In this course, you will study how Christ lived and what He taught, as recorded in the four Gospels. These teachings established the doctrines of the New Testament Church, the original Christianity as followed and taught by the apostles and leaders of the early church.
The first four books in the New Testament were written by men who were inspired by God to record what they saw and heard of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Through these written accounts, we have the opportunity almost 2,000 years later to learn what Christ did and said. By studying the social, political and religious conditions, we gain insight into the setting of these formative years of the Church that Christ built. And by focusing on the background, purpose and themes of each of the Gospels, we develop a clearer, more complete understanding of Christ and His teachings.
What do I need to have to proceed through this course?
First, our primary reference is the Bible. Make sure you have your Bible handy to check the references. Second, since we are focusing on the four Gospels and comparing what each adds to the complete picture of the life and teachings of Christ, a very helpful reference book is “A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ”, by A.T. Robertson. This is the reference book that was used in Ambassador College, as well as Living University for this course. This book is available in different editions, and is quite inexpensive. An online version is also available for free. To access the online version, just click the previous sentence, or go to the “Resources” tab and click on the appropriate link. A number of other references that might be helpful in your study are included in the “Resources” tab. Some are freely available in the public domain. In those cases, links are provided. Other references are books that can be purchased if you wish.