New Testament Survey - Course Introduction
Hi everyone, and welcome to the New Testament survey course. The official description of this course is: An overview of the New Testament, highlighting its organization, overall themes, historical context, and major events, as well as key ideas, places, people, and message of each Biblical book.
I have taught this material at the college level for years. And I'm now making this material available for schools, churches, small groups, and individuals who would like to know God's Word better. I'm fortunate to be able to offer this material without charge, but please don't assume that it is low quality because it is free. This course has been proven in many educational settings, and I have worked hard to make this material beneficial at many levels. Feel free to use this material in any way that honors Christ and advances His kingdom.
What you'll Accomplish
Who should take this course?
This course is aimed to be useful for a broad spectrum of students. This course is an introductory survey of the New Testament. Therefore, it is aimed for people with little or no previous knowledge of the New Testament. However, this course can also be beneficial to those with significant previous exposure.
This course is primarily designed to help Christians grow in their faith. But it will also be informative for any person who would like to be better informed about the Christian perspective on the New Testament. This course will give an overview understanding of what Christians believe about the second part of the Christian Bible.
This material was originally taught at the college level, but it is accessible to almost any level, because it is a beginner level course.
And this course has been designed to be used by either an individual, or by a group. Therefore, it is appropriate for churches, colleges, schools, small groups, or any group or individual who wishes to understand the New Testament better.
Course Objectives (Cognitive):
Upon successful completion of this course, each student should be able to:
- Articulate the 'Big-Picture' history of the New Testament People of God and the overall message of the New Testament.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of the New Testament Scriptures and their relevance to life and ministry.
- Place the Major NT people, events and books in a general chronology.
- Explain the main message(s), organization, theme(s), and/or character(s) of every NT book.
- Use the NT as a means to grow in worship, devotion and Christian character.
Course Goals (Mindset):
Upon successful completion of this course, each student should have opportunity to:
- Use the NT as a means to grow in worship, devotion, and Christian character
- Use the foundation from this survey as the basis for continued fruitful study in the New Testament
- Demonstrate a growing esteem of Jesus and His Holy Word.
How This Course Works
The following resources are made available to the student as part of this course:
This course is in process of development. I will make each video lecture available as they are ready. The video lectures form the heart of this course and will give you an idea of what the completed course will accomplish.
In the future, I will come back and post all the documentation and other resources for each module, as well as descriptions and instructions for all of the resources and activities on this introduction page. But for now, feel free to explore each module and see what resources are currently available, and check back to see when new ones are posted.
Each module contains a number of lectures on video. These videos cover a portion of the course material. And they also include reviews at the end to summarize the teaching of each section. It is recommended that the student not just passively watch the videos, but actively interact with the course material. Blank lecture notes are included in each module for your benefit. These can all be watched from the course website or, if you prefer, there are links to the each video in the youtube interface.
Example Module Content
In the following sections, you will find the layout of a typical course module. Also in these sections, you will find (in the appropriate section) all of the introductory material and explanations for all the assignments as described above.
In this section, you will find a brief introduction to each individual module. This section includes the objectives for each module.
In this section, you will find documents for each course module. These will include instructions for all activities, background material, and any supplementary material for the module.
Below, you will find links to documents which cover the course as a whole.
In this section, you will find the video lectures on all the course material. They are designed to be watched in order, but each video should make sense on its own. Each thumbnail will open a standard embedded web video when clicked. These can be expanded to full screen, or there is are links if you prefer to watch them in the YouTube interface or listen to (or download) an mp3 of just the audio.
In This section, you will find the summary reviews from each video lecture in a convenient format for review and study.
Module Review Quiz
This section is a link to a separate page which contains a sample quiz to test your understanding of the objective material for this introduction.
Module Discussion/Reflection/Essay Questions
This section contains questions for further though and discussion. These questions can also be used as essay questions in a classroom setting exam. It is recommended that you take time to think through these issues in order to thoroughly grasp the significance and explore the application of the material you are learning.
At any time, you can click the menu at the top to jump to any module in this course. Or you can click the button below to begin Module 1. I hope you enjoy, and I pray that you grow in understanding of the New Testament and devotion to its author.