A Survey of New Testament History provides a broad, chronological overview of the events mentioned in the New Testament. It shows how the various incidents recorded in the Gospels and the book of Acts fit into God’s overall plan to redeem mankind. The first chapter explores how God prepared the world for Christ’s coming. Chapters 2 through 7 are a synopsis of the life, ministry and teaching of Christ. Chapters 8 through 17 are an overview of the history of the early church, the issues it faced, and the incredible growth and progress it made. They also include a brief synopsis of each of the 27 books of the New Testament. Chapter 18 provides an overview of the 4 major schools of interpretation of the book of Revelation plus a brief discussion of its meaning. A special appendix compares and contrasts the book of Revelation to the book of Genesis. The volume also contains 10 maps.
The 18 chapters in this survey emphasize practical lessons and applications which are relevant to us today. Our world shares several similarities to the world into which Christ was born. An understanding of His world can give us a fresh look at our own. The church today faces many of the same stresses and challenges as the early church. Looking at how the first believers overcame their struggles and questions can encourage and inspire us.
A Survey of New Testament History is suitable for use in groups as well as by individuals. Each of the studies has been tested in the classroom.