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INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT 4

THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 7

THE BOOK OF MARK 10

THE BOOK OF LUKE 12

THE BOOK OF JOHN 15

THE BOOK OF ACTS 17

THE BOOK OF ROMANS 20

THE BOOK OF FIRST CORINTHIANS 23

THE BOOK OF SECOND CORINTHIANS 25

THE BOOK OF GALATIANS 27

THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS 29

THE BOOK OF PHILIPPIANS 31

THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS 33

THE BOOK OF FIRST THESSALONIANS 35

THE BOOK OF SECOND THESSALONIANS 37

THE BOOK OF FIRST TIMOTHY 39

THE BOOK OF SECOND TIMOTHY 41

THE BOOK OF TITUS 43

THE BOOK OF PHILEMON 45

THE BOOK OF HEBREWS 47

THE BOOK OF JAMES 49

THE BOOK OF FIRST PETER 51

THE BOOK OF SECOND PETER 53

THE BOOK OF FIRST JOHN 55

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THE BOOK OF SECOND JOHN 57

THE BOOK OF THIRD JOHN 59

THE BOOK OF JUDE 61

THE BOOK OF REVELATION 63

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INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT

I. NEW TESTAMENT OVERVIEW


A. It naturally divides itself. (Matthew 1:21-23, 2:16-18, 4:13-14)
B. The dominating idea of the New Testament is fulfillment.
C. Records the initiation of Christ’s public ministry. (Matthew 3:15; Mark 3:15; Luke 4:21)
1. All this is happening to fulfill.
2. The disciples had found the Anointed One they had read about in the Old Testament.
3. The Christ of the New Testament is the answer to the Old Testament.
D. Without the New Testament the bible is a book of –
1. Unexplained Ceremonies. (5 books of law)
2. Unachieved Purposes. (12 historical books)
3. Unappeased Longings. (5 books of poetry)
4. Unfulfilled Prophecies. (17 books of prophecy)
E. The new completes the old.

FOUR
PASTORAL EPISTLES

TIMOTHY – PHILEMON

NINE NINE
CHRISTIAN HEBREW CHRISTIAN
CHURCH EPISTLES CHURCH EPISTLES
THE
ROMANS – II THESSALONIANS HEBREWS – REVELATION
LAMB
BEGINS WITH A GREAT BEGINS WITH A GREAT
DOCTRINAL OF GOD DOCTRINAL
TREATISE TREATISE

FIVE
HISTORICAL BOOKS

THE MATTHEW MARK LUKE JOHN

THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

THE FOUNDATION

THE NEW TESTAMENT FORMS AN ARCHWAY OF WRITTEN TRUTH

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II. THE GOSPEL RECORDS


A. Why are there four gospel records?
1. For content –
a) The four records give us a full description of Christ that is complete and heart
satisfying.
b) To show four different portraits of Christ. [As seen in Ezekiel]
c) More than one view of Christ is needed to express His true nature.
2. For communication –
a) They are directed toward different audiences.
b) To specific people groups and to all people as a whole.
3. For clarity –
a) Though each record may stand alone together they clarify and complete one
another.
4. For confirmation –
a) These records are four independent witnesses verifying the same truths without
contradictions.
5. For quantity –
1) Half of the New Testament.
1) Emphasis is placed on the gospel records.
2) 89 chapter from Matthew through John.
3) 4 chapters deal with Christ’s 30 years.
4) 85 chapters deal with the last 3 years.
2) Emphasis is on His public ministry.
1) 27 chapters deal with the last eight days or passion week of His life.
2) Scripture parallels.
3) Four is the number of the earth.

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COMPARISONS OF THE GOSPEL RECORDS

MATTHEW MARK LUKE JOHN

KING OF THE JEWS OBEDIENT SERVANT THE PERFECT MAN THE DIVINE SON

LION OX MAN EAGLE

SON OF DAVID NO GENEALOGY SON OF MAN SON OF GOD

JEWS ROMANS GREEKS WORLD

TEACHINGS MIRACLES PARABLES CONVERSATIONS

THE TWELVE APOSTLES

SIMON PETER PHILIP THADDEUS

ANDREW THOMAS SIMON

JAMES MATTHEW JUDAS

JOHN JAMES (ALPHEUS) BARTHOLOMEW

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THE BOOK OF MATTHEW


JESUS CHRIST, THE KING OF THE JEWS

I. AUTHOR
A. Matthew – Gift of God.
1. Also known as Levi.
2. Publican – Tax collector for Rome.
3. His introduction to Christ. (9:9-11)
4. His remembers who he was. (10:2-3)
5. He was a man of wealth who left all to follow Christ.

II. DATE
A. AD 50
1. First gospel record written.
2. Written particularly to a Jewish audience.

III. THEME
A. The promised King.
1. After 400 years of no open revelation, there needed to be a written declaration of the
person of Christ.
2. To the Jews first then also to the Gentiles.
3. The Jews were looking for a King to take them away from the Roman Empire.
B. Matthew’s declaration is two-fold.
1. He is the King of the Jews.
a) The Son of David. (2:1-2)
(1) Referring more to His linage.
(2) Herod knew all about this prophecy.
2. Redeemer of the world.
a) The Son of Abraham. (Genesis 12:1-3)
(1) Christ being born, the Son of God and Abraham, is the blessing to all people.

IV. KEY WORDS


A. King. (20x)

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B. Kingdom. (56x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Matthew 1:21 – And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for
he shall save his people from their sins.

VI. OUTLINE
A. The detour in Galilee.
1. What Jesus taught. (5-7)
2. What Jesus wrought. (8-10)
3. What people thought. (11-18)
B. The climax in Judea.
1. The presentation. (19-25)
2. The crucifixion. (26-27)
3. The resurrection. (28)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. The portrait of a Lion.
B. Matthew emphasized the great sermons of Christ.
1. Sermon on the Mount. (5-7)
a) Thesis (5:20)
b) Setting –
(1) Jesus.
(2) The disciples.
(3) A mixed congregation.
2. The Beatitudes –
a) Salt of the earth.
b) Murder and anger.
c) Temptation.
d) Divorce.
e) Forgiveness.
f) Loving enemies.
g) Giving.
h) Prayer.

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i) Fasting.
j) Treasures in heaven.
k) Worry.
l) Judging.
m) Asking and receiving.
n) False prophets.
o) Foundations.
3. Parables of the Kingdom. (13)
4. The Woes to the Pharisees. (23:13-39)
a) All damnation is bad.
b) What they were doing with their hypocrisy was blinding people to hell. (23:24-28,
33, 37)
5. Olivet Discourse. (24-25)
6. Key. (24:3)
a) When shall these things be?
b) What shall be the sign of your coming?
7. The first mention of the Church. (16:13-18)
a) Christ is the head of the Church.
b) Christ is the builder of the Church.
(1) Men do not build Churches.
8. The genealogy of Christ. (1:1-17)
a) Joseph’s Lineage.
b) The Scripture protects the birth of Christ.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. Emmanuel. (1:22-23)
B. Greater than Jonah and Solomon. (12:41-42)

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THE BOOK OF MARK


JESUS CHRIST, THE LOWLY SERVANT

I. AUTHOR
A. Mark.
1. The cousin of Barnabas.
2. His mother was named Mary.
3. Likely the youngest of the writers.

II. DATE
A. AD 68
1. Probably written in Rome.

III. THEME
A. Christ the suffering servant.
1. Mark stresses the works and actions of Christ rather than the teachings of Christ.
a) The Roman readers were doers before they were thinkers.
2. Mark declared that Christ’s works declared who He was. (2:10)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. And. (1286x)
B. Straightway. (19x)
C. Immediately. (17x)

V. KEY VERSES
A. Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister,
and to give his life a ransom for many.
B. Mark 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature.

VI. OUTLINE
A. The mighty works. (1:1-8:30)
B. The tragic enigma. (8:31-15:47)

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C. The finale. (16)


1. Risen. (16:1-8)
2. Appearing. (16:9-18)
3. Ascending. (16:19)
4. Working. (16:20)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. The portrait of a Ox.
B. Shortest gospel record – Even the stories are condensed.
C. The nativity and genealogy of Christ are not given.
D. Many miracles emphasized Christ’s power in action –
1. Power over nature. (4:35-41)
2. Power over demons. (5:1-20)
3. Power over death. (5:21-43)
4. Power over disease. (5:25-34)
5. Power to delegate His power. (6:7)

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. The Holy One of God. (1:4)
B. The Son of the Most High. (5:1)
C. Our Ransom. (10:5)

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THE BOOK OF LUKE


JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF MAN

I. AUTHOR
A. Luke –
1. The beloved physician.
2. He was a Gentile who wrote particularly to the Gentiles and individually to one man
by the name of Theophilus.
3. He is a writer of details.
a) He put everything in a order that Theophilus would understand.

II. DATE
A. AD 60
1. Luke’s first treatise. [Acts is his later treatise]

III. THEME
A. Behold the Man.
1. We never want to emphasize Christ’s humanity without also showing His deity.
2. He is the God-Man.
a) Luke knew all about the human body.
b) If Christ did not take on a human body, He could not die for our sins.
c) He is the Meditator between God and man.
B. The proof of Christ’s humanity.
1. This book is written proof of His birth, boyhood, and manhood. (1:31, 2:37, 52,
4:16-22)
2. He grew up with such normal humanity that people only thought of Him as Joseph’s
son. (notice the normality)
C. The perfection into His humanity. (23:4)
1. The Greeks were all about humanity, so they were interested in the perfect man. That
was their goal.
2. Jesus Christ is first our Savior, but He is also our supreme example.
a) People die and go to hell trying to be like Christ.
b) He is our example for life.

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D. The purpose of His humanity.


1. To provide redemption.
2. He took on humanity with a purpose. (9:51)
3. He knew why He was born. (22:37)
E. To prove Himself to be the faithful High Priest. (Hebrews 2:9, 14, 16-18)
1. The High Priest went before God as a representative of the children of Israel.
2. He is a faithful High Priest who gives us peace. (24:18, 32)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Son of Man. (25x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Luke 19:10 – For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Good tidings – A Saviour. (1:1-4:13)
B. In the spirit – Galilee. (4:14-9:50)
C. He set His face – Jerusalem. (9:51-19:44)
D. This is the heir – Kill Him. (19:45-27:66)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. The portrait of a Man.
B. Luke gives great attention to detail.
1. Historical.
2. Medical.
3. Biographical.
a) He uses more terminology about Christ’s genealogy than Matthew.
C. Emphasis is given to the universal need of salvation.
1. God’s plan for all time has been the universal offering of salvation to all people. (3:6)
2. The great joy came to all people. (2:10)
D. Emphasis is laid on Christ’s sympathy on those typically overlooked.
1. The Poor –
a) Don’t do things for those you know will give you something back. (14:12-13,
16:19-20)

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2. Women.
3. Outcasts –
a) Christ receives her worship. (7:36-39)
b) True Christ likeness is speaking to the outcasts.
E. In His humanity, Christ dependence on God is shown in two ways –
1. In His need for prayer.
a) Prayer is all throughout the book of Luke.
b) It is a habit of the true Christian life. (5:16, 6:12, 9:18, 28-29, 11:1)
c) Christ provided for us the greatest example of prayer. (22:44)
2. In His need for the Holy Spirit.
a) The Holy Spirit has everything to do with the coming of Jesus Christ.
F. Luke records the genealogy of Christ through the line of Mary.
1. Jesus of Nazareth. (4:34)
2. A Light to the Gentiles. (2:32)
3. The Friend of sinners. (7:34) [derogatory]
a) He starts with Jesus and goes backwards because Luke is emphasizing His
humanity.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. Jesus of Nazareth. (4:34)
B. A Light to the Gentiles. (2:32)
C. Friend of sinners. (7:34)

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THE BOOK OF JOHN


JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD

I. AUTHOR
A. John of Zebedee –
1. The brother of James. [the other son of thunder]
2. Formally a fisherman.
3. The disciple Jesus loved. (21:20) [beloved]
4. That other disciple. (20:3-4) [indirect references]

II. DATE
A. AD 85
1. The last of the gospel records to be written.

III. THEME
A. That ye might believe. (20:31)
1. Every word is selected and directed towards securing a verdict – Personal faith in
Jesus Christ.
B. The Deity of Christ.
1. The eternal God.
2. The express image of God. (1:17-18)
3. Christ is equal with God the Father. (10:30)
a) How Jesus is equal to God. (5:17)
4. Christ is exclusively the Savior of the World. (1:29, 5:39-40)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Believe. (98x)
B. World. (78x)
C. My Father. (35x)
D. Glorified. (42x)
E. Know. (55x)
F. Verily / Verily. (25x)

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V. KEY VERSE
A. John 20:31 – But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son
of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Prologue. (1:1-18)
B. The public ministry of Jesus to the Jews. (1:19-12:50)
C. The private ministry of Jesus to His own. (13:1-17:26)
D. The physical climax – Tragedy and triumph. (18:1-20:31)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. The portrait of a Eagle.
B. John takes us back to eternity past.
C. Inexpressible truth is clothed in the simplest words.
• 75% of the words in John are only one syllable and four letters or less.
D. John lays emphasis on Christ’s conversations rather than His teachings.
E. John records personal appeals to believe in Christ.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. The Bread of life.
B. The Light of the world.
C. The Door of the sheep.
D. The good Shepherd.
E. The Resurrection and the Life.
F. The Way, the Truth, and the Life.
G. The true Vine.
H. The Word.

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THE BOOK OF ACTS


THE BEGINNING OF THE CHURCH

I. AUTHOR
A. Luke.
1. Second treatise written to Theophilus.
2. Paul is in prison and near death, Luke has been with him throughout many of his
journeys.
3. He heard firsthand of all that went on.

II. DATE
A. AD 62
1. Probably written from Rome because Luke lived with Paul.

III. THEME
A. The continuing Christ.
1. Some may entitle this book – The acts of the continuing of Christ.
2. How does Christ’s work continue in His physical absence?
a) Through the power of the Holy Spirit. (1:8)
(1) On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit empowered the believers.
b) Through local churches. (2:41)
B. Two keynotes –
1. Evangelism – The proclamation of the gospel.
2. Church-planting – The establishment of local churches. (14:19-23)
a) They preached the gospel.
b) They taught others.
c) They confirmed the souls of the disciples.
d) They exhorted them.
e) They ordained elders.
f) They prayed with fasting.
g) They commended them to the Lord.

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IV. KEY WORDS


A. Witness. (10x)
B. Apostles. (30x)
C. Power. (11x)
D. Church. (18x)
E. Holy Spirt / Holy Ghost. (70x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and
unto the uttermost part of the earth.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Renewed offer to the Jews of the homeland. (2-12)
B. Renewed offer to the Jews of the dispersion. (13-27)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Special divisions in the book of Acts.
1. Geographical –
a) Jerusalem. (1-7)
b) Judea and Samaria. (8-12)
c) Uttermost parts of the earth. (13-28)
2. Churches –
a) Jerusalem. (1-12)
b) Antioch. (13-26)
c) Rome. (27-28)
3. Characters –
a) Peter. (1-12)
b) Paul. (13-28)
B. Remember that Acts is a transition period.
1. These events happened before we had the finished written Word of God.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. The Lord Jesus Christ.

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1. Christ’s full title. (5x)


a) Used for the first time in this book. (16:21)
2. Why this title?
a) Lord meaning in position and authority.
b) Jesus is speaking of His incarnation and humanity.
c) Christ is speaking of His deity/redemption.
B. The Prince of Life. (3:15)

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THE BOOK OF ROMANS


GOD’S SALVATION FOR SINNERS

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. A servant of Jesus Christ.
2. Bond slave / willing servant.
B. Called to be an Apostle.
1. God gave him this particular office.
C. Separated unto the gospel of God.
1. This is never said of any other man.
a) He knew Jewish legalism.
b) He knew the Roman way of life.
c) He knew Hellenistic Greek culture.
d) He was uniquely prepared for all of this.

II. DATE
A. AD 56
1. Written from Corinth, Paul expresses his desire to meet them in Rome. (1:13-15,
15:22-28)

III. THEME
A. Righteousness By Faith In Jesus Christ (1:18-19, 3:22)
1. Its the only option for escaping the wrath of God.
B. The greatest doctrinal treatise of salvation.
1. The why of Salvation. (1:3)
a) Because we are all condemned in sin.
2. The way of Salvation.
a) It is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by works. (4:1-5)
C. The work of Salvation.
1. It tells what salvation accomplishes.

IV. KEY WORDS

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A. Faith. (39x)
B. Righteousness. (39x)
C. Grace. (24x)
D. All. (54x)
E. Spirit. (29x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Romans 1:16-17 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of
God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The
just shall live by faith.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Doctrinal – How the gospel saves the sinner. (1-8)
B. National – How the gospel relates to Israel. (9-11)
C. Practical – How the gospel bears on conduct. (12-15)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. In this book, we see a clear picture of the spiritual condition of Israel. (9-11)
1. Selected – Past. (9:6-29)
2. Rejected – Present. (9:30-10:21)
3. Accepted – Future. (11:1-36)
B. This book has a strategic position in the New Testament.
1. It is the doctrinal interpretation of the gospel presented and declared in Matthew to
Acts.
C. This epistle was delivered by a woman named Phebe. (16:1-2)
D. Paul speaks, as Moses did for Israel, to be accursed for them. He is the only other person
in Scripture to do this. (9:1-3)
E. Contains one of the greatest passages on salvation in the Bible. (10)

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is our righteousness. (10:3-4)
B. He is the propitiation for our sins. (3:24-25)
1. This means that Christ is the satisfaction for the angered holiness of God.

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C. He is the stumbling Stone and the Rock of offense. (9:33)

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THE BOOK OF FIRST CORINTHIANS


PROBLEMS IN THE EARLY CHURCH

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. This church in Corinth was in the midst of a very wicked city. (Acts 18:1-18)

II. DATE
A. AD 55
1. I & II Corinthians were written just prior to the book of Romans.

III. THEME
A. Carnal Christians. (3:1-3)
1. They are conducting themselves as old men.
a) To be fleshly.
b) The opposite of being spiritual.
2. Carnality will show itself in three ways –
a) Contention in the church family. (1:10-11)
b) In condoning of sin. (5:1-2)
c) Carelessness in worship and conduct. (8:9,12-13, 10:31-32, 11:17-28)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Spirit. (28x)
B. Body. (33x)
C. Gifts. (8x)
D. Cross. (2x)
E. Resurrection. (4x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. I Corinthians 15:57-58 – But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain
in the Lord.

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VI. OUTLINE
A. Reproof concerning schisms. (1-9)
B. Replies concerning problems. (7-15)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Key chapters –
1. Charity. (13)
a) The emphasis on charity. (13:1-2)
b) Charity is the one thing that gives value to Christian service.
2. Resurrection. (15)
a) The emphasis on the resurrection. (15:12-18)
B. Key subjects –
1. The preaching of the cross. (1:18-24, 9:16, 15:1)
2. Christian liberty. (9:19-23, 10:23, 33)
a) Not everything is expedient.
b) All things edify not.
3. Purity of the body. (6:13-20, 9:26-27)
4. The memorial supper. (11:17-34)
5. Tongues. (13:8-14:22)
★ This church did not have problems with hearsay but rather with carnality.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the power and wisdom of God.
B. He is the first fruits of them that sleep.
C. He is the last Adam. (15:45)

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THE BOOK OF SECOND CORINTHIANS


PAUL’S DEFENSE OF HIS LIFE AND MINISTRY

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. Written to the church at Corinth.
2. He wrote to the church again because he received one good report and one bad report.

II. DATE
A. AD 56-57

III. THEME
A. The ministry. (3:6, 9, 4:1-2, 5:20, 6:1)
1. Paul’s ministry is defended.
2. The believer’s ministry is described.
a) Every believer is a minister of Jesus Christ.

IV. KEY WORD


A. Glory. (28x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. II Corinthians 4:5 – For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and
ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Paul’s account of his ministry. (1-5)
1. As to the motive.
2. As to the message.
B. Paul’s appeal to his converts. (6-9)
1. Concerning things spiritual. (6-7)
2. Concerning things material. (8-9)
C. Paul’s answer to his critics. (10-13)
1. The critics and their pretensions.

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2. The apostle and his credentials.

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Five keys to the ministry –
1. A complete view of the ministry. (6:4-10, 4:8-12)
2. A compassionate heart. (2:4, 4:15, 6:11, 11:2, 12:15)
3. A clear motive. (4:5-7, 5:14-15, 6:3, 10:18)
4. A concise message. (1:12, 5:21, 11:3-4) [Simplicity and godly sincerity]
5. A clean life. (6:14-7:1) [Flesh and spirit]

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. The Image of God. (4:4)
B. The Treasure in earthly vessels. (4:6-7)
C. God’s unspeakable Gift. (9:15)

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THE BOOK OF GALATIANS


SET FREE FROM BONDAGE

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. First epistle written.
2. Written to the churches of Galatia. (1:2)

II. DATE
A. AD 48

III. THEME
A. Liberty in Christ.
1. Free from the law. (2:16, 3:1-2, 4:9-11) [the penalty of sin]
2. Free from the dominion of the flesh. (2:20) [the power of sin]
3. Free from this present evil world. (1:4) [the presence of sin]

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Law. (31x)
B. Faith. (22x)
C. Free. (4x)
D. Liberty. (4x)
E. Flesh. (18x)
F. Spirit. (15x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Galatians 5:1 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and
be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

VI. OUTLINE
A. The authenticity of the gospel. (1-2)
B. The superiority of the gospel. (3-4)
C. The true liberty of the gospel. (5-6)

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VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. A strong relationship to the book of James.
1. These are the first two New Testament books written.
2. They both deal with works in relation to salvation.
B. Many sharp contrasts.
1. Law and cross.
2. Flesh and spirit.
3. Bondage and liberty.
C. Strong statements.
1. Every sentence is a thunderbolt.
D. A clean salvation message.
1. Faith without works.
2. Lacks any praise or commendation.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the One Who sets us free!
B. He is the Promised Seed. (3:19, 4:4)

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THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS


CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul
1. About 65 years old.
2. Imprisoned in Rome. [most likely on house arrest]
3. Written to the church at Ephesus. (Acts 19-20)

II. DATE
A. AD 61
1. Paul’s greatest prison masterpiece.

III. THEME
A. Union with Christ.
B. To encourage and instruct a young church in a wicked city.
1. Paul left in AD 55-56.
C. To teach the full truth of our union with Christ.
1. Paul uses three illustrations –
a) A body. (1:20-23)
b) A building. (2:19-22)
c) A bride. (5:22-23)
2. Never think of yourself apart from Jesus Christ.

IV. KEY WORDS


A. In Christ. (10x)
B. In Him. (2x)
C. Riches. (5x)
D. Heavenly places. (4x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Ephesians 2:8-10 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it
is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship,

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created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should
walk in them.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Our wealth in Christ. (1-3)
1. Unlimited riches.
a) Therefore…
B. Our walk in Christ. (4-6)
1. Unlimited responsibility.

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Ephesians is the grand canyon of Scripture.
1. Broader and deeper than any other New Testament book.
B. Paul’s prison prayers.
1. Prayer for enlightenment. (1:15-23)
2. Prayer for empowerment. (3:14-21)
C. The whole armor of God.
1. Girdle of truth.
2. Breastplate of righteousness.
3. Feet shod with the gospel of peace.
4. Shield of faith. [Satan is powerless against faith]
5. Helmet of salvation.
6. Sword of the Spirit.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the Head of the church.
B. He is the chief Cornerstone.
C. He is the Bridegroom that loves His church.

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THE BOOK OF PHILIPPIANS


REJOICING IN CHRIST

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. Written during his imprisonment in Rome.
2. He is sends Timothy and Epaphroditus.

II. DATE
A. AD 62-63
1. Written to the churches in Philippi.

III. THEME
A. Joy in Jesus Christ.
1. This book is Paul’s love letter to the Philippians –
a) Informal.
b) Affectionate.
c) Personal.
B. This book is written to encourage believers to give Christ His proper place and to find joy
in Him. (1:20-21)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Rejoice. (9x)
B. Joy. (6x)
C. In Christ. (8x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Christ our life. (1:21)
B. Christ our pattern. (2:5)
C. Christ our goal. (3:8-10)

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D. Christ our sufficiency. (4:6-7, 13)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. This book contains –
1. No Old Testament quotes.
2. No great doctrinal issues dealt with specifically.
3. 65 vocabulary words used only in Philippians.
B. More personal than Ephesians and more peaceful than Galatians.
C. Practical teaching, not a doctrinal treatise.
D. Three famous stories are attached to this book –
1. Lydia the seller of purple. (Acts)
2. Paul and Silas in prison.
3. The conversion of the Philippian jailer.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He became a servant. (2:7)
B. He is the One Who is highly exalted.
C. He is the One with the name above every name. (2:9)

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THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS


CHRIST IS ALL AND IN ALL

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. Written to the church at Colosse. (Tri-city)

II. DATE
A. AD 61
1. Written in Rome from prison.
2. Delivered by Tychicus and Onesimus.
a) Onesimus was the runaway slave that Paul won to the Lord.
(1) He may have carried the letter to Philippi.

III. THEME
A. Complete in Christ. (2:8-10)
1. Complete means lacking nothing. (2:10)
B. The all sufficiency of Christ.
1. If Christ is all we need in Heaven, He must be all we need on earth.
C. All the fullness of God is in Christ. (1:15-19; 2:9; 3:11)
D. All the fullness of Christ is for us. (1:27-29)
1. Beware of any philosophy that is not after Christ. (2:8)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. All. (16x)
B. Full / Fulness. (3x)
C. Complete. (2x)
D. Perfect. (2x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Colossians 1:8 – Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after
the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

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VI. OUTLINE
A. Doctrinal – That ye may be filled. (1-2)
B. Practical – That ye may walk worthily. (3-4)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Paul preaches the person of Christ in answer to false philosophies.
1. Jewish legalism. (2:11, 14, 16-17, 3:11)
2. Asceticism. (2:20-23)
3. Angel worship. (2:18)
4. The glorification of human knowledge. (2:3, 8, 18)
5. Paul presents the answer and the solution (1-2) before discussing the problems (3-4).

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the hope of glory. (1:27)
B. He has the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (2:3)
C. He is all the fullness of God. (1:19)
D. He is the spoiler of principalities and power. (2:14-15)

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THE BOOK OF FIRST THESSALONIANS


JESUS CHRIST IS COMING AGAIN

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. Paul and Silas planted this church in Thessalonica. (2:18 cf Acts 17:1-10)

II. DATE
A. AD 52
1. One of the earliest of Paul’s epistles.

III. THEME
A. Hope in Christ.
1. Paul remembered their work by faith.
2. Paul remembered their labor of love.
3. Paul remembered their patience of hope.
B. The main purpose for this letter is to correct misconceptions about the second coming.
(4:13-17)
C. The doctrine of the second coming of Christ when rightly understood brings two precious
possessions to the believer –
1. Hope. (4:13)
2. Comfort. (4:18)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Coming. (4x)
B. Comfort. (4x)
C. Hope. (4x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. I Thessalonians 4:16 – For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with
the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
first.

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VI. OUTLINE
A. Looking back – How they were saved. (1-3)
1. Exemplary conversion. (1)
2. Exemplary evangelism. (2)
3. Exemplary after-care. (3)
B. Looking on – How they should live. (4-5)
1. Conduct and calling. (4:1-12)
2. Comfort and challenge. (4:13-5:2)
3. Concord and constancy. (5:12-24)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. There are no Old Testament quotes - probably because they are all Gentiles.
1. The greatest Bible teaching on the rapture. (4:13-18)
a) Rapture means to be caught up.
B. Two phases to the second coming –
1. The Rapture – Christ’s coming in the clouds for the saints. [secret phase]
2. The Revelation – Christ coming to earth with the saints. [open phase]

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the coming Christ.
1. His coming is imminent. (5:1-6)

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THE BOOK OF SECOND THESSALONIANS


CHRIST HAS NOT COME YET

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. He wrote this epistle to the Thessalonians from Corinth just a few months after the
first epistle.

II. DATE
A. AD 52

III. THEME
A. Waiting and working.
1. Waiting – This is patience. (3:5)
2. Working – This is perseverance.
B. The sum of our task until Jesus comes is to work while we wait.
C. The Thessalonians thought their persecution was the Tribulation.

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Work. (7x)
B. Reveal.

V. KEY VERSE
A. II Thessalonians 2:15 – Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye
have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Comfort from the hope of Christ’s return. (1)
B. Caution on the time of Christ’s return. (2)
C. Command in light of Christ’s return. (3)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Key teaching on the antichrist. (2)

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1. The antichrist is not a system, he is a person.


a) Part of the evil trinity.
(1) Satan.
(2) Antichrist.
(3) False Prophet.
b) Titles –
(1) Man of sin. (2:3)
(2) Son of perdition. (2:3)
(3) The Wicked one. (2:8)
(4) He is Satan-controlled and exalts himself as God. (2:9-11)
c) Satan will empower him to do signs and lying wonders.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the coming Judge (1:6-9)
B. He is called the Lord of Peace (3:16)

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THE BOOK OF FIRST TIMOTHY


GODLINESS AND PASTORAL CARE

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. Written to Timothy, whom he had left in Ephesus to care for the churches.

II. DATE
A. AD 62-63
1. Written in Macedonia.

III. THEME
A. Instruction for the Pastor and the Church.
1. Paul gives specific instructions for –
a) Pastors. (3:1-7)
b) Deacons. (3:8-13)
c) Men. (2:1-8) [prayer]
d) Women. (2:9-12, 5:14-16)
e) Servants. (6:1)
f) Masters. (6:2)
g) Rich people. (6:17-19)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Charge. (6x)
B. Doctrine. (8x)
C. Godliness. (8x)
D. Faithfulness. (5x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. I Timothy 3:15 – But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave
thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground
of the truth.

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VI. OUTLINE
A. Personal Charge to Timothy. (1)
1. Whole faith and a good conscience.
B. Practical Instruction for the Church. (2-6)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Timothy was Paul’s most intimate friend and co-laborer. (1:2)
1. His salvation and call. (Acts 14:19-20, 16:1-5)
2. His youth. (4:12)
a) He was probably a 30-35 year old man.
3. His Christian life. (6:11)
B. Two faithful sayings –
1. Salvation by faith in Christ. (1:15)
2. Service by faith in Christ. (4:9)
a) The great question is – Why?
C. The antidote of Paul’s teaching. (4:16)
1. Personal godliness.
2. Sound doctrine.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the Mediator. (2:5)
B. He is the mystery of godliness. (3:16)
C. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. (6:15)

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THE BOOK OF SECOND TIMOTHY


FAITHFULNESS TO THE WORD OF GOD

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. This is his final epistle from the prison in Rome.

II. DATE
A. AD 63-64

III. THEME
A. Final Instructions.
1. This letter is filled with tones of urgency, tenderness, and triumph.
a) Do not fear afflictions. (1:7)
b) Commit the faith to others. (2:2)
c) Continue in perilous times. (3:14)
d) Preach the Word. (4:1-5)
e) Come to me shortly. (4:9, 13, 5:6)
★ Paul shows us how a Christian ought to die.

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Endure. (4x)
B. Suffer. (4x)
C. Charge. (2x)
D. Word. (4x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. II Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of
God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

VI. OUTLINE
A. The true pastor and present testings. (1-2)

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B. The true pastor and age-end troubles. (3-4)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. The metaphors for the ministry –
1. A Soldier – A man of discipline and obedience. (2:3)
2. A Athlete – A knowledge of rules.
3. A Farmer – A life of work, patience, and faith.
B. The ministry of the minister. (2:2)
1. This is the pattern for the ministry.
C. The message of the minister.
1. We have no other message than God’s message.
2. We are to declare what He has said.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the Lord the righteous Judge. (4:6-8)

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THE BOOK OF TITUS


SETTING IN ORDER THINGS THAT ARE WANTING

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. Written to Titus, whom he left on the island of Crete.

II. DATE
A. AD 62-63
1. Written shortly after I Timothy.

III. THEME
A. Good works.
1. High doctrine with low conduct is intolerable to New Testament Christianity.
2. Works speak louder than words. (1:16)
3. Our works make our faith attractive. (2:1)
a) Becoming means attractive.
b) Works do not bring salvation but they are the fruit of salvation.

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Doctrine. (4x)
B. Good works. (4x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Titus 1:5 – For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things
that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee.

VI. OUTLINE
A. As to elders in the assembly. (1)
B. As to classes in particular. (2)
C. As to members in general. (3)

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VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. The book of Titus completes the messages of I & II Timothy.
1. Protect the gospel. (I Timothy 6:20)
2. Preach the gospel. (II Timothy 4:2)
3. Practice the gospel. (2:11-12)

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the Blessed Hope. (2:13)
B. He is our Redeemer. (2:14)
C. He is the One who justifies. (3:7)

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THE BOOK OF PHILEMON


REQUEST FOR FORGIVENESS

I. AUTHOR
A. Paul.
1. Written to Philemon.
a) He lives near Colosse.
b) He is a well to-do Christian friend.

II. DATE
A. AD 61
1. Written from a prison in Rome.

III. THEME
A. Forgiveness and restoration.
1. Onesimus, Philemon’s slave, had run away to Rome and Paul led him to Christ and
sent him back to his master.
2. Forgiveness – Based on a satisfactory payment.
3. Restoration – Based on a new position.

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Love. (3x)
B. Beseech. (2x)

V. KEY VERSES
A. Philemon 10-11 – I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my
bonds: Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Paul’s praise of Philemon. (4-7)
B. Paul’s plea for Onesimus. (8-17)
C. Paul’s pledge and assurance. (18-22)

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VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. The shortest of all of Paul’s epistles.
B. Every appeal is based on love between friends.
C. We find a supreme example of Christian courtesy.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the One who pays the debt that we owe. (18)

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THE BOOK OF HEBREWS


CONSIDER JESUS CHRIST, OUR HIGH PRIEST

I. AUTHOR
A. Probably Paul or Apollos.
1. Written to people who would have a understanding of the Old Testament.

II. DATE
A. AD 67
1. The content reveals the audience is Hebrew Christians.

III. THEME
A. Jesus Christ Is Better –
1. He is better than the angels. (1:4-14)
2. He is better than Moses. (3:3)
3. He is better than Aaron. (5:1-4)
4. He is better than Melchisedec. (7:17)
5. He is better than all things. (1:8)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Priest. (26x)
B. Blood. (22x)
C. Better. (13x)
D. Sacrifice. (8x)
E. Faith. (32x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Hebrews 8:1 – Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an
high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Jesus – The new and better Deliverer. (1-7)
B. Calvary – The new and better covenant. (8:1-10:18)

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C. Faith – The true and better principle. (10:19-13:25)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Hebrews is the Holy Spirit’s commentary on the book of Leviticus.
B. Referred to as the fifth gospel record.
C. Gives us a grand portrait of Christ with the Old Testament as the backdrop.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is our great High Priest. (2:16-18, 4:14)

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THE BOOK OF JAMES


FAITH FOR LIVING

I. AUTHOR
A. James.
1. Written to the scattered Jewish leaders. (1:1)
2. He is the half brother of Christ.

II. DATE
A. AD 40-45
1. This is perhaps the very earliest written books of the New Testament.

III. THEME
A. Faith in our daily walk.
1. This is the book of practical Christianity.
2. It shows the conduct is just as important as creed.
3. There are two purposes –
a) To teach true Christian behavior.
b) To show that we demonstrate our faith by our works. (2:18-23)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Work / Works. (16x)
B. Faith. (16x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. James 1:22 – But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own
selves.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Endurance of temptation. (1)
B. Impartial benevolence. (2)
C. Control of the tongue. (3)
D. Godliness in all things. (4:1-6)

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VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. The Proverbs of the New Testament. (4:17)
B. James is sometimes called the Amos of the New Testament.
• 54 imperatives. [thunderbolts]
C. Paul emphases justification before God; James emphases demonstration before men.
D. John is the Apostle of love, Paul is the Apostle of faith, Peter is the Apostle of hope, but
James is the Apostle of good works.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the One Who draws us nigh. (4:6-8)

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THE BOOK OF FIRST PETER


TRIALS AND HOPE OF HIS RETURN

I. AUTHOR
A. Peter.
1. Written to strengthen the brethren.

II. DATE
A. AD 64-65
1. Written near the end of Peter’s life.

III. THEME
A. Hope for suffering saints.
1. Rome under Nero was seeking to stamp out Christianity.
2. How do we have a living hope?
a) Because of the resurrection. (1:3)
b) Because of our reservation. (1:4)
c) Because of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1:5-7)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Trial. (2x)
B. Joy. (2x)
C. Hope. (4x)
D. Grace. (8x)
E. Glory. (12x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. I Peter 1:7 – That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that
perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory
at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

VI. OUTLINE
A. The living hope – And what goes with it. (1:3-2:10)

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B. The pilgrim life – And how to live it. (2:11-4:11)


C. The fiery trial – And how to bear it. (4:12-5:11)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Great themes –
1. The suffering of Christ. (1:11, 2:21, 3:18, 4:1, 5:1)
2. The Word of God. (I Peter 1:23-25)
3. Marriage. (3:1-7)
4. The second coming. (5:4)
5. Comfort in suffering. (5:7)

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the One whom we love though we have not seen Him. (1:8)
B. He is precious. (2:7)
C. He is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. (2:25)

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THE BOOK OF SECOND PETER


TRUE AND FALSE PROPHECY

I. AUTHOR
A. Peter.
1. Written to strengthen the brethren.

II. DATE
A. AD 67
1. Written to believers of like precious faith.

III. THEME
A. Counterfeits and the coming Christ.
1. Purposes of this epistle –
a) To expose the false teachers. (2:1)
b) To warn against coming apostasy. (2:2-3)
c) To silence the scoffers by reaffirming the coming of Christ. (3)
d) To stir up believers by remembrance. (1:13, 3:1)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Remembrance. (4x)
B. Prophecy. (4x)
C. Diligence. (2x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. II Peter 1:16 – For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known
unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his
majesty.

VI. OUTLINE
A. The true knowledge – In which to grow. (1)
B. The false teachers – Who were to come. (2)
C. The sure promise – For age-end days. (3)

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VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. The depths of the backslider. (1:5-11)
1. He is blind spiritually.
2. He cannot see afar off.
3. He has forgotten that he was purged from sin.
B. A more sure word of prophecy – the Bible. (1:16-21)

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. Christ is not willing that anyone should perish. (3:9)
B. He is the One coming as a thief in the night.

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THE BOOK OF FIRST JOHN


FELLOWSHIP OF GOD AND HIS CHILDREN

I. AUTHOR
A. John.
1. A son of Zebedee. (Matthew 4:31)
2. The beloved disciple.
3. Pastored in Ephesus for a period of time.

II. DATE
A. AD 85-90
1. He is the only living Apostle at the time.

III. THEME
A. Fellowship with God and assurance of eternal life.
1. To promote fullness of joy.
2. To prevent sin. (2:1)
3. To protect saints. (2:26)
4. To provide assurance. (5:13)

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Children. (11x)
B. Fellowship. (3x)
C. Love. (23x)
D. Spirit. (8x)
E. Father. (13x)
F. Abide. (3x)
G. Works. (2x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. I John 5:13 – These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of
God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of
the Son of God.

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VI. OUTLINE
A. Truth versus error – How to know and abide.
1. The light versus the darkness. (1:5-2:11)
2. The father versus the world. (2:12-17)
3. The antichrist versus the Christ. (2:18-28)
4. Good works versus evil works. (2:29-3:24)
5. The Holy Spirit versus error. (4:1-6)
6. Love versus pious pretense. (4:7-21)
7. The God-born versus others. (5:1-21)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. This book in a sense is a sequel to the Gospel of John. (John 20:30-31)
B. John gives us the identifying marks of a believer –
1. Obedience. (2:3-6)
2. Love. (3:14-19)
3. The mark of the truth. (4:1-6)
4. The Holy Spirit. (4:13)
5. The witness for Him. (5:9-14)

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. Word of Life. (1:1)

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THE BOOK OF SECOND JOHN


TRUTH AND THE CHRISTIAN

I. AUTHOR
A. John.
1. The elder.

II. DATE
A. AD 90
1. Written to the elect lady and her children.

III. THEME
A. The truth.
1. Walking in the truth. (5)
a) The truth is not something we know, it is something we live.
2. Abiding in the truth.

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Truth. (4x)
B. Love. (4x)
C. Commandment. (3x)
D. Walk. (1x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. II John 4 – I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have
received a commandment from the Father.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Practical aspect – Walk in love. (4-6)
B. Doctrinal aspect – Watch against error. (7-11)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. We find in this book, the test for what is true. (9)

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VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. Christ Himself is truth.

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THE BOOK OF THIRD JOHN


SPIRITUAL HEALTH AND PROSPERITY

I. AUTHOR
A. John.

II. DATE
A. AD 90
1. Written to a man named Gaius.

III. THEME
A. Walking in the truth. (5)
1. A fervent fellowship and relationship with Christ.

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Truth. (5x)
B. Walk. (1x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. III John 4 – I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Gaius – Service in truth and love. (2-8)
B. Diotrephes – Evil by pride and strife. (9-11)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Gaius. (2-6)
1. Well beloved.
2. Spiritually prosperous.
3. Faithful, charitable and hospitable.
B. Diotrephes. (7-11)
1. Loves preeminence.
2. Speaks malicious words.

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3. Opposed leadership.
C. Demetrius. (12)
1. He had a good report of all men.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the only One who should have preeminence in the church. (Colossians 3:18)

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THE BOOK OF JUDE


EARNESTLY CONTEND FOR THE FAITH

I. AUTHOR
A. Jude.
1. Step-brother of Jesus Christ.

II. DATE
A. AD 70

III. THEME
A. Duty and danger. (3)
1. Our duty – Contend for the faith. (3)
a) How? (20-23)
2. Our danger – Men crept in unawares. (4)
a) Examples. (11)
(1) Cain – He didn’t want to do it God’s way.
(2) Balaam – He was a prophet for hire.
(3) Core – He would not submit to authority.

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Ungodly. (3x)
B. Remember. (1x)
C. Judgment. (2x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Jude 3 – Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it
was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for
the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

VI. OUTLINE
A. Why to contend – Apostate teachers. (3-16)

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B. How to contend – Our true resources. (17-23)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. Serves as a corridor leading from the church age into the revelation of Christ.
B. Reference is made to seven Old Testament events and characters –
1. Michael and Moses. (9)
2. Enoch. (14)

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. He is the One who is able to keep you from falling. (24)
B. He is the only wise God our Savior. (25)

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THE BOOK OF REVELATION


UNCOVERING THE GLORY OF JESUS CHRIST

I. AUTHOR
A. John.
1. Written from exile on the isle of Patmos. (1:9-10)

II. DATE
A. AD 95-96

III. THEME
A. Last things.
1. The last days of the church age. (4:1)
2. The last week of prophecy for Israel. [The seven-year Tribulation]
3. The last days of Satan’s deception. (20:1-7)
4. The last judgement of the wicked. (20:15)
5. The last days of this earth. (21:1)
6. The last words of the Lord Jesus. (22:7, 12, 20) [promise]

IV. KEY WORDS


A. Lamb. (29x)
B. Throne. (44x)

V. KEY VERSE
A. Revelation 1:19 – Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and
the things which shall be hereafter.

VI. OUTLINE
A. The things which thou hast seen. (1)
1. Prologue – The communication of Christ. (1:1-8)
2. The vision of the glorified Christ. (1:9-20)
B. The things which are. (2-3)
1. The seven churches –

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a) Ephesus. (2:1-7)
b) Smyrna. (2:8-11)
c) Pergamos. (2:12-17)
d) Thyatira. (2:18-29)
e) Sardis. (3:1-6)
f) Philadelphia. (3:7-13)
g) Laodicea. (3:14-22)
C. The things which shall be hereafter. (4-22)
1. The throne set in heaven. (4:1-5:14)
a) The heavenly door. (4:1)
b) The heavenly throne. (4:2-5)
c) The twenty-four elders. (4:4, 10-11)
d) The four living creatures. (4:6-11)
e) The seven-sealed scroll. (5:1-14)
2. The seven seals. (6:1-8:1)
a) Seal one – White horse. (6:1-2)
b) Seal two – Red horse. (6:3-4)
c) Seal three – Black horse. (6:5-6)
d) Seal four – Pale horse. (6:7-8)
e) Seal five – Souls of martyrs. (6:9-11)
f) Seal six – Worldwide chaos. (6:12-17)
(1) First interval. (7:1-17)
(a) Sealing of the 144,000. (7:1-8)
(b) Saved Gentile multitude. (7:9-17)
g) Seal seven – Silence in heaven. (8:1)
3. The seven trumpets. (8:6-11:19)
a) Trumpet one – Hail, fire, and blood. (8:7)
b) Trumpet two – Mountain burning with fire. (8:8-9)
c) Trumpet three – Star called Wormwood. (8:10-11)
d) Trumpet four – Sun, moon, and stars darkened. (8:12-13)
e) Trumpet five (First Woe) – Locust plague. (9:1-12)
f) Trumpet six (Second Woe) – Armies loosed. (9:13-21)
(1) Second interval. (10:1-11:13)
(a) The mighty angel and seven thunders. (10:1-7)

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(b) John and the little book. (10:8-11)


(c) The two witnesses. (11:1-13)
g) Trumpet seven (Third Woe) – Kingdom anticipated. (11:14-19)
4. The seven personages. (12:1-13:18)
a) Person one – The sun-clothed woman. (12:1-2)
b) Person two – The great red dragon. (12:3-4)
c) Person three – The man-child. (12:5-6)
d) Person four – Michael the Archangel. (12:7-12)
e) Person five – The Jewish remnant. (12:13-17)
f) Person six – The Beast out of the Sea. (13:1-10)
g) Person seven – The Beast out of the Earth. (13:11-18)
(1) Third Interval. (14:1-20)
(a) The Lamb and the 144,000. (14:1-5)
(b) Announcement of the three angels. (14:6-11)
(c) The blessed dead who die in the Lord. (14:12-13)
(d) The harvest. (14:14-16)
(e) The vintage. (14:17-20)
5. The seven vials. (15:1-16:21)
a) Preparation for the Seven Vials (15:1-8)
(1) Vial one – Malignant sores. (16:1-2)
(2) Vial two – Sea turned to blood. (16:3)
(3) Vial three – Rivers turned to blood. (16:4-7)
(4) Vial four – Scorching heat. (16:8-9)
(5) Vial five – Darkness. (16:10-11)
(6) Vial six – River Euphrates dried up. (16:12)
(a) Fourth Interval. (16:13-16)
i) Unclean Spirits Like Frogs. (16:3-16)
(7) Vial seven – Great earthquake and hail. (16:17-21)
6. Judgment of Babylon. (17:1-18:24)
a) Ecclesiastical Babylon. (17:1-18)
b) Commercial Babylon. (18:1-24)
7. The return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (19:1-21)
a) Rejoicing in heaven. (19:1-6)
b) The marriage of the Lamb. (19:7-10)

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c) The Second Advent. (19:11-16)


d) The Battle of Armageddon. (19:17-21)
8. The Millennial Kingdom and Great White Throne. (20:1-15)
a) Satan bound. (20:1-3)
b) The first resurrection. (20:4-6)
c) Satan loosed. (20:7-10)
d) Great White Throne Judgment. (20:11-15)
9. The eternal state. (21:1-22:5)
a) The New Heaven and New Earth. (21:1-8)
b) The descent of the Holy Jerusalem. (21:9-10)
c) A description of outside the city. (21:9-10)
d) A description of inside the city. (21:22-22:5)
10. Epilogue. (22:6-21)

VII. SPECIAL FEATURES


A. This revelation moves back and forth between scenes in heaven and earth.
B. The seven churches were literal local churches, but representatives of the entire church
age.

VIII.CHRIST IN THE BOOK


A. The dominate picture in this book is Christ as the Lamb of God. (5:5-12)

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