). Luke's approach of telling the Gospel is to the Greek mindset. Luke focuses on Jesus as the "Son of Man."

The Gospel of John


In review, the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus to the Hebrew mind as the Messiah and King. Mark’s Gospel presents Jesus to the Roman mind as the Servant. The Gospel of Luke presents Jesus to the Greek mind as the Son of Man. The Gospel of John presents Jesus to the Jewish and Gentile believers as the Christ, the Creator, the Son of God (Jn 20:30-31).
The Gospel of John is the last Gospel in the NT. It is the final piece concerning the Gospel and the purpose of God in Christ.

The Acts of the Apostles


The book of the Acts of the Apostles is a glimpse of the first three decades of the growth of the church.

The Early Church Fathers


Without the writings of the early church Father's, we would be very limited to our understanding of the early church and its history. This is a chart that shows dates and backgrounds of the Early Church Fathers.

Paul's Epistle to the Romans


It has been said that the book of Romans is, “The most profound discussion about the most profound subject in all the Scripture – God’s plan and purpose for saving sinners.”

Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians


The Greek city of Corinth had a reputation as an important city, full of vice. It was a major center for trade, shipping, and commerce. Corinth, located on an isthmus, which was four to five miles wide, was a gateway for a short trip across Greece to markets. The seas around the south of Greece were treacherous to shipping. This made Corinth a prosperous mercantile community.
The Romans destroyed the city in their conquest in 146 BC. Julius Caesar had the city rebuilt after he named it a seat of government in 46 BC.

Paul's Second Epistle to the Corinthians


This epistle is perhaps Paul’s most personal. Within every page, you can hear the emotion that Paul is expressing. This epistle is intimate in its handing of personal issues to which he is being accused and his arguments in support of his life.
And according to style, this is his least formal one. And in it he deals with the philosophy and practice of ministry.

Paul's Epistle to the Galatians


There was not a single church in the city of Galatia. Galatia was a region in the Roman Empire, in what is called Turkey today. These churches were in the cities of Antioch in Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe.
This epistle is a "general epistle" meaning that it went to a wider audience than one single church.
Join us as we look at the epistle to the Galatians.

Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians


The apostle Paul paid his first visit to Ephesus on his second missionary journey (Ac 18:19-21). His first visit was short, however, on his third missionary journey, he remained there for two years and three months.
Many miracles were performed in Ephesus, and many believed. The church grew mightily even in the face of the city filled with people of superstition, magic, and a desire for the sensual. It was in this city of immoral and pagan practices that the gospel was preached. People were saved. The church grew. The believer respected fellowship, the Lord supper, and baptism.
Even though the church grew and sent out missionaries throughout Asia, they soon followed in the trend of the city, and the church declined as they left the teaching of the apostle Paul and Apollos.

Paul's Epistle to the Philippians


The apostle Paul's letter to the church in Philippi is perhaps his most joyful epistle.
With such "Key Words" as joy, rejoice, fellowship, Gospel, and Day of Christ.

Paul's Epistle to the Colossians


The apostle Paul's letter to the church in Colossae is another example of a letter written to a church he did not know. However, the pastor side of Paul is etched throughout this epistle. His main point is the supremacy of Christ.

Paul's First Epistle to the Thessalonians


The apostle Paul's letter to the church in Thessalonica is filled with Hope! "What happens to a believer after they die?" asks the brethren in Thessalonica. Paul patiently divides the Word of Truth and brings hope to this persecuted church.

Paul's Second Epistle to the Thessalonians


The second epistle to the Thessalonians is the fourteenth book in the New Testament. This letter was written soon after the first and was used to encourage the church during persecution, the second coming of Christ and to strive to work and live diligently.

Paul's First Epistle to Timothy


Paul declares that Timothy is his son in the Lord. Paul had great trust in this young pastor. Why and what was Paul's advice to Timothy as he pastored the church at Ephesus?

Paul's Second Epistle to Timothy


Paul's second epistle to Timothy

Paul's Epistle to Titus


Paul's epistle to Titus is filled with the idea of "doing good works." Paul left Titus in Crete, a place where the inhabitants were "... liars, evil beasts, slow bellies."

Paul's Epistle to Philemon


Paul’s epistle is closely linked with the epistle to the Colossians. Paul had Onesimus carry this letter to Philemon with Tychicus (Col. 4:7–9; Eph. 6:21–22). Ephesians, Colossians and this letter were written near the end of Paul’s first Roman imprisonment, 60–61 AD.

The Epistle to the Hebrews


What would it have been like to have your whole world turned uside-down by the life of a Jewish Rabbi? Especially, if you were a Hebrew and believed in the words of Jesus Christ? We will look at Hebrews through the eyes of a "new convert to Christianity for a Jew."

The Epistle of James


This epistle from James  is perhaps the ultimate "works vs faith" book in the Bible. The book of James has been likened to the Old Testament book of Proverbs concerning the number of things that are packed into this short book.

The First General Epistle of Peter


Peter's letter speaks  a lot about persecution, which he and other Christians would endure in the final years of Nero’s reign. Peter had not yet been arrested, an event that would lead to his martyrdom around AD 66–68.

The Second General Epistle of Peter


In Peter's first letter, he spoke much about persecution from the outside of the church. In this second epistle, Peter addresses the perversion of false teachers within their own congregation.

Introduction to the General Epistles of John.


Why did the Apostle John write three epistles, when he already had written the Gospel according to John? What makes these letters so special?

Introduction to the First General Epistle of John.


The Apostle John focuses on three areas in his first epistle: Antichrist, antichrists, and children. Join us as we survey his first letter.

Introduction to the Second General Epistle of John.


The Apostle John writes an emotional pleas to "the elect lady and her children." Who is this person and why did John write this epistle and why was it added to the cannon of Scripture? Join us as we survey Second John.

Text of the Third General Epistle of John.


The text of Third John (KJV) to use for the study of Third John.

Introduction to the Third General Epistle of John.


The Apostle John writes the shortest book in the New Testament, 299 words and four paragraphs. However, do not let the size of the letter detour you from doing a deep study of the epistle. For it has much to say to believers in the latter half of the first century as well as to us in the twenty-first century.
Like the Second General Epistle of John, this letter is written to someone that John knew personally, “well beloved Gaius.”

Introduction to the General Epistle of Jude.


The epistle of Jude centers on the false teaching that once a person is saved, they can live an immoral life because Jesus has paid the penalty of Sin.

Table to show the strong resemblance between 2 Peter and Jude


In seminary, we were shown the strong resemblance between the epistles of Jude and 2 Peter, as both deal with false teachers gaining access to the church. The similarities between 2 Peter and Jude are listed

The Revelation of Jesus Christ


In all of the Bible, I would presume that the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is the most misunderstood of all the New Testament. Volumes of books have been written concerning this book. Join us as we survey the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ.