New Testament Survey - Module 2: The Gospels and Acts

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second module of the New Testament Survey Course. In this module, we'll be working through the four New Testament Gospels and the Book of Acts

This module is the introduction to the life and work of Jesus, and His significance for all of world history. These books cover His birth, life, teaching, eventual death, and then His resurrection. But throughout, they describe the theological significance of all that He did. And then the book of Acts continues the story of what Jesus began by telling the story of how His first followers spread the good news about Jesus throughout the Roman empire of the time, highlighting the theological and missionary significance of all that they did.

Through this module, you will learn the background, organization, content, and themes of all of these New Testament books. But you will also be invited to explore the significance and application of all of these insights to your own personal life and ministry.

Module Objectives and Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, the student will:

  • Place the people, places, and events related to Jesus, as covered in the Gospels, into a general chronology
  • Explain the main message(s), organization, theme(s), and/or character(s) of the four Gospels and Acts.
  • Explain and apply the message of the Kingdom of God, its character, timing, fulfillment, blessings and demands to the student's contemporary situation.
  • Have a growing understanding, love, and appreciation for the person of Jesus, as displayed in the four Gospels.
  • Have a growing understanding or the nature and mission of the Christian church, as described in the Book of Acts, and a desire to participate in that mission.

Course Documents

In this section, you'll find links to important and supplemental documents for this module. Click the following links to open each document. The first group contains documents that explain and give instruction for all the course activities in this module. The second group is a set of blank lecture notes which you may use as a companion for the video lectures. And the last group contains overview and supplemental documents for some of the topics covered in this module.

Instruction Guides

Bible Summaries


In this section, you will find the video lectures for all the Gospels and Acts. They are designed to be watched in order, but each video should make sense on its own. Click each thumbnail to open access to each video. There are also links with each video if you prefer to watch on the YouTube interface or download just the audio to listen offline.

11: The Life of Christ
12: Introduction to the Gospels
13: The Gospel of Matthew
13b: The Great Commission - Matt. 28:16-20
14: The Gospel of Mark
15: The Gospel of Luke
16: Acts
17: The Gospel of John
17a: The Prologue of John's Gospel - Jn 1:1-18
17b: The New Birth - Jn 3:1-21
18: The Kingdom in Jesus


In this section, you will find the review slides from the course lectures for module 2. This is a convenient way to view and review the summaries for each lecture. Click the Thumbnail picture to begin the slide show.

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Review Quiz

This section is a link to a separate page which contains a review quiz to test your understanding of the objective material for Module 2. By clicking the link, you will be taken to a series of questions, in random order. Answer each question and then push the Submit button to check your answers. Every question must be answered before you can submit the quiz. At the end, you will be shown your score for the entire quiz. The quiz will be different each time, so feel free to take it more than once. Click the Thumbnail picture to begin the quiz.


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Discussion/Reflection/Essay Questions

This section contains questions for further thought and discussion from Module 2. 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. Click the Thumbnail to view the questions.


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The following questions are for your thoughtful consideration and discussion:

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Module Completed!

Congratulations, you have reached the end of the second module. I hope that you have found it rewarding and have noticed personal growth.

I encourage you to continue on the next module as soon as is convenient. The button below will take you to Module 3.