The Gospel of Matthew was written to connect the Old Testament with the New, by touching on how all the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled through the birth of Jesus. Matthew portrays Jesus as King: Tracing the genealogy of Jesus, we see how He descended from David’s royal line to be the long-awaited Messiah, who would usher in the everlasting Kingdom.
The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the synoptic Gospels. The narrative of the book can be divided into 2 distinct sections – Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and the events of His journey toward Jerusalem and the Cross, with His Messianic identity essentially underlying the whole Gospel. Mark portrays Jesus as the Servant, His work always serving a greater purpose for God.
The Gospel of Luke focuses on Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the World. Jesus is seen as fully Man and fully God, offering salvation to all humanity. Luke portrays Jesus as the Son of Man, preaching the Good News to the marginalized and magnifies His compassion for them.
The last of the four Gospels, John portrays Jesus as the Son of God through His miracles, which culminated with the resurrection of Lazarus. Jesus shows Himself to be the Source of light and life for all we believe. Both fully God and fully man, Jesus dwelt among us as the flesh of our eternal God to enable us to see God’s glory.
The book of Acts traces the history and growth of the early Church. It is an overview of Christianity that bridges the Gospels and the epistles, presenting the principles of the model church as a community of believers. Acts also covers the acts of God through the Holy Spirit acting in men, leading people to Jesus Christ through the zeal and faith of Jesus’ Apostles.