The New Testament is more connected to the Old Testament than you might think. New Testament authors were steeped in Old Testament imagery, prophecies, and writing styles. The New Testament is not a whole “new” story, but a continuation of the entire Bible so far. The Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Bible, tells an incomplete story about God and Israel and their continual failings to be the people God calls them to be but also gives us hope of a coming Messiah. The New Testament tells the story of that long-awaited Messiah, Jesus. The cohesion is made evident in the writings of the New Testament where authors often reference back to Old Testament scriptures.
- God & Humanity: Creation of man in a perfect garden who rebels, is exiled, but given a promise of a “New one to come.”
- God & Israel: A covenant with Abraham to be priests to all men who rebel, is exiled, but the promise of a “New one, a new priest, to come.”
- Prophets & Poets: Convict man of his rebellion and evil, but prophesi that God Himself will come and set up a “new Creation.”
- Gospels: Jesus is the answer to the promise, the human-God servant, who will show what our potential without evil can be. He will overcome evil both while living and in his death through His love.
- Acts: Those who accept this gift invite others to join them and Jesus, to be renewed creatures.
- Revelation: Those who are renewed will rule together, with Jesus, in the new creation.
Look In: Discussion
- In the Old Testament, what are examples of man’s rebellion against God?
- How was God’s promise to Abraham, that through him all the nations of the world would be blessed, fulfilled?
- What is the theme of the Book of Acts? How does it impact us today?
Point: The Bible is a unified story leading to Jesus’ redemption and how we can join Him and be a part of a new home, a new promised land, a new humanity, and a renewed creation.
- Have you accepted the invitation and joined Jesus’ family? If not, would you like to be a part of the next chapter in the Book of Acts?
- If you are a part of His family, how can you be a part of the next chapter in the Book of Acts, inviting people to join Jesus’ family? How can you be a part of Acts 29?
- What is one thing you could do this week to begin writing that chapter?
- How will you do this one thing?
Pray for one another to do it and be ready to share what God does with your obedience.
The Bible Project: New Testament Overview