Lesson 1: 400 Years of Silence and An Overview of the New Testament

“These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:”

—John 17:1

Key Verse Thought: Read today’s key verse. Glorify means “to render the divine character and attributes of God.” This verse was the beginning of Jesus’ prayer in the garden just before He was arrested to die on the cross for the sin of mankind. In our study of the Old Testament, we understood that God had promised to send One into the world to restore the relationship between God and man. In this lesson, we will begin to understand that this person was revealed in the New Testament. It is Jesus. Therefore, it is with this verse that we will begin our study of the New Testament and understand why it was written.

Emphasis: It is important to understand how the New Testament fits and belongs with the rest of the Bible. The Old Testament is the just the beginning, and the completion is found in the New Testament. With the New Testament comes the fulfillment of the promise God made when man first sinned in the beginning.

Lesson Summary: In completing our study of the Old Testament, we found many promises left unfulfilled, and the beginning of a story without the ending. In this lesson, as we begin our study of the New Testament, we will understand that this part of the Bible answers many questions, and fulfills the promises God made. 

First in our study, we will remember what happened in the four-hundred years between the Old and New Testaments. Next, we will learn how the New Testament is arranged, so that we can understand it better. Understanding how the New Testament fits will help us as we learn about the life of Jesus and the establishment of the church. Since this is an overview, the information will be very limited. We will study each book deeper as we come to them. In this lesson, the idea is to just become somewhat familiar with each book, their order, and the connection they have with one another.     

Especially begin to understand: the hope of the “Promised One to come” found throughout the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament as Jesus.

Year Three Quarter One – Lesson 1 Questions

Year Three Quarter One – Lesson 1 Children’s Worksheets

We made a hanging with the verse John 17:1.

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