The New Testament as Church Scripture
RELS 2311, TTh 1:00
December 8, 2012
The New Testament is a compilation of letters form apostles and stories of Jesus. Making it the second major division of the Christian biblical canon following the Old Testament. The New Testament was more efficient in spreading Christianity all over the world. Consisting of 27 books written in the 2nd century of the Christian Era.
The New Testament includes the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, the epistles, the acts of the apostles and the apocalypse that includes Revelations. The books were written by apostles who were followers of Jesus Christ and were believers in his return. It was written in common Greek language of the first century and none of the books were written any later than AD 150. The religious movements weren’t all that was affected or came from the New Testaments, it made a major impact on literature, art, music and how people acted towards others and God.
The scripture written in the bible teaches us numerous things about the church, also called the Bride of Christ. Scriptures are to teach us the importance of fellowship, prayer, the breaking of bread and the reason for gatherings. With the scriptures of the Old and the New Testament, God is able to communicate with us with his word.
The scripture within the bible are used in the church to teach the teachings of Jesus and the word of God. The bible holds scriptures that amplify the reasons behind the church. Acts 2:42-47 say:
“ And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distribution the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and...
Bibliography: Schmidt, Alvin J., How Christianity Changed the World. Grand Rapids, Michigan. 2004. Print.
HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV. Colorado Springs, CO. 2011. Print.
Achtemeier, Paul J., Joel B. Green & Marianne Meye Thompson. Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology. Grand Rapids, Michigan. 2001. Print.
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