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The Gospels
Matthew Overview
Matthew's Gospel is aimed at a Jewish audience. Its purpose is to witness that Jesus was the promised Messiah of the Old Testament.  Matthew emphasizes the words of the Lord regarding the Kingdom of Heaven.  This was done to counterbalance the popular Jewish belief of the day that the Messiah would be a militant leader who would overthrow the current Roman occupation and re-establish the throne of David.
Matthew makes no less than sixty references to the Old Testament writings as fulfilled in Christ, so that the word " fulfilled" becomes characteristic of the book. The word "Kingdom" occurs fifty-five times; "Kingdom of Heaven" thirty-two times; "Son of David" seven times. The Jews laid great store on Scripture, and this Gospel, written particularly for them, abounds in such references.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:18-19

What was the last thing Jesus told his disciples to do?  What is a disciple?  What are we to do today?
Matthew Outline
A. Preparation
Chapter Reference
1 thru 2
Jesus' birth
Jesus' baptism
4:1 thru 4:11
Jesus' temptation
B. Preaching
Chapter Reference
4:12 thru 4:25
Proclaiming the kingdom
5 thru 7
What Jesus taught
C. Jesus' Ability to Rule
Chapter Reference
8:1 thru 8:4
The cleansing of the leper
8:5 thru 8:13
   Centurion's servant healed of palsy
8:14 thru 8:15
     Peter's wife's mother's fever
8:16 thru 8:17 
   Multitudes come for healing
8:18 thru 8:22 
Cost of discipleship
8:23 thru 8:27
  The stilling of the storm
8:28 thru 8:34
Gergesene demoniacs healed
9:1 thru 9:8
The man cured of the palsy
9:9 thru 9:17 
Matthew, eating, fasting, wineskins
9:18 thru 9:22
The woman with hemorrhage
9:23 thru 9:26  
The ruler's daughter raised
9:27 thru 9:31 
Two blind men given sight
9:32 thru 9:34 
The dumb demoniac healed
9:35 thru11:1 
The Apostles empowered to preach
D. The Peoples Reaction to Jesus
Chapter Reference
11:2 thru 11:15
John the Baptist - in doubt
11:16 thru 11:19
"This generation" - unresponsive
11:20 thru 11:30
Galilean cities - unrepentant
12:1 thru 12:42
   The Pharisees - unreasonable
12:43 thru 12:45
Worthlessness of self reformation
12:46 thru 12:50
His family - misunderstanding
13:1 thru 13:58 
The multitudes - undiscerning
14:1 thru 14:12
Herod the king - unintelligent
14:13 thru 14:36 
The disciples - of little faith
15:1 thru 15:20
Jerusalem scribe - unimpressionable
15:21 thru 15:39
Gentile multitudes - seeking
16:1 thru 16:12 
Pharisees, Sadducees - unrelenting
16:13 thru 18   
The Apostles - needing education
E. The Passover and Jesus
Chapter Reference
19 thru 25
Parables and entry into Jerusalem
26 thru 27
Arrest, trial and crucifixion
Mark Overview
The book of Mark describes in detail Jewish customs and is aimed at a non-Jewish audience (in particular, Romans). Mark describes in very life-like terms the miracles of Jesus, and great detail is given of the crucifixion and death of Jesus. It is thought that Mark was the first of the four Gospels, probably written between 65 and 70 A.D. It is thought that the book was taken by dictation from the Apostle Peter, because some events contained in the book are unique to Peter.
Being originally written (as is thought) for Romans, there are very few references to the Old Testament Scriptures contained in this Gospel. Jewish words are explained (Chapter 3 v 17; 5 v 41; 7 v 11, 34; 14 v 36); and also Jewish customs (Chapter 7 v 3 to 4; 14 v 12; 15 v 42). Latin expressions are frequently used such as Legion, Centurion, etc. The Romans admired action, and this Gospel depicts the Lord as a worker.

For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  Mark 10:45

Why did Jesus come to earth?  If we are His disciples what should we do?
Mark Outline
A. Sanctification
Chapter Reference
1:1 thru 1:8 
The witness of John
1:9 thru 1:13
The anointing of Jesus
B. Service
Chapter Reference
1:4 thru 3:12
First disciples and first work
3:13 thru 6:6 
Appointment of Apostles and extension of labour
6:7 thru 8:30
Co-operating in service
C. Sacrifice
Chapter Reference
8:31 thru 10 
11 thru 14:42  
14:43 thru 15 
D. Service Renewed-Chapter 16 thru 20
Luke Overview
The book of Luke gives us the most complete look at the life of Jesus. Luke uses eyewitnesses as sources for his writings. He stresses Jesus' humanity (since Luke was a doctor himself) and compassion as well as the power of the Holy Spirit and of prayer.
Luke was written particularly for Greeks, who delighted in wisdom, beauty and system. Luke, therefore, tells the story of Jesus, unfolding his development in a systematic manner, setting the facts in chronological order in a manner not attempted by the other writers. Luke was an artist with the pen, drawing the portrait of Jesus as the perfect man. He followed up by writing the book of Acts.

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  Luke 11:9-10

What are we to ask for, seek for and knock for an opening?  Will GOD give us what we ask?
Luke Outline
A. Jesus in His Human Relationships
Chapter Reference
1:1 thru 1:4 
1:5 thru 2
In the days of Herod
3:1 thru 4:13
Thirty years later
B. Jesus in Galilee-Chapter 4:14 thru 9:50
C. Jesus on His Way to Jerusalem-Chapter 9:51 thru 19:27
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D. Jesus Rejected as King of Israel
Chapter Reference
19:28 thru 22:46
Before the arrest
22:47 thru 23:56  
After the arrest
E. Jesus Glorified-Chapter 24
John Overview
The book of John was written in order that men may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and consequently the Redeemer of all who believe in him and the things concerning the Kingdom of God. John cites eight signs to establish and prove this point, culminating in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. John is the only one of the four Gospels that does not cite any parables; instead John emphasizes Jesus as the manifestation of God.
There are many key words in John's Gospel, and dominant throughout is the word "believe", which occurs over eighty times. The word, however, implies a belief that has developed into faith or conviction. As such, this Gospel was written for believers. They are enabled thereby to perceive the inner strength of Jesus, and to see that it stemmed from a greater than he, even God. Another peculiarity is the frequent use of the word "Jew". It is only found once in Matthew, twice in Mark and in Luke, but over sixty times in John.
John concerns himself more with the Judean ministry, which Matthew and Mark hardly touch upon, and he records eight miracles (which he terms "signs") that set in sequential order the whole purpose of God in Christ.
What is believing?  How do we have life through believing in Jesus?  How important is that to a disciple of Jesus?
John Outline
A. From Heaven
Chapter Reference
1:1 thru 1:8 
God before Christ
1:9 thru 1:18
God in Christ
B. God Manifest in the Flesh
Chapter Reference
1:19 thru 12
In the world
13 thru 17
To his own
18 thru 19 
  Arrest, trial and crucifixion
C. To Heaven
Chapter Reference
20:1 thru 20:18
The empty tomb
20:9 thru 21 
Resurrection appearances

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