The Gospels

{THE FOUR GOSPELS}

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{MARK}
  1. In the Beginning - {PDF Copy} - (In the ministry of Jesus, the kingdom of God arrived, beginning with his baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist)
  2. Voice in the Wilderness - {PDF Copy} - (John arrived in Judea to prepare the way for the Messiah and herald the Good News of the Kingdom)
  3. THIS is My Son! {PDF Copy} - (The Spirit of God and the voice from heaven confirm the calling and identity of Jesus - Son of God and Messiah of Israel)
  4. Kingdom Herald - {PDF Copy} - (Victorious over the Devil and empowered by the Spirit, Jesus appears in Galilee of the Nations and proclaims the Kingdom)
  5. Arrest and Fulfillment - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus began to proclaim the kingdom following the arrest of John the Baptist and in fulfillment of the Scriptures)
  6. Authority Over Ritual Purity - {PDF Copy} - (The touch of the Son of Man cleanses a leper; the forbidden contact does not render Jesus “unclean)
  7. The Son of Man has Authority - {PDF Copy} - (He is the Son of Man foreseen by Daniel, the one with absolute authority from Yahweh over the earth)
  8. Authority Over the Sabbath - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus responded to Jewish leaders by demonstrating that he is the Lord even of the Sabbath Day)
  9. The Centurion - {PDF Copy} - (In Mark, Israel’s Messiah, the Son of Man, is revealed in his death on a Roman Cross, a reality recognized only by a Roman centurion)
  10. Seed and Sower - {PDF Copy} - (The Son of Man sows the seed of the gospel in the world where it grows into the kingdom of God until the end of the age)
  11. Parables of the Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus taught several parables concerning God’s kingdom, its unexpected ways of expansion, and its status in the world)
  12. Who is this Man? - (No one recognized who Jesus was except the demons cast out by him. Only in his sacrificial death is his identity be understood) -  {PDF Copy}
  13. Cost of Discipleship - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 6:7-29 - To be a disciple means to take up one’s own cross daily and follow in his steps, including death as a martyr)
  14. Two Women Restored - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus healed two women, restoring both to a state of ritual purity – Mark 5:21-43)
  15. On the Way - (On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus explains to his disciples just what it means to be the Messiah of Israel) -  {PDF Copy}
  16. Son of Man - Imminent Death - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus explains that he is “on the way” to Jerusalem where he will be arrested, tried, and executed per the plan of God)
  17. His Triumphal Arrival - {PDF Copy} - (Mark 11:1-11 The destination of Jesus at the end of his journey was the Temple)
  18. Jesus and Tradition - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus undermines the religious rationale for dietary restrictions. With the Messiah’s arrival, old rituals have lost their relevance)
  19. His Suffering - {PDF Copy} - (To be the Messiah of Israel means suffering and death, and he summons his disciples to follow the same path)

{MATTHEW}
  1. The Salvation of Yahweh - {PDF Copy} - (The name ‘Jesus’ means “salvation of Yahweh,” for, in him, the salvation promised to Ancient Israel has arrived in all its glory)
  2. Fulfillment - Law and Prophets - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus came to bring all this is promised and foreshadowed in the Hebrew scriptures to fulfillment)
  3. Absolute Authority - {PDF Copy} - (At the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus claims absolute authority for his words. Ignore them at your peril)
  4. Temple Setting of the Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (The Olivet Discourse was given after his final departure from the Temple)
  5. Confrontation in the Temple - {PDF Copy} - (The teachings of Jesus on the Mount of Olives followed his confrontations with the Jewish religious authorities)
  6. Geographic Scope of the Discourse - {PDF Copy} - (The Discourse describes events set in two different geographic settings – regional and universal)
  7. Deceivers and False Prophets - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus warns us of coming false prophets, deceivers who will mislead many and disseminate false information about the future)
  8. Authority over All - {PDF Copy} - (The New Testament applies messianic promises in the Psalms to the present reign of Jesus who possesses all authority)

{JOHN}
  1. The Living Word - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the Word made flesh in whom the glory of God is revealed, the same word by which God created all things)
  2. The Word Made Flesh - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the word made flesh, the true tabernacle where the glory of God is revealed and resides forevermore)
  3. True and Greater Temple - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the Greater, True, and Final Temple foreshadowed by the Tabernacle and Temple constructed by ancient Israel)
  4. Interpreting the Father - {PDF Copy} - (John 1:18 - Jesus is the only one qualified to interpret and represent the Father)
  5. Grace and Truth - {PDF Copy} - (The fullness, grace, and truth of God are found only in the Word made Flesh, namely, Jesus of Nazareth)
  6. He Tabernacled Among Us - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus as the True Tabernacle in whom the glory of God is revealed and resides forevermore)
  7. The Manifest Glory of God - {PDF Copy} - (Ever since the word became flesh, the glory and knowledge of God are found in Jesus by everyone who believes)
  8. The True House of God - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus is the true and only way of access to the Father, the Greater Bethel, and the House of God)
  9. Final Sanctuary - {PDF Copy} - (John 2:13-22 - The Gospel of John presents Jesus as the True and Final Temple in which the presence of God dwells)
  10. True Worship - {PDF Copy} - (In Samaria, Jesus revealed that the presence of God no longer is limited to geographic locations or man-made structures)