The New Testament is more connected to the Old Testament than you think. New Testament authors were steeped in Old Testament imagery, prophecies, and writing styles.
The New Testament is not a whole "new" story, but a continuation of the entire Bible so far. The Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Bible, tells an incomplete story about God and Israel and their continual failings to be the people God calls them to be but also gives us hope of a coming Messiah. The New Testament tells the story of that long awaited Messiah, Jesus.
New Testament Overview
Not a “new” story
The New Testament is not as disconnected from the Old Testament as some might assume. The cohesion is made evident in the writings of the New Testament where authors often reference back to Old Testament scriptures. Our New Testament Overview video shows the connection between the testaments and how the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus.
Life of Jesus
The Gospels tell the story of Jesus’ life and how he came to set into motion his version of the Kingdom. Jesus set about the world healing, teaching, and rebuking. He was the epitome of the Father's heart to a broken people.
Death of Jesus
Jesus' death and resurrection are central events to the Christian faith. He took the sins of the world unto himself and became the sacrificial lamb in place of a fallen humanity, rose again from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of the Father until his return.
Resurrection & Renewal
After his resurrection and before his ascension, Jesus spends some time with his disciples. After ascending, he sends his Holy Spirit to a renewed group of his followers. The book of Acts retells the work of Jesus' spirit after his ascension and the story of the movement of people he inspired.
Like all churches, the first church had their fair share of problems. The letters written by some of the best minds in the Christian tradition helped rebuke, teach, and encourage the early Jesus movement that was taking the world by storm.
John's visions reveal that Jesus has overcome evil by his death and resurrection, and will return one day as the true king of the world.
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In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus models servant leadership and continues the relationship God has with Israel as He establishes the upside down kingdom of God on earth.
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