Surveying the New Testament series unites nineteen esteemed Bible teachers, to accomplish one lofty task: to provide a user-friendly, theologically conservative, and financially affordable resource within the grasp of every serious student of the Word. This series provides a big picture overview of all 27 books of the New Testament, one chapter for each book. Each chapter begins with a concise introduction, followed by a carefully constructed outline and survey of each respective book. This survey highlights the most important concepts and explains the most difficult passages. This volume covers the Gospels and the book of Acts.
“John commands the Jewish people to ‘Repent’ (3:2). This verb does not mean, as is so often taught, ‘to turn from sins’ or ‘to be sorry for sins committed.’ If this were true it would teach salvation by works, which clearly is opposed by Scripture (Eph. 2:8–9; Titus 3:5, etc.). How many sins must one turn from to be saved? The verb essentially means ‘to change one’s outlook towards God.’ Instead of running from God, one runs to God. This results in turning from sin and being sorry for sins.” (Matthew 3:1–12)
“Baptism was a way for Jesus to identify himself with the ones He came to deliver from sin.” (Mark 1:9–11)
“The aspect of childlikeness which Jesus is referring is the sense of dependence. Humility is necessary for salvation (18:3) and for greatness in the future kingdom (18:4).” (Matthew 18:1–4)
“Jesus proceeds to teach that a person’s words display his heart (12:33–37). Jesus refers to ‘careless’ or ‘useless’ words. These are important because every day chatter reveals the priorities in one’s life. What one discusses in nonchalant discussions reveals what is paramount in his or her mind.” (Matthew 12:1–50)
“His ministry is not characterized by raucous or violent behavior, but grace and love.” (Matthew 12:1–50)