June 18, 2012
Summary of the books of the New Testament Book
The book of Luke is a Gospel that contains narrative, genealogy, sermons, parables, and some Prophetic oracles. Luke begins by telling us about Jesus’s parents (Mary & Joseph); the birth of His cousin, John the Baptist; Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, where Jesus is born in a manager, a common Christmas story, yet always fascinating; and the genealogy of Christ through Mary. Jesus’ public ministry reveals His prefect compassion and forgiveness through the stories of the prodigal son, the rich man and Lazarus, and the Good Samaritan. While many believe in this unprejudiced love that surpasses all human limits, many others especially the religious leaders challenge and oppose the claims of Jesus. Christ’s followers are encouraged to count the cost of discipleship, while His enemies seek His death on the cross. Passover arrives, and Jesus celebrates the traditional Seder meal with his disciples. Finally, Jesus is betrayed by one of his own (Judas Iscariot), He is tried, sentenced and crucified. Joseph of Arimathea buries him. On the third day some female followers of Jesus, including Mary Magdalene, go to his gravesite but find him gone. He resurrected and arose from the grave as He had miraculously raised others during His ministry.
The genre of the book of Acts is narrative, with several Sermons. The book of Acts gives the history of the Christian church and the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ, ad well the mounting opposition to it. Although many faithful servants were used to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul was the most influential. Before he converted, Paul took great pleasure in persecuting and killing Christians. Stephen is falsely accused and stoned to death while he preaches to the religious leaders. As Stephen was dying he prayed to Jesus Christ. Stephen’s executioners laid their robes at the feet of the young persecutor...