Books of the New Testament

by: Bill Bratt












Matthew 60s probably Antioch in Syria Jews in Syria or Palestine Biography,
Jesus is Messiah, 
The coming kingdom
Jesus as king, Jesus has authority Mat. 1:1, 16:16, 26:28, 3:1-2, 4:17, 10:5-6 Mat. 24:14, 28:19-20 Preach the gospel to the world and make disciples, Mat. 3:1-2 Repent


Acts 15:36-39
2 Tim. 4:11

John Mark Late 50s or early 60s Rome Non-
Christian Romans;
Biography Jesus as servant, Jesus was a perfect servant Mark  1:1, 14-15, 8:27, 10:15, 15:34 A servant does his work immediately - the word immediately occurs 42 times in Mark

Col. 4:14
Luke 60 probably Caesarea or Rome Non-Christian Roman official, possibly other cultured non- Christians Biography Jesus as man, Son of Man Luke 19:10 Son of man has come to save that which was lost. Luke 3 Genealogy of Jesus - Luke records Jesus compassion for mankind (& women.)
JOHN John Late 80s or early 90s Ephesis Christians and/or non-Christians in the region around Ephesis. Biography John 1:1-3
Jesus as God
John 3:16, 20:31
Son of God
John 3:16
John 13-17: Jesus' last Passover John 21:25
John wrote his gospel like a diary & recorded Jesus keeping God's Holy Days.
ACTS Luke 61 Rome Non-Christian Roman official, possibly other cultured non- Christians History - Preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God Birth and building of the Church Acts 1:6-8
Acts 2 - Feast of Pentecost
Acts 1-12: Peter's works.
Acts 13-28: Paul's works Acts 15 Council at Jerusalem

Acts 28 Paul in Rome
Paul 57 Corinth Christians in Rome: Jews and Gentiles Righteousness of God - Salvation by faith


Explanation of the doctrine of salvation Rom. 1:17 - "The just shall lie by faith." Rom. 3:23, 6:23 Rom. 6: Baptism 
Rom. 8: Holy Spirit
Rom. 9-11: Israel past, present & future

Acts 18 Paul in Corinth
Paul 56 Ephesis Christians in Corinth Solving divisions & disorders 1 Cor. is a case book study in pastoral theology. 1 Cor. 13:13 Faith, hope, love the greatest is love. 1Cor. 5: Christ our Passoer
1 Cor. 7: Marriage
1Cor 13: Love
1 Cor 15: Resurrection
Paul 56 Macedonia Christians in Corinth Ministry of reconciliation Portrayal of the Christian ministry 2 Cor. 5:20, 6:14-16, 7:1, 9:6-7 Paul expresses his apostolic office - Collection for the saints.

Acts 18 Paul in Galatia
Paul 49 or 53-56 Antioch in Syria (?) Christians in Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, Derve and southern Galatia Justification Gal. 3:11 Implications of justification by faith Gal. 5:22-23 Fruits of the Spirit Gospel of Grace defended, explained & applied - Relationship between Messiah and Gentiles.

Eph. 3:1 Prison epistle - Acts 19 Paul in Ephesus
Paul 60-61 Rome Christians in the region around Ephesus Unity - 
Church as the body of Christ
Eph. 2;14 One body: Jews and Gentiles Eph. 6:17-20 Armor of God 
Eph. 2:20: Church foundation
Eph. 2:8-10 By Grace you are saved through faith. 
Eph. 4: Unity
Eph. 5: Marriage 
Phil. 1:7 Prison epistle - Acts 16 & 20 Paul in Philippi
Paul 61-62 Rome Christians in Philippi To be like Christ Believer's attitude in Christ
Call to unity.
Phil. 2:5 "Let this mind (of Christ) be in you." Acts 16: This is the first Church in Europe.
Phil. 1:3 Paul thanked the church. 

Col. 4:10
Prison epistle 
Paul 60-61 Rome Christians in Colosse To be like Christ Warning against paganism, gnosticism and asceticism. Col. 2:14-16, 21-22
Col. 3:10 Put on the new man.
Paul deals with heresies of philosophy - don't revert to paganism.

Acts 17: Paul in Thessalonica
Paul 50-52 Corinth Christians in Thessalonica The Second Coming of Christ. Importance of Second Coming emphasized. 1 Thes. 4:13-18: The First Resurrection 1 Thes. 4 Plea for purity.
1 Thes 5:12 Saints comforted and encouraged.
Paul 51-52 Corinth Christians in Thessalonica The Day of the Lord -
Encouragement in persecution.
The Day of the Lord clarified.
2 Thes. 2: The Man of Sin & Son of Perdition. Explanation that certain events have to precede the Day of the Lord.
Paul 62-66 Macedonia Timothy in Ephesus Church Organization - Pastoral advice. Advice on how to pastor the church. 1 Tim. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith. False doctrine. Worship & leadership. Widows & Elders.
Paul 66-67 Roman prison 
2 Tim. 1:8, 16, 2:9
Timothy in Ephesus Church Organization Final charge to servant of God given. 2 Ti 2:3-4 Be a good soldier.
2 Tim. 4:2 Preach the gospel.
Persevere & endure -
Protect and proclaim the gospel.
TITUS Paul 63-66 Nicopolis/ probably in Corinth Titus in Crete Church Organization - Christian conduct manual. Need for sound doctrine and good works stated. Titus 1:5 Set things in order. Qualifications to be a church leader - Qualities of a sound church.

Phele 10, Col 4:10 Prison Epistle
Paul 60-63 Rome Philemon, his family, and the church in his house at Colosse Personal letter Favor requested for a Christian brother. Phele. 6 Share your faith. Receive a slave as a Christian brother.
HEBREWS Unknown (perhaps Paul) 64-68 Unknown Jewish Christians in Rome or Jerusalem before destruction of the Temple. Christ's person and work - Walk of faith. Jesus Christ is superior to angels, Moses & priesthood. Heb. 11 Faith chapter.
Heb. 11:1,6 Faith definition.
Commentary on the High Priest & the Day of Atonement - Heb. 7: The need for a new priesthood.
JAMES James, the half brother of Jesus 46-49 probably Jerusalem Jewish Christians of the Dispersion Faith Need for good works as evidence of genuine faith. Jam. 2:20 Faith without works is dead. Development, work and power of faith. James 5:14-15 Prayer of faith will wave the sick.
FIRST  PETER  Peter 63-64 Rome or Babylon Christians in Asia Minor Hope - in the midst of suffering Belief and behavior of believers in suffering. 1 Pet. 2:21 Follow Christ's example. 
1 Pet. 3:15
Salvation, submission & suffering of the believers. 
1 Pet. 5:9 Resist Satan.
Peter 64-66 probably Rome Christians in Asia Minor Holiness, heresies and hope. The danger of false teaching & practices. 2 Pet. 3;18 Grow in grace & knowledge of our Lord. True prophecy, false prophecy and The Day of the Lord.
FIRST JOHN  John Late 80s or early 90s Ephesus Christians in the region around Ephesus. Love - Warning concerning false teaching. Fellowship 
1 John 2;10 Love your brother.
1 John 4:8, 16, 19 - God is love. 1 John 4:1 Test the spirits. 1 John 1;5, 4:7 Abide in God's light & love.
1 John 5:3 Love God & keep 10 commandments.
SECOND JOHN John Late 80s or early 90s Ephesus A church near Ephesus Love - 
Anti-Christ and false teaching.
Keep God's commandments. Avoid false teachers. 2 John 6: This is love that we walk according to God's Commandments. 2 John 7 Jesus came in the flesh.
THIRD JOHN John Late 80s or early 90s Ephesus Gaius, a Christian in the region around Ephesus. Good and bad examples of Church ministers. Hospitality verses haughtiness. 3 Jon 3-4  Walk in the truth. Commendation of Gaius.
Condemnation of Diotrephes.
JUDE Jude, half brother of Jesus. 66-80 Unknown Christians in general Heresy and apostasy. Warning concerning false teachers. Jude 3 - Contend for the faith delivered to the saints. Contend for the faith.  Apostates predicted. Maintain your life with God.
REVELATION John late 80s or early 90s Island of Patmos, off coast of Asia Minor. Seven churches in western Asia Minor. Prophecy -
End time events.
Day of the Lord 
Rev. 17:14 Jesus is King of kings.
Rev. 1:1,3

Rev. 11:15, 19:11-16 Jesus Returns.
7 churches, 7 seals, 7 trumps, 7 last plagues, Return of Christ, New Heaven and new Earth.


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