Matthew Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Matthew DATE: Uncertain; circa 50-70 AD Matthew, surnamed Levi (Mark 2:14), worked for the Roman government (Matt. 9:9) as a Jewish tax-gatherer (publican). Tax collectors were despised by Jews because of their affiliation with the Romans and yet Matthew was...

Mark Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Mark  DATE: 50-60s AD John Mark was the son of Mary, a wealthy and prominent woman in Jerusalem (Acts 12:12). Barnabas was Mark’s cousin (Col. 4:10). Peter was a close friend (1 Peter 5:13) and possibly the one who shared the gospel with Mark and led him...

Luke Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Luke DATE: 60 AD Luke, referred to as the “beloved physician” (Col. 4:14), was a close friend and companion of Paul.  He is the only Gentile author in the New Testament.  We know nothing about his early life or his conversion.  We do know that he...

John Overview and Outline

[Scroll Down For Video] AUTHOR: John DATE: 85-90 AD The writer of this gospel is identified only as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (21:20, 24). By reasoning, it is determined to be John the youngest of the apostles and one of Jesus’ “inner...

Acts Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: LukeDATE: 61 ADLuke, known as “the beloved physician” (Col 4:14; 2 Tim 4:11; Philemon 24) is clearly connected with his earlier work, as author of a “former treatise” (1:1), the Book of Luke,  addressed also to Theophilus (Lk 1:...

Romans Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 57-58 A.D. The letter to the Church at Rome is the most doctrinally clear and complete of all Paul’s letters. In His letter, Paul first diagnoses who man is without Christ.  He then tells how God delivers man by grace through faith and closes...

1 Corinthians Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 55 A.D. Corinth was a port city, a wealthy commercial center, located on the narrow isthmus between the Aegean and Adriatic Seas.  The city’s outdoor theater could host 20,000 people, and held athletic games that were second only to the...

2 Corinthians Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 56 A.D. Since the problems Paul adressed in his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians) were not corrected (2 Cor. 2:1; 12:14; 13:1-2), he fel it necessary to go there in person.  Following his visit, Paul wrote the church a severe and sorrowful...

Galatians Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: circa 49-55 AD Key Message: Liberty in Christ When this letter was written, the term “Galatia” was used in both a geographical and a political sense. Used geographically, it referred to north-central Asia Minor, north of the cities of...

Ephesians Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 61 A.D. Key Message: Identity in Christ Ephesians delivers the key message of identity in Christ.  In the first three chapters, Paul clearly tells of the riches of Christ and God’s purpose and plan in establishing the Church, the Body of...

Philippians Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 61 AD Key Message: Joy in Christ The church at Philippi was the first church established by Paul in Europe (Acts 16) and he established this church on his second missionary journey.  Philippi was a small city, founded by King Philip of Macedonia,...

Colossians Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 61-62 AD Key Message: The Supremacy of Christ Colosse was a Roman city of Asia Minor located about 100 miles east of Ephesus and near Laodicea and Hierapolis (4:13). It had been a prosperous commercial center but was in decline. Jewish legalism,...

1 Thessalonians Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 51 AD On his second missionary journey (Acts 17:1-14), Paul went to the Macedonian port city of Thessalonica taking with him Silas and Timothy. This was the second place the gospel was preached in Europe (Philippi was first).  Some think that Paul...

2 Thessalonians Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 51 AD Not long after his first letter to the church at Thessalonica, Paul sent another.  This one addressed a new situation. Somehow there had been misunderstanding, or misrepresentation (2:2), of Paul’s teaching concerning the coming of the...

1 Timothy Overview and Outline

 AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 63-66 A.D. The two letters Paul wrote to Timothy and the one he wrote to Titus are called the pastoral epistles.  They contain principles for the pastoral care of God’s people, administrative work in churches, and qualifications for ministers...

2 Timothy Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 67 or 68 AD Paul had put Timothy in charge at Ephesus and gone to Macedonia (northern Greece) and from there had written 1 Timothy (1 Tim. 1:3). He then visited Crete and put Titus in charge of the churches there.  He then went to Nicopolis in...

Titus Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 63-66 AD When Paul left Crete to go to Nicopolis in Achaia (southern Greece, Titus 3:12), he put Titus in charge of the churches at Crete.  Either from Macedonia or Nicopolis, he wrote this letter to encourage Titus. Titus was a Gentile by birth...

Philemon Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Paul DATE: 61 AD Philemon is another Prison Epistles (like Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians).  It was written during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome. Paul writes to Philemon out of concern for Onesimus (Philemon 1:10), Philemon’s slave who...

Hebrews Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: Uncertain DATE: 64-68 AD There are many suggestions about who the author of Hebrews might have been: Paul, Barnabas, Apollos, Silas, Aquila, and Priscilla, or Clement of Rome. Only God knows for certain who wrote this book, but there are many similarities to...

James Overview and Outline

AUTHOR: James DATE: 45-50 AD James is addressed “to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” (James 1:1). There is some questioning of who wrote this letter. There are four men named James in the NT, but only two are proposed as the author of this...