NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES

nt201

Course NT201 - The Gospels
Required Subject - 4 Units

Lectures 1, 2 ‑“Matthew”
J. Vernon McGee, Th.D.

Lectures 3, 4 ‑“Mark”
Walter Wilson, M.D.

Lectures 5, 6 ‑“Luke”
Harold J. Ockenga, Ph.D.

Lectures 7, 8 ‑“John”
Merrill C. Tenney, Ph.D.

The Gospel of Matthew brings before us “The Kingdom of Heaven” or the rule of the Heavens over this earth. You will find Jesus presented as King, the one who fulfills Scripture, the Messiah. Of the increase of His kingdom there shall be no end! Mark presents the Lord Jesus Christ as the servant of God and the servant of men. He records the call from Christ to followers who would serve Him and the command of Christ to go and preach. Luke portrays Jesus as the perfect man and uses the term “Son of man.” Luke also shows that Jesus is not only a perfect human but the divine Son of God. The key verse of this gospel written by John is found in John 20:31. “But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through His name.” This is eternal life, that you might know Him, the only true God, Jesus Christ.”

nt202

Course NT202 - Dawning of the Church Acts & Epistles
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1, 2 ‑“Acts”
Michael S. Letinsky, Ph.D., Charles W. Anderson, D.D.

Lectures 3, 4 ‑“ Romans”
Howard W. Ferrin, LL.D.

Lectures 5, 6 ‑“I Corinthians”
John F. Walvoord, Th.D.

Lectures 7, 8 ‑“II Corinthians”
L. E. Maxwell

The Gospels reveal Jesus’ life and purpose; but with Jesus’ ascension, the focus of scripture turns to Jesus’ followers and to the beginnings of His church. This small band of faithful Christ followers spread and multiplied to impact much of the Roman world. By 60 A.D., the church was dawning brightly over the Roman Empire, and Jesus’ plan for world evangelism was well underway. How could so few impact so many? How could Christ’s followers, opposed by the might and resources of Rome, so affect the known world that their beliefs and teachings survived long after Rome fell? We will find the answers to these and other questions as we explore the biblical account of the “Dawning of the Church.” The emphasis of this course will be to highlight the people and events that shaped the formation of the early Church in the first century. The book of Acts describes the continuation of Jesus’ ministry through the Holy Spirit’s work in men and women of faith. As we understand how these men and women worked under the leading and anointing of the Holy Spirit we will discover timeless lessons for how we are to live and minister today. In our study of the book of Acts and the letters to the Roman and Corinthian churches, we see vivid pictures of how the church emerged and functioned. In the book of Acts, we will learn how the lives of people, nations, and world events shaped and formed the church - God’s chosen means of sharing Christ’s message of love and hope to the world. The lives and travels of the Apostles will come alive to us as we read and discuss how they overcame the challenges of establishing the newborn church. From our study of the book of Romans, we will discover how to apply the essential theology that undergirds our faith and lives as believers. In I & II Corinthians, we discover how believers lived out their lives together in the community of faith. These timeless principles of church organization, leadership and ministry provided the strength and vitality that propelled the early Church it into all the world. Learning how these principles worked then will not only strengthen, equip and inspire us, but should also challenge our current understanding and approaches to church life.

nt203

Course NT203 - Epistles Section 2
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1, 2 ‑“Galatians and Ephesians”
Arthur B. Whiting, Th.D.

Lectures 3, 4 ‑“Philippians and Colossians”
E. Schuyler English, Litt.D.

Lectures 5, 6 –“I and 11 Thessalonians”
John F. Walvoord, Th.D.

Lectures 7, 8 ‑“1 and 11 Timothy”
Harold Helms, Th.D.

Galatians is the declaration of the glorious freedom that Jesus has won for all believers. It defends the truth of justification by faith alone, which imparts to us incredible freedom in Jesus. Ephesians unfolds God's wonderful workmanship in fashioning a new and invisible spiritual organism designated as the body of Christ. It stresses true church unity. The purpose of Philippians is to give thanks to the believers at Philippi for a gift that they sent to Paul and to correct friction that existed there. Paul gives words concerning Christ as the believer's life, pattern, object, and strength. Colossians discloses the fact that Jesus Christ is the head of the body which is the church and emphasizes that it is in Him that all the fullness of the Godhead dwells. I and II Thessalonians contain a rich presentation of the truth of God designed for young believers. Paul writes about thanksgiving to God, the secret of effective Christian service, the believer's sanctification, and the coming of the Lord. Some believed that they were already in the tribulations of the day of the Lord. Paul corrects this misapprehension and encourages them to go on with the Lord. I and II Timothy are addressed to men who have the responsibility for the administration of local assemblies. These letters reveal God's will regarding doctrine, church administration and discipline.

 

nt204

Course NT204 - Epistles Section 3
Required Subject ‑ 4 Units

Lectures 1, 2 ‑“Titus and Philemon”
Frank E. Gaebelein, Litt.D.

Lectures 3, 4 ‑“Hebrews”
T. Leonard Lewis, Th.D.

Lecture 5 ‑“James”
Stephen W. Paine, Th.D.

Lectures 6, 7 ‑“I and II Peter”
E. Schuyler English, Litt.D.

Lectures 8, 9 ‑“I, 11, and III John”
William H. Wrighton, LL.D.

Lecture 10 ‑“Jude”
S. Maxwell Coder, D.D.

Lectures 11, 12 ‑“Revelation”
Merrill C. Tenney, Ph.D.

Paul put Titus in charge of the church in Crete and gave him this letter of instruction on how to do the work there. The letter to Philemon from Paul asked him to take back his runaway slave, Onesimus, who had met Paul and was converted to Christ. The author of Hebrews wrote in order to encourage and energize the Christian readers into a viable and active faith in Jesus. It appears they had begun to lose heart and were in danger of allowing unbelief to grow. James is a book that speaks of works. It teaches that we are saved by faith only, but saving faith never is alone. It is always accompanied by good works. I Peter's purpose is to strengthen and comfort those believers who are called upon to bear severe testing as a trial of their faith. II Peter warns against church leaders allowing sin in the church for the sake of monetary gain. Sin will bring blindness, and they will no longer look for the Lord. I, II and III John speak about fellowship, to not belittle the deity of Jesus, to live righteously by faith, to love one another, to resist false teachers, and to hold fast to the faith. Jude is devoted to the great apostasy of the last days and the conditions before the apocalyptic judgements fall. It brings to a climax all the teaching regarding apostasy. Revelation is a book of prophecy containing descriptions of unique animals, angels, demons, beasts, harlots, and brides. Christ remains a central figure throughout the books record of the ages. “Blessed is he that reads it and they that hear it and keeps those things that are written therein.”