QUESTIONS ABOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT
Colour Code: Blue - Christmas story; black - Ministry; red - Easter story; purple - life & worship
THE BEGINNINGS - FROM THE BIRTH OF JESUS TO THE START OF HIS MINISTRY c 6BC-AD27
1: 1-4 Prologue
1: 5-25 The coming birth of John the Baptist is announced - also 1: 5-6 Celibacy
1:26-56 The coming birth of Jesus is announced - also 1:28b Prayer book texts - The Ave Maria; 1:37,45 God - his promises; 1:38a Obedience to God; 1:45 Women; 1:46b-55 Prayer book texts - The Magnificat
1:57-80 Birth and childhood of John the Baptist - also 1:68-79 Prayer book texts - The Benedictus
2: 1-38 Birth of Jesus - also 2:14 Prayer book texts - The Gloria; 2:25b-27a The Holy Spirit; 2:29-32 Prayer book texts - Nunc Dimittis
2:39-52 Infancy and childhood of Jesus
3: 1-20 Appearance of John the Baptist - also 3:11b Charitable giving; 3:12-13 Greed; 3:12-13 Honesty; 3:14 Pacificism
3:21-23a Baptism of Jesus
3:23b-38 Another account of the ancestry of Jesus
4: 1-13 Jesus' temptation by the devil - also 4: 1-2a The Holy Spirit; 4:13 The devil; 4:13 Temptation
HIS TRAVELS AND ACTS c AD27-30
4:14-15 How Jesus starts his ministry
4:16-30 Jesus is rejected in Nazarth for the first time - "The prophet without honour in his own town"
4:31-37 The madman in the synagogue at Capernaum
4:38-41 Peter's mother-in-law's fever; Jesus also heals many others that evening
4:42-44 Jesus continues preaching and healing
5: 1-11 Calling of Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John
5: 4-10 The first miraculous catch of fish
5:12-16 The leper
5:17-26 The paralysed man
5:27-32 Calling of Matthew the tax collector
5:31-32 Jesus has come to save those who are lost - "The doctor and the sick"
5:33-35 The presence of Jesus should mean joy - "The wedding guests and the bridegroom"
5:36-39 The teaching of Jesus and the old ways can not be mixed - "The new cloth sewn onto the old" and "The new wine poured into old wineskins"
6: 1-5 The disciples pick corn on the Sabbath - "The Sabbath is made for man"
6: 6-11 The man with the shrivelled hand
6:12-16 Choosing the twelve apostles
6:17-19 Jesus continues healing many
6:20-26 True happiness and sorrow - "The Beatitudes" - also 6:20b-23a The happy; 6:24-26 Sorrow
6:27-28 Don't hate - "Love your enemies"
6:29a Don't take revenge - "Turning the other cheek"
6:29b-30 Don't set limits on how much you serve - "Go the extra mile"
6:31 Doing to others as we would have them do to us - "The Golden Rule" in the positive form
6:32-36 Don't hate - "Love your enemies" - concluded - also 6:36 Mercy
6:37-38 The price of criticism and treating others badly - "Measure for measure"
6:39-40 We can only teach what we know and practise - "The blind leading the blind"
6:41-42 The hypocrisy of judging others - "The plank of wood in our own eye"
6:43-45 Being known by what we do and say - "The good and bad fruit trees"
6:46 Are we really doing God's will? or will Jesus say "I never knew you!"
6:47-49 The only real security is in Jesus -"The house built on the rock"
7: 1-10 The Roman centurion's servant
7:11-17 Raising the widow of Nain's dead son
7:18-35 Jesus and John the Baptist compared - "Yet still the people will not repent"
7:36-50 Forgiveness and who loves the most - "The two debtors"
8: 1-3 Some of his women disciples - also 8: 1b-3 Women
8: 4-8 Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven (1) Listening and responding to the Gospel of Jesus - "Sowing the seed"
8: 9-10 Parables: Why Jesus spoke in parables
8:11-15 "Sowing the seed" - concluded
8:16-17 Living as witnesses to Jesus Christ - "Light, and the lamp on the stand
8:18 The price of criticism and treating others badly - "Measure for measure" - concluded
8:19-21 Jesus and His own family - "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?"
8:22-25 Calming the storm
8:26-39 The madmen and the Gadarene pigs
8:40-56 The woman with the haemorrhage and the raising of Jairus' daughter
9: 1-6 The twelve apostles are sent out to preach and heal
9: 7-9 Death of John the Baptist
9:10-17 Feeding the five thousand
9:18-21 "Who do people say I am?" asks Jesus
9:22 Jesus teaches about his death and resurrection for a first time
9:23-27 Carrying the cross of Jesus
9:28-36 The Transfiguration of Jesus - also 9:32-33 Human frailty
9:37-43a The epileptic boy
9:43b-45 Jesus teaches about his death and resurrection for a second time - also 9:45 Spiritual insight and blindness
9:46-48 Who is the greatest?
9:49-50 The man not against Jesus is for him
9:51-56 Jesus and the Samaritans - His rejection by a village in Samaria
9:57-62 Hard decisions for the followers of Jesus - "Let the dead bury the dead!" - also 9:62b The pilgrim life
10: 1-12 More disciples are needed - The 72 disciples are sent out
10:13-15 Woes on the unbelieving cities
10:16-20 The 72 disciples later return
10:21-24 Jesus rejoices for those able to understand his message
10:25-37 Who is our neighbour? "The good Samaritan" - also 10:25-28 The Christian life in outline; 10:36-37 Real religion
10:38-42 Two more women followers of Jesus, Martha and Mary, and how they received him
11: 1-4 A pattern for prayer - "The Lord's Prayer" - also 11: 2b-4 Prayer
11: 5-8 How God will answer our prayers - "The friend at midnight"
11: 9-10 God's gifts are freely available to everyone - "Ask! seek! knock!"
11:11-13 Asking in prayer; how God meets our real needs - "The bread and the stone, the fish and the snake" - also 11:13 The Holy Spirit
11:14-23 Jesus is accused of using the devil's power to heal
11:14 The dumb (and blind) man
11:24-26 The danger of not being filled with the things of God - "The return of the evil spirit"
11:27-28 True happiness is hearing and obeying God - also 11:27b-28 The Holy Bible; 11:28 Obedience to God
11:29-32 The Scribes and Pharisees demand a sign from Jesus
11:33 Living as witnesses to Jesus Christ - "Light, and the lamp on the stand - concluded
11:34-36 Our eyes as a guide to our inner being - "The inward light
11:37-54 Jesus criticises the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees
12: 1 The yeast of the Pharisee's
12: 2-12 Warnings as the apostles are sent out
12: 8-10 Jesus is accused of using the devil's power to heal - concluded - also 12:10-12 The Holy Spirit
12:13-21 Searching for security in material possessions - "The rich and foolish man" - also 12:15a Envy; 12:15 Greed; 12:15 Possessions; 12:15-21 Materialism
12:22-31 Worrying about money and possessions - "How God provides for the birds and the flowers"
12:32-34 Real security in life -"Not from moth-eaten and rusting treasures on earth"
12:35-48 Being prepared for the coming of Jesus - "The servants and the returning master"
12:49-53 Warnings as the apostles are sent out - continued
12:54-56 The Scribes and Pharisees demand more signs from Jesus
12:57-59 Settling disagreements wisely
13: 1-9 If we continue to reject God - "The unfruitful fig-tree"
13:10-17 The crippled woman
13:18-19 Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven (3) "The tiny mustard seed that grows into a great tree"
13:20-21 Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven (4) "The yeast mixed with flour"
13:22-30 Will Jesus say I never knew you!
13:31-35 Jesus and the antagonism of Herod Antipas
14: 1-6 The man with dropsy
14: 7-14 Learning humility the hard way - "Taking the best seat at the wedding feast". Also "Real charity" - also 14:11 Worldliness; 14:12b-14a Hospitality; 14:12b-14 Charitable giving
14:15-24 Continuing to reject God - "Invitations to the great banquet for the king's son"
14:25-33 Counting the cost of following Jesus - "The unfinished tower" and "The king going to war"
14:25-27 Warnings as the apostles are sent out - concluded
14:34-35 Living as witnesses to Jesus Christ - "Salt, and the salt of the earth
15: 1-7 God's great love for the lost (1) "The lost sheep" - also 15: 1-2 Snobbery
15: 8-10 God's great love for the lost (2) "The lost silver coin"
15:11-32 God's great love for the lost (3) "The prodigal son, the elder brother and their father"
16:1-13 Being wise in the ways of the world - "The shrewd but dishonest manager"
16:13 We cannot serve God and money at the same time
16:14-15 The Pharisees and prosperity - also 16:15b God's ways are not ours; 16:15b Spiritual insight and blindness
16:16-17 Jesus has come not to abolish the Law and the Prophets, but to complete them
16:18 Divorce and adultery - also 16:18 Adultery
16:19-31 The time for sharing our riches is now - "The rich man in hell and the poor Lazarus in Heaven"
17: 1-3a Leading others into sin - "The millstone around the neck"
17:3b-4 Forgiving seven times in one day - also 17: 3b Disagreements; 17: 3b-4 Forgiveness
17: 5-6 Faith as big as a mustard seed - also 17: 5-6 Faith
17: 7-10 Uncomplaining service - "A servant's duty"
17:11-19 The ten lepers - also 17:12b-18 Ingratitude
17:20-37 The end-times and the return of Jesus
18: 1-8 Keep on praying - "The persistent widow and the unjust judge"
18: 9-14 Pride and humility - "The Pharisee and the tax-collector" - also 18:14b Snobbery
18:15-17 Accepting the kingdom of God like a child
18:18-30 Possessions as a possible barrier to following Jesus - "The rich young man"
18:31-34 Jesus teaches about his death and resurrection for a third time - also 18:34 Spiritual insight and blindness
18:35-43 The blind men near Jericho
19: 1-10 The calling of Zacchaeus the tax collector
19:11-27 Using our gifts and abilities while waiting for the return of Jesus - "The ten pounds or minas"
TOWARDS THE END Spring c AD30
19:28-44 The final entry of Jesus into Jerusalem
19:45-48 Jesus drives the buyers and sellers from the Temple
20: 1-8 The authority of Jesus is questioned
20: 9-19 Those who won't accept God (2) "The wicked tenants of the vineyard". Also "The rejected stone"
20:20-26 The Pharisees and Herodians question him - paying taxes
20:27-40 The Sadducees question him - rising from death
20:41-44 Jesus in return, asks a question about the expected Messiah
20:45-47 Jesus criticises the teachers of the Law (or Scribes) and Pharisees
21: 1-4 Jesus compares the rich man's giving with the widow's offering
21: 5-38 Jesus describes the end-times and His return
21:29-33 Being prepared for the end-times and the return of Jesus(1) "The lesson of the fig-tree"
22: 1-2 The plot to kill Jesus
22: 3-6 Judas Iscariot decides to betray him
22: 7-30 The last supper - also 22:19-20 The Lord's Supper; 22:24-27 Self-importance
22:31-46 The last night continued and the garden of Gethsemane - also 22:42 Obedience to God
22:47-54a Jesus is betrayed and arrested
22:49-51 The severed ear of the high priest's servant
22:54b-71 Jesus is tried before the Jewish authorities; Peter betrays him
22:63-65 Jesus is ill-treated during his trial
23: 1 Jesus before the Jewish authorities - concluded
23: 2-25 Jesus before the Roman Pontius Pilate
23:26-46 His crucifixion and death
23:44-45 Supernatural events as Jesus dies
23:47-49 Some of the people present
23:50-56 His burial - also 23:56b The Sabbath
THE NEW BEGINNING Spring cAD30
24: 1-12 The empty tomb
24:13-44 The resurrection of Jesus and his appearances
24:45-50 His commission to preach the Gospel to the world - also 24:49 The Holy Spirit
24:51-53 Jesus ascends to heaven
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