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Introduction to Luke's Gospel

General background and author

Luke is part of a two volume work (the second half of which is the book of Acts) which describes the life and work of Jesus and the beginning of the church.  Although the author’s name does not appear in either book, the language and structure of Luke and Acts indicates that they were written by the same person.  Certain sections of Acts use “we”, indicating that the author was with Paul during these times, and Paul’s “dear friend Luke, the doctor” (Col.

Introduction to John's Gospel

Author, date and place of writing

The Gospel of John was written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 21:20, 24).  This person is not identified by name in the Gospel, but we know that the three closest disciples to Jesus were Peter, James and John (Matthew 17:1, 26:37, Mark 5:37).  Peter is often described as being with the beloved disciple (John 13:23-24, 20:2, 21:20-21), and James was killed by Herod Agrippa no later than AD44 (Acts 12:2), so John is accepted as being the author.

Introduction to Ephesians

General background to the letter

The letter to the Ephesians was written by the Apostle Paul (Eph. 1:1) while he was under house arrest in Rome in AD61-62 (Eph. 3:1, 4:1, 6:20).  Paul was surrounded by his friends like Luke, Timothy, Aristarchus, Epaphrus, Onesimus and Tychicus (who delivered this letter to Ephesus – Eph. 6:21).  It seems likely that Paul also wrote the letters of Colossians and Philemon during this imprisonment.

Introduction to Titus

General background to the letter

This letter was written by the Apostle Paul to Titus, who had been an associate of Paul’s for over 15 years. Titus had a convincing conversion and was used as an example of an uncircumcised Gentile believer when Paul spoke to the apostles in Jerusalem (Galatians 2:1-3). Paul considered Titus to be, in a spiritual sense, his “true son in our common faith” (Titus 1:4).

Introduction to Philippians

General background to the letter

This letter was written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Philippi (Phil 1:1), a leading city in ancient Macedonia in the northern part of Greece. Although Greece had fallen under the rule of the Roman Empire, it remained a centre of culture and learning and most educated people of this time spoke Greek.

Introduction to Colossians

General background to the letter

This letter was written to the Church in Colosse – a city of the Roman Empire, located in what is now modern Turkey. The author is the apostle Paul (Colossians 1:1), and it is likely he wrote this letter towards the end of his first imprisonment in Rome in AD60-61 (Colossians 4:4). Paul was under house arrest while awaiting trial, and his colleague Tychicus probably carried the letter to Colosse (Colossians 4:7) along with the letter to the Ephesians.

Introduction to Romans

General background to the letter

The letter to the church in Rome was written by the Apostle Paul. This letter was a prelude to his anticipated personal visit to Rome. Paul’s intention was that Rome would become a missionary centre to the west, as Antioch, Ephesus and Philippi were to the east.

Introduction to Mark's Gospel

We'll introduce the Gospel of Mark using 5 basic questions:

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Introduction to 1 Peter

We'll introduce 1 Peter using 5 basic questions:



  • Who wrote 1 Peter?

This is easy (and the clue is in the question!) The very first verse tells us that the author is “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ”.

An outline of John’s Gospel

An colour-coded outline of John's Gospel in chart form.  (Available as a pdf)

The chart outline of John includes the following...

  • 'Book of Signs' and 'Book of Glory'
  • Sub-section divisions
  • Chapter-by-chapter breakdown