CVC341: New Testament Survey

Course Description

There can be no question that the most critical and important subject to master in the life of a Christian leader is the actual person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. No other subject is as significant or controversial as the meaning of his life and ministry. This class is designed to introduce you to a “life of Jesus” survey that concentrates on the historical accounts in the Gospels, beginning at the announcement of his birth to his ascension after his death at Calvary. It will also explore how that life is witnessed to through Paul’s letters, the General Epistles, and the book of Revelation. No other study can yield a greater intellectual and spiritual harvest than a concentrated focus upon the historical facts surrounding Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, passion, resurrection, and ascension. Jesus of Nazareth is Messiah and Lord of all!

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the background and context in which the New Testament books were written, including their historical, political, and cultural setting, as well as issues related to the human authorship of the books, such as theories of authorship, dates of composition, and their reception into the New Testament canon.
  2. Interpret the New Testament text according to established principles of Biblical hermeneutics, with sensitivity to issues such as literary genre, style, and cultural context.
  3. Understand the historical sequence of New Testament events, specifically by outlining the chronology of events in the Gospels, with attention to issues of harmonization, by outlining the spread of Christianity in Acts, and being able to sequence the epistles chronologically.
  4. Identify and articulate the key themes of the New Testament, with particular attention to the person and work of Christ, the nature of the Holy Spirit, the means of salvation, and the nature of the Church.
  5. Apply the New Testament’s moral teachings to contemporary social issues and to one’s personal conduct.


Course Materials & Tuition 

The New Testament Witness to Christ and His Kingdom. Don L. Davis. 290 pages. ASIN: B007FWY0T8$9.99
>The Incomparable Christ, John Stott. 264 pages.  ASIN: B00EA3KGSY$9.99
Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey, Walter A. Elwell, Robert W. Yarbrough. 448 pages.   ISBN-10: 0801039649$28.69
To Understand the Bible Look for Jesus, Norman L. Geisler. 128 pages. Kindle version available here, retitled for e-version as Christ: The Theme of the Bible.   ASIN: B01AYYZOMK

This book is also used in OT Survey, so if you took that class, you don’t need to purchase it again.

Total Cost of Course$801.67