Summary of New Testament Books Essay

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Summary of the books of the New Testament

Mark

Mark is the first written gospel of the New Testament. Mark is not an apostle, nor is he one of the disciples. It is traditionally thought that Mark is a disciple of Peter. It is unclear as to where Mark was when he wrote this gospel. The gospel of Mark appears to set the stage or pattern for the other written gospels as it may have been used as a source in the composition of Matthew and Luke. Mark uses narrative form to tell the story of Jesus’ life, beginning with His early career continuing until His death. Mark uses stories about Jesus’ teachings, travels, and miraculous works to aid the understanding of His intentions. Mark focuses on the death of Jesus and all the events
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The spread of the gospel and the increasing opposition to it are also discussed.
Paul is highlighted in this book as being the most influential apostle in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Before being converted, Paul was a persecutor and killer of Christians. This fact alone is why Paul’s conversion is so dramatic. After his conversion, Paul expressed his love of God by preaching His word with dedication and fervency. The Holy Spirit also empowered the disciples to spread the Gospel. They were His witnesses and spread His word to the ends of the earth (Acts 13:1-28).

Galatians

The Apostle Paul is clearly identified as the writer of the Epistle to the Galatians. It is believed to have been written between 48 and 52 AD. False teachers, (Judaizers), were causing problems with the Christians in Galatia. The Judaizers insisted that Christians must be circumcised and adhere to ceremonial rituals as given by Moses in order to be saved. They believed that faith alone was not enough for salvation. The truth of salvation by God’s grace alone was threatened by this false school of thought. Paul wrote to the Galatians to confirm their faith in Christ. Paul points out that men are justified by faith without the rituals of the Law of Moses.
Paul testifies about receiving the Gospel. As warning against false teaching, Paul states, “As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than

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