Graceful Perseverance: The Bible, New Testament; Part 2 – 5/26
Welcome to this week’s blog. For the next few weeks, I will continue to focus on my favorite book, the Bible.
This week I will continue with part two of the Bible, the New Testament (the Bible, Part 2). I will identify the purpose of each book, the author of each book, the date written, key verses and key people involved to help give you a better understanding of the Bible before you dive into it on your own.
When you open your Bible, you will find the New Testament has 27 books, starting with Matthew (28 chapters) and ending with Revelation (22 chapters). To date, I’ve completed the overview of the Old Testament, 39 books, Genesis (50 chapters) and ending with Malachi (4 chapters).
If you wish to revisit any of the Old Testament blogs, you can find them on my website: https://www.thewitnesstoday.com/blog-archives.
The author and compiler of books six through ten of the New Testament is Paul.
6th Book – Romans: Verses (1-16)
Purpose: To introduce Paul to the Romans, and to give a sample of his message before he arrives in Rome.
Date Written: ~ 57 A.D. (After Death) from Corinth, as Paul was preparing for his visit to Jerusalem.
Key Verse: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:1 (NIV).
Key People: Paul and Phoebe
7th Book – 1 Corinthians: Chapters (1-16)
Purpose: To identify problems in the Corinthian Church, to offer solutions, and to teach the believers how to live for Christ in a corrupt society.
Date Written: ~ 55 A.D. (After Death)
Key Verse: I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. – 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV).
Key People: Paul, Timothy and members of Chloe’s household
8th Book – 2 Corinthians: Chapters (1-13)
Purpose: To affirm Paul’s ministry, defend his authority as an apostle, and refute the false teachers in Corinth.
Date Written: ~ 55-57 A.D. (After Death) from Macedonia
Key Verse: We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV).
Key People: Paul, Timothy, Titus and false teachers
9th Book – Galatians: Chapters (1-6)
Purpose: To refute the Judaizers (who taught that Gentile believers must obey the Jewish law in order to be saved), and to call Christians to faith and freedom in Christ.
Date Written: ~ 49 A.D. (After Death) from Antioch, prior to Jerusalem council (50 A.D.).
Key Verse: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1 (NIV).
Key People: Paul, Peter, Barnabas, Titus, Abraham and false teachers
10th Book – Ephesians: Chapters (1-6)
Purpose: To strengthen the believers in Ephesus in their Christian faith by explaining the nature and purpose of the church, the body of Christ.
Date Written: ~ 60 A.D. (After Death)
Key Verse: There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. – Ephesians 4:4-6 (NIV).
Key People: Paul and Trychicus
Let’s recap. This week we covered the next five books (6-10) of the New Testament (Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians and Ephesians). Next week I will pick up with Philippians (11h Book) in the New Testament with the same format.
I am hoping you find this format an easy, quick overview of each chapter.
Blessings until next week,
Debra Pauli Unstoppable Believer
Scripture Quoted From: New International Version Bible (NIV)
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