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MATTHEW


The first gospel account in the New Testament was written by the Apostle Matthew who was a tax collector until he followed Jesus. Matthew records all of the major events in Jesus' life, from His prophesied Incarnation and birth, to His miracles and teachings, all the way to His death and resurrection. One of the Twelve Apostles who were personally chosen by Christ, Matthew was an eyewitness to many of the events he records in his gospel. He wrote to confirm that Jesus had perfectly fulfilled many of the Old Testament prophesies about the Messiah and that Jesus had come to save his people from their sins.


CHAPTERS 1-2












CHAPTER 2 (Verses 13-23)



CHAPTER 4



CHAPTER 5 (Verse 6)



CHAPTER 6 (Verses 4-6)



CHAPTER 7 (Verses 9-11; 24-27)




CHAPTER 14



CHAPTER 17 (Verses 14-20)



CHAPTER 24 (Verses 9; 36-44)




CHAPTERS 27-28


MARK


The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four gospel accounts and was written to declare that Jesus is both the Messiah and the Son of God. He performed numerous miracles that demonstrated His power and authority and He "gave His life as a ransom for many." Its author was likely John Mark who recorded what the Apostle Peter could remember about the life of Jesus.


CHAPTERS 1-16



CHAPTER 1 (Verses 1-3)



CHAPTER 8 (Verses 35-36)


LUKE


Luke writes his gospel account to provide a very detailed and accurate historical record of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. He makes clear that Jesus is not only the long awaited Messiah of the Jews, but He is also the Savior of the Gentiles, as well. Luke compiled his account from first-hand eyewitnesses and it can be thoroughly trusted.


CHAPTERS 1-24



CHAPTER 2



CHAPTER 3 (Verse 4)



CHAPTER 15 (Verses 11-32)



CHAPTER 19 (Verses 37-40)


JOHN


The Apostle John writes his gospel account to proclaim that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh and has come down from the Father as a gift of love to a world lost in sin. Jesus is repeatedly equated with Yahweh in numerous "I am" statements and His claims are confirmed by powerful miracles. Salvation will come to all of those who believe in Him.


CHAPTERS 1-21



CHAPTER 1 (Verse 29)



CHAPTER 3



CHAPTER 8 (Verse 58)



CHAPTER 14





CHAPTER 19 (Verses 28-30)


ACTS


In the Book of Acts, the Christian historian Luke sets out to complete the work he began in his gospel account. Luke carefully and chronologically describes exactly what happened in the early Church after Jesus ascended to Heaven. Christ sends the Holy Spirit to indwell the Believers gathered on Pentecost in Jerusalem and then the Christian faith begins spreading rapidly around the world. A violent and hate-filled man named Saul who is persecuting the early Christians, encounters the risen and glorified Christ on the road to Damascus. Christ declares to him that he will become the foremost apostle to the Gentiles. Upon believing the message, Saul is converted to Christianity and later undertakes numerous missionary journeys around the Mediterranean region as the grace-filled and obedient Paul. In the fifteenth chapter of Acts, the original apostles meet with Paul and Barnabas, and all agree that the Gentiles do not need to follow the Law of Moses because they are saved through faith (as are the believing Jews).


CHAPTER 2



CHAPTER 4 (Verses 12; 18-20)



ROMANS


The first epistle in the New Testament was written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Rome. It is perhaps the clearest and most thorough demonstration of the Gospel in the Bible. Paul begins the letter by describing how all human beings are separated from God by sin. Death is the end result of sin and humans are incapable of being good enough to measure up to God. Then Paul reveals "a righteousness that is by faith" - in other words a righteousness that is given as a free gift when someone believes that Jesus Christ died for their sins and rose again. Those who have a genuine faith in Christ have the Holy Spirit and those who have the Holy Spirit are the children of God.


CHAPTER 3 (Verses 10-12; 21-31)




CHAPTER 5 (Verses 6-11)



CHAPTER 8 (Verses 31-39)


1 CORINTHIANS


The Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthian church, which is fractured through internal disputes and sinful behavior. Believers were mistreating other Believers and using grace as an excuse to indulge in sinful behavior. Paul corrects the church, encouraging its members to reconcile and love one another. He also reminds the Believers there that though they are saved by grace through the forgiveness of sins found only in Christ, they should live holy, counter-cultural lives that honor God. In the fifteenth chapter, Paul gives the clearest description of the Gospel in the entire Bible, which he calls "of first importance", which is that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and physically rose back to life again. The resurrected Christ was seen by more than 500 people. Paul also reveals a mystery to the Corinthians, which is the rapture of the Church - that some living Christians will not experience death, but will be changed into their immortal bodies instantly.


CHAPTERS 1-2



CHAPTER 3 (Verses 16-17)



CHAPTER 12 (Verses 12-31)



CHAPTER 15 (Verses 3-4; 12-20; 51-57)




2 CORINTHIANS


In his second epistle to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul defends his authority as a God-appointed apostle and encourages the church there to offer forgiveness and reconciliation to one another. Paul proclaims that the new covenant in Christ is far superior to the old covenant of the law and that Christians should walk by faith, knowing that our current troubles are only temporary and soon we will experience the eternal glory of Heaven, which far outweighs our troubles. Believers should keep their focus on the invisible and eternal things, rather than earthly things. God's grace is sufficient for us while we endure these present troubles.


CHAPTER 4 (Verses 16-18)



CHAPTER 5



CHAPTER 12


GALATIANS


The Apostle Paul writes to the churches in the region of Galatia with a righteous anger because false teachers have crept into the churches and begun twisting the Gospel by teaching that faith in Christ is not sufficient for salvation. The unbelievers masquerading as Believers are teaching that Christians must also follow the laws in the Old Testament. Paul firmly corrects the error by reminding the churches that Christ was the one who completely fulfilled the law and faith alone is all that is required for salvation. Through our faith in Christ we become adopted by God as His children and are liberated from our bondage to the law and to sin. We are now free.


CHAPTER 1 (Verses 1-5)



CHAPTER 5 (Verses 1-26)


EPHESIANS


In this letter, Christians are reminded by the Apostle Paul that they have a new identity in Christ and they should live in a way that conforms to that new identity. Believers are saved by grace through their faith in Christ and not by works or good deeds, but they should do good works to honor their identity - for they were created by God to do good works.


CHAPTER 1 (Verses 18-23)



CHAPTER 2 (Verses 1-10; 11-22)




CHAPTER 3 (Verses 16-19)


PHILIPPIANS


The Believers in the early Philippian church were under great persecution for their faith and were greatly discouraged, but were working diligently to share the Gospel and to obey the will of God no matter what. The Apostle Paul writes to them to commend them for their faith and good deeds and to encourage them to be joyful in the midst of their difficult circumstances because their salvation and reconciliation with God give them great reason to rejoice. Paul tells them that Christ is the ultimate demonstration of humility through the Incarnation (God becoming a man) and they should emulate Him, doing nothing for selfish reasons and never grumbling about their difficulties.


CHAPTER 1 (Verse 21)



CHAPTER 2 (Verses 9-11)



CHAPTER 3 (Verses 7-11)


COLOSSIANS


In the epistle to the Colossians, the Apostle Paul commends the church there for their faith and calls them to live lives worthy of the LORD, who has forgiven all of their sins through His Son. Paul declares emphatically that Jesus Christ is more than just the Messiah - He is truly God and has supremacy over all things. In fact, Christ is said to have created all things. Paul reminds the Church of the simple Gospel message that Jesus died to reconcile us to God and then He rose again and if we hold firm to our faith until the end we will appear before God as holy and free from any accusation.


CHAPTER 2 (Verses 13-15)



CHAPTER 3 (Verses 1-4; 16)



1 THESSALONIANS


This is the Apostle Paul's first epistle to the church in Thessalonica. He commends the Thessalonian church for their faith, hope, and love, and encourages them to grow in these areas even more. Paul tells the Church that before Christ returns, all the Believers who have died will be resurrected and together with living Believers they will all be "caught up" or raptured into the sky to meet Christ. From that point forward, the Church will always be with the LORD.


CHAPTER 4 (Verses 16-17)



CHAPTER 5 (Verses 23-28)


2 THESSALONIANS


A rumor had been spreading from false teachers that the rapture had already happened and the Day of the LORD had already begun.  The Apostle Paul corrects the false rumor and reminds the Thessalonians that the Tribulation will not begin until the Church is gathered to Christ and then the man of lawlessness (the Antichrist) is revealed. The Church is called to stand firm in their faith as they long for the day of Christ's appearing and look for His return.

1 TIMOTHY


In the Apostle Paul's first epistle to Timothy, he tells Timothy to fight the false teachings that were rising up in the Church. He tells Timothy to correctly distinguish between law and grace and outlines Christian standards for prayer, marriage, leadership, morality, discipline, and service.


2 TIMOTHY


Nearing the end of his life and knowing that his martyrdom for Christ is near, the Apostle Paul writes to his protégé Timothy, telling him that the path ahead will be difficult, but Timothy must persevere in defending the message of the Gospel. Timothy is told that the entire Bible is true and is "God-breathed" and should be used for "teaching, rebuking, admonishing, and training in righteousness." Timothy is reminded that apostasy will come in the Church, but he must stand firm, always being ready to preach the Gospel to all.


CHAPTER 1 (Verse 9)



CHAPTER 2 (Verses 1-13)


TITUS


Titus is a convert through the Apostle Paul and Paul has left him in Crete to establish orderly and godly churches there. The Cretan culture at that time was known for its deceit, gluttony, and laziness and Paul wants Titus to remind the churches that because Believers are saved by God's grace apart from works or good deeds, they should be motivated to be godly and counter-cultural because of God's great mercy and kindness. Paul tells Titus to appoint godly leaders in the churches to help in this endeavor and he lists the qualifications that they need to have.


CHAPTER 3 (Verses 3-7)


PHILEMON


The Apostle Paul writes a letter to his fellow Believer, Philemon, whose slave Onesimus had run away. In their ancient culture runaway slaves were severely punished and even killed. After running away, Onesimus crossed paths with Paul and heard and accepted the Gospel and now Paul is doing something incredible and asking for something even more incredible: he is having Onesimus return to Philemon as an appeal to grace and is asking Philemon to receive Onesimus no longer as a slave, but as a full-fledged brother in Christ.


CHAPTER 1


HEBREWS


The book of Hebrews was written to encourage Believers to hold fast to their confession of faith without wavering. The unknown author of the letter tells us to stir one another up to love and good deeds and we are reminded of those in the Old Testament who did mighty works by faith. The author also tells us that Jesus Christ is superior to all created things, including the angels. We are surrounded by a "great cloud of witnesses" that have gone before us and our real home and eternal destination is the heavenly city of God.


CHAPTER 1 (Verses 1-4)



CHAPTER 2 (Verses 5-18)



CHAPTER 4 (Verses 14-16)



CHAPTER 12 (Verses 18-24)


JAMES


James, one of the leaders of the Church in Jerusalem and likely the brother of Jesus, writes to the Jews in the Diaspora to remind them that there is a difference between claiming to have faith in God and actually having a genuine faith. While other writers of the New Testament make clear that Believers are saved through faith alone and not by works, James wants to make clear that the type of faith that saves is a faith that works. He also reminds the Jews that if they think they can be justified by the law and not the grace of Christ, they need to remember that breaking even a single commandment makes one guilty of breaking the whole law - a standard that only Jesus Himself could live up to.


CHAPTER 1 (Verses 16-17)



CHAPTER 4 (Verses 5-8)


1 PETER


In his first epistle, the Apostle Peter tells Believers that the earth is not their home and that is one of the reasons they are suffering and being persecuted for their faith. The Church is a holy nation and a royal priesthood of all Believers and God is developing the Church into a spiritual temple made up of "living stones".


CHAPTER 1 (Verses 3-9)


2 PETER


Knowing that he will soon be martyred for his faith, the Apostle Peter writes to the Church to remind them to stand firm in their faith and to produce evidence that they indeed believe in Jesus. He also reminds the Church that in the last days unbelievers will mock the Bible and deny not only Christ's return, but also the global flood that occurred in Noah's day.

1 JOHN


In the Apostle John's first epistle we learn that God's nature is love and that Believers can know that they have eternal life and our God's children. Christians must believe that Jesus is the Messiah and they must love one another. True Believers can be distinguished from those who are not children of God because they walk in the light and abide in the truth.  Believers are reminded that we should not walk in sin, but if we do sin, Jesus Christ is our advocate before the Father.


CHAPTER 4 (Verses 7-8; 9-11)



2 JOHN


The Apostle John writes his second epistle to remind the Believers that truth, obedience, and love are central to the Christian walk. Christians must always walk in the truth and as they do so, they will naturally be obedient to God. Deceivers have gone out who deny either the Incarnation or that Jesus is the Messiah and these deceivers do not have God. Believers who continue in the teaching of Christ have both the Father and the Son.

3 JOHN


In the Apostle John's third epistle, he writes to the Believer Gaius who is trying to show Christian hospitality in his local church, but he is opposed by the divisive and inhospitable Diotrephes. John takes sides with Gaius and is coming to Gaius' church to straighten things out.

JUDE


Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, writes to the early Believers encouraging them to contend earnestly for the Christian faith that had been handed down to them and not to distort or change it. He warns that unbelievers have snuck into the Church and are trying to distort the faith by denying Jesus and using God's grace as a license to do evil.


CHAPTER 1


REVELATION



Jesus Christ reveals to His Apostle John things that were, things that are, and things that are soon to come. The message is that God is sovereign over all things and that Jesus is returning soon. The world is full of sin and turmoil, but God has given Jesus Christ the authority to overthrow Satan, gather His Church, and reclaim rightful rule over the earth. After Jesus' return He will establish a millennial kingdom on earth followed by the creation of a new heaven and new earth.


CHAPTERS 1-22



CHAPTER 2 (Verses 1-5)



CHAPTER 4 (Verses 2-8)



CHAPTER 5



CHAPTER 7



CHAPTER 12 (Verses 10-11)



CHAPTER 19




CHAPTERS 20-22