Graceful Perseverance: The Bible, New Testament; Part 2 – 6/2
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 eleven through fifteen of the New Testament is Paul.
11th Book – Philippians: Chapters (1-4)
Purpose: To thank the Philippians for the gift they had sent Paul and to strengthen these believers by showing them that true joy comes from Jesus Christ alone.
Date Written: ~ 61 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”) from Rome during Paul’s imprisonment there.
Key Verse: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! – Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
Key People: Paul, Timothy, Epaphroditus, Euodia and Syntyche
12th Book – Colossians: Chapters (1-4)
Purpose: To combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ.
Date Written: ~ 60 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”) during Paul’s imprisonment in Rome.
Key Verse: For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. – Colossians 2:9-10 (NIV).
Key People: Paul, Timothy, Tychicus, Onesimus, Aristarchus, Mark and Epaphras
13th Book – 1 Thessalonians: Chapters (1-5)
Purpose: To strengthen the Thessalonian Christians in their faith and give them the assurance of Christ’s return.
Date Written: ~ 51 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”) from Corinth; one of Paul’s earliest letters.
Key Verse: For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. – 1 Thessalonians 4:14 (NIV).
Key People: Paul, Timothy and Silas
14th Book – 2 Thessalonians: Chapters (1-3)
Purpose: To clear up the confusion about the second coming of Christ.
Date Written: ~ 51 or 52 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”), a few months after the 1 Thessalonians, from Corinth.
Key Verse: May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. – 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NIV).
Key People: Paul, Silas and Timothy
15th Book – 1 Timothy: Chapters (1-6)
Purpose: To give encouragement and instruction to Timothy, a young leader.
Date Written: ~ 64 A.D. (From the Latin word annō Dominī – stands for “In the year of the Lord”) from Rome or Macedonia (possibly Philippi), probably just prior to Paul’s final imprisonment in Rome.
Key Verse: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV).
Key People: Paul and Timothy
Let’s recap. This week we covered the next five books (11-15) of the New Testament (Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians and 1 Timothy).
Next week I will pick up with 2 Timothy (16th 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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