The Chronological Gospels
Our Father gave us four accounts of the Life of Christ so that we can gain wisdom and understanding from the four very different perspectives. All four add to the overall message but the full picture of Christ is even greater than the individual parts (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). What each included in their individual, gospel shaped by their background and personality under God’s all inspired guidance blends into the full harmony of the gospels. Also, what was not included in each of the accounts speaks loudly. Why does John not share any of the parables, the Sermon on the Mount, the Transfiguration, nor the many of miracles of Christ? He says nothing about the birth of Jesus but spends half of his book on the events around the cross. Mark explodes with scenes of the power of Christ, Matthew wades through all the traditions of the Jews and Luke is careful to include all the necessary details for to understand the compassion of Christ and John provides the evidence to build our faith.
- Teacher: Brian Garnett
Paul’s letter to the Romans is generally considered the most complete statement of New Testament belief.
The dynamic of Romans is one of tension between Jewish and Gentile Christians, as well as between the Old and New Laws. Paul’s letter sorts through those tensions, offering peace and harmony through God’s grace.
- Teacher: Gary Witcher