This course is the second part of a two part overview of the Bible. In this study we’ll look primarily at the New Testament. In part one we looked at the Old Testament and it is available at pantanoresources.org. In part one, we covered an introduction to the whole Bible as well as the Old Testament, and so we won’t repeat it here.
This course is NOT intended to go deeply into any one book of the Bible, literary genre, theme or doctrine. It is an overview or a bird’s eye view of the New Testament. This course is intended to give you the big picture so the parts (each book, theme or doctrine) make sense. The Bible can be an overwhelming book to someone who has never really had a good introduction to it or to someone who has gotten parts and pieces all their lives but never understood how it fit together. We hope this will help you see the beauty, design and the remarkable story of God through the Bible.
You might want to use this overview before beginning a detailed study of a particular book of the Bible. We have also prepared a Bible reading and study tool called “Book of the Month – A Guide on How to Read and Study the Entire Bible.” It is available at pantanoresources.org/book-of-the-month. This overview of the NT will help you get a big picture as you look at the NT a book at a time.
This guide is part of the video teaching that accompanies it. You can do this study as an individual or couple or use it with a Life Group. There are two ways to approach this study. Using the video and the guide, go through the whole study to get the big picture and then come back and review each book and actually read each book. Or you could review one book in the videos and this guide, and then take the time to read it (using the Book of the Month guide) before going to the next book.
At the end of most book overviews I’ve added a section called “Glen’s Observations.” Sometimes I tackle some difficult passages in this section. Other times, I just note a few of the nuggets I’ve gleaned from the book or letter. These are just a sampling of the nuggets you’ll find as you do your own study and they are not intended as a full commentary of each book or letter.
Note that I have not chosen to follow the exact order of the NT books as found in our Bible. I’ve tried to follow the general order, but at times I put books together that go together like Ephesians and Colossians (very parallel books) and I put Philemon with the other letters written by Paul in the Roman prison