Summary of the New Testament Books: John, Acts, Ephesians, Philemon, Revelation
The Gospel of John is written largely in Narrative history and contains sermons, parables, and several prophetic oracles. The key prominent personalities are Jesus, John the Baptist, the disciples, Mary-mother of Jesus, Mary, Martha, Lazarus and Pilate. The purpose of the book is to demonstrate the deity of Christ by inspiring and strengthening the faith of those who wanted to seek out and examine the early Judean ministry of Jesus’s life. The text begins with the Eternal Word and the divinity of Jesus Christ. Some of the key themes and events are the implications of all the Jesus did and the importance of believing in those encounters. Distinctive features include a more complete revelation of Jesus Christ and of God than in any of the Synoptic gospels, as well as Jesus’s private instruction to His disciples. The gospel of John records several Passover celebrations, as well as eight miracles of Christ to prove His divinity. Six of these miracles are only uniquely found in this gospel. The text concludes with Christ’s words concerning His disciple John
The book of Acts is written largely in Narrative genre form. Some of the key themes include the development of the early church from Christ’s ascension to the imprisonment of Paul in Rome and the beginning of his ministry. The book of acts includes a description of the original Church of Jerusalem and its spread to the very heart of the Roman Empire. The key prominent people are Luke, Peter, John, James, Stephen, Phillip, Paul, Barnabas and James-the brother of Jesus. The purpose of the Book of Acts is to document the growth of the early church, which also contains the records of believers who were empowered by the Holy Spirit in their spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit and the Church play a key role in the turning points, as well as in every key person during the...
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