Beginning February 19, we will be exploring the Themes of the New Testament on Sunday mornings. We will spend eight weeks digging into the New Testament looking at what God has to teach us about Himself and how He wants to empower us to live the life He has called us to live.
That is where we will be going on Sundays, but in the meantime here are some interesting facts about the New Testament. There are 27 Books in the New Testament written by 9 different authors who were inspired by God to write.
The New Testament was written over a 50 year period. The earliest book was written by Paul in about 40 AD. Then the latest book, the last book of the Bible, Revelation, was written by John in about 90 AD. The common language of the day was Greek, so the original language of the New Testament was primarily Greek.
The central theme of the New Testament is Jesus is the Messiah. The word Messiah is actually the Hebrew translation of the Greek word ‘Christ.’ Jesus is the Christ. And Christ literally means the anointed one. Jesus is the one sent from God and is the one and only begotten Son of God.
Even though the New Testament consists of 27 books, written by 9 different authors, over a 50 year period, in the Greek language, it is unique in its focus. Everything in the New Testament points us to the fact that Jesus is the Christ.
As we explore some of the major themes of the New Testament in this series, since we are talking about the New Testament, I want to challenge you to read through the New Testament with me.
Plan on joining us for this season of spiritual growth. And as you do, I want to encourage you with Paul’s words for Ephesians, because this is my prayer for all of you, — I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Ephesians 1:16-18 (NLT)
As we work our way through the New Testament, what I believe will happen is that you will learn more about God than you ever learned before. And you’ll learn more about yourself and our world than you have ever learned before.
Peace and Blessing,