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Summary: The word "Gospel" means "Good News"

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A. INTRODUCTION

Old Testament – New Testament – The foundation

New Testament – Old Testament – The fulfillment

1. The word “Gospel” means “Good News”

2. The 4 Canonical Gospels record the good news about the coming of Christ.

3. Because they spread the “Good News” of the gospel, the authors are also called evangelists.

4. They span from Jesus’ birth to the resurrection.

5. Jesus did not write them.

6. Persuasive Histories – attempting to convince the reader that the events of Christ’s life fulfill the Old Testament and that the reader should put their faith in Christ for salvation.

7. Everything points to Jesus. “Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms concerning me” (Luke 24:44).

8. Due to a diversity of perspectives, each gospel contributes to give us a fuller picture.

9. Who wrote:

Matthew – a tax collector, Jew, Apostle of Christ from his notes

Mark – Missionary, Jew/Roman, Disciple of Peter from interviews

Luke – Doctor, Greek, through the eyes of Paul

John – Fisherman, Jew, most intimate disciple, from keen memory

10. To whom written:

Matthew – To Jews, Jews were waiting for a king; Theme: “Christ as King”

Mark – To Romans, were activists; Theme: “Christ as Servant”

Luke – To Greeks, were obsessed with the human perfection; Theme: “Christ as perfect man”

John – To the whole world, Theme: “Christ is God” but your personal Savior

B. COMPARISON OF THE FOUR GOSPELS

Matthew:

Key Word – Kingdom (28)

Key Verse – “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (2:2).

Symbol – Lion

Written to – Jews

Emphasizes – Sermons

Miracles – 18

Sermons – 3

Parables – 18

Mark:

Key Word – Immediately (34)

Key Verse – “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (10:45).

Symbol – Ox

Written to – Romans

Emphasizes – Miracles

Miracles – 27

Sermons – Olivet Discourse

Parables – 4

Luke:

Key Word – Son of Man (80)

Key Verse – “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (19:10).

Symbol – Man

Written to – Greeks

Emphasizes – Parables

Miracles – 18

Sermons – 3

Parables – 19

John:

Key Words – Believe (98) and life (36)

Key Verse – “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (20:31).

Symbol – Eagle

Written to – World

Emphasizes – Discourses

Miracles – 8

Sermons – Upper room Discourse

Parables – None

C. WHAT IS UNUSUAL ABOUT JOHN’S GOSPEL?

His reliance on seven. Seven is God’s favorite number, i.e., the number of completion.


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