New Testament authors were steeped in Old Testament imagery, prophecies, and writing styles as they carried forward the story of the Hebrew Bible.
The New Testament is not a whole "new" story; rather, it's a continuation of the biblical story introduced in the Old Testament. 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 it also gives us hope of a coming Messiah, and 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 how often the New Testament authors reference Old Testament Scriptures and prophecies. 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 Gospel accounts tell the story of Jesus’ life and how he came to usher in God's Kingdom. Jesus set about healing, teaching, and rebuking, as he embodied God's heart for a hurting world.
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, rose again from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of the Father.
Resurrection and Renewal
After his resurrection and before his ascension, Jesus spent some time with his disciples. After ascending, he sendt his Holy Spirit to a renewed group of his followers. The book of Acts tells the work of Jesus' Spirit and the story of the movement of people he inspired.
As Jesus' followers spread throughout the ancient world, they formed churches. The letters of the New Testament are written to these churches to rebuke, teach, and encourage the earliest followers of Jesus.
John's visions reveal that Jesus has overcome evil by his death and resurrection. His revelation confirms that Jesus 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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