We are challenging our church to read through the New Testament in 2019. Look below for a detailed weekly reading plan and other resources!
Fast Facts about the New Testament
- There are 27 books and 260 chapters in the New Testament
- While the O.T. covers events spanning over 3,600 years, the entire N.T. covers about 100 years, from 6 B.C. to 100 A.D.
- The New Testament was written in Koine Greek, the most commonly spoken language in the western world during the 1st century A.D.
- The apostle Paul was responsible for writing nearly half (13) of the books in the N.T.
- There are as many as 300 O.T. prophesies fulfilled by Jesus in the N.T.
Fast Facts about the Gospel of Matthew
- Matthew has over 18,000 words - the longest of the Gospels
- Matthew was likely the most widely read of the Gospels during the early days of the church
- Matthew is the most Jewish of the 4 Gospels, demonstrating Jesus to be the long-awaited Messiah who fulfills God's promises to Israel
- The book focuses on the words of Jesus organizing his teachings into 5 discourses
- Jesus's most famous teachings are found in the book of Matthew, in the Sermon on the Mount (Ch. 5-7)
Fast Facts About the Gospel of Mark
- Mark is the shortest Gospel, containing 661 verses
- Mark is fast paced, highlighting action over teaching and using the word "immediately" 36 times in the NKJV
- Mark devotes about 9% of the book to the passion of Christ
- Mark likes "sandwiches": in the middle of a narrative he will jump to a different situation before going back and finishing the first story all in order to teach a truth by tying all three together
Reading Plan Resources