This course is a general survey of the New Testament books from Matthew through Revelation. Our study provides a general understanding of the New Testament books and prepares the student for further biblical study. Particular emphasis is given to authorship, date, recipients, background, distinctive features, personal applications, and the major contribution of each book.
Why should you take it? Most Christians are more familiar with the New Testament than they are with the Old Testament. The NT fulfills the Messianic promises so clearly spelled out in the OT. Many (but certainly not all) Jews in the 1st century were expecting the Messiah – but their mental picture of what that would look like was indeed far from reality. So far off were their expectations that when Jesus (who was the Messiah) showed up, they not only didn’t recognize or acknowledge him, but they killed him (see Matt. 21:33-46). So the NT is a record of God’s final proposed solution to the sin that entered the universe in Genesis 3. God irrupts into history with the good news of the Gospel which is that Jesus is in fact the Messiah (Gospels). This is followed with an orderly account of the sovereignly directed progress of the kingdom message from Jews to Gentiles and from Jerusalem to Rome (Acts). After the Church was established some apostles wrote letters (we call them Epistles) addressing specific theological or behavior matters to churches or individuals. Finally, in the NT book of Revelation we see that Jesus is coming back again for His Church – but this time no one will be able to misunderstand who He is (see Rev. 19:11-16).
- Monday, January 23, 2017 (7-9PM)
- Monday, February 6, 2017 (7-9PM)
- Monday, February 20, 2017 (7-9PM)
- Monday, March 6, 2017 (7-9PM)
Online Class Group
Dr. Holmes has taught at Grace University since 1993 and has served as the Registrar, Academic Dean and is currently Chair of the Bible Department and Associate Professor of Bible. He graduated from Grace University in 1986 (B.A), Dallas Theological Seminary in 1992 (Th.M.), and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002 (Ph.D). Dr. Holmes teaches Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey annually as well as other bible electives. He has been happily married to Donna for 27 years and they have two sons.