Major Themes of the Gospels

Major Themes of the GospelsMatthew

  1. Meek and Humble King
  2. Continuity of OT & NT
  3. Jesus is the Son of David
  4. King of the Jews
  5. King of Israel
  6. The Kingdom of Heaven (of God)
  7. God is generous and compassionate
  8. God hates hypocrisy, pride, selfishness, greed
  9. Future rewards based on man’s treatment of Jesus’ disciples
  10. Sermon on the Mount = Gospel of the Kingdom
  11. The disciples as “learners” as opposed to the “crowds”.  Distinction is for discipleship theme.  Think obedience.
  12. Messiah’s church is his people, his family (lots of familial language)
  13. The Father and his family
  14. Brothers in the family (church)
  15. Themes: Mission of Church (making disciples), Resurrection, Eschatology (all of this is summarized in the Great Commission)

Mark

  1. Jesus, man of suffering
  2. Jesus, miracle-working, son of God
  3. Written to believers during the Neronic persecution
  4. Astonishment of Jesus and fear, also unbelief
  5. Jesus, the fulfillment of the temple
  6. Jesus, Lord of the Sabbath
  7. Driving force: who is this Jesus?
  8. Jesus’ true family is those who obey
  9. The Kingdom of God is here!
  10. Jesus withdrew often with his disciples to minister to them.  He did not seek the crowds.
  11. Even the disciples misunderstand
  12. The demands of discipleship
  13. Disciples must be servants, emulating the Great Servant
  14. The call of Jesus is the reversal of man’s perspective – the least is the greatest
  15. Jews and Romans condemned Jesus as Messiah

Luke

  1. God’s salvation: major theme
  2. Jesus: Saving Lord
  3. Holy Spirit is prominent early in Luke: God is working
  4. Prayers of Jesus: major theme
  5. Salvation is universal (all peoples)
  6. Salvation for outcasts, women, poor
  7. Year of Jubilee – Jesus fulfills
  8. Gospel is advancing and cannot be stopped or hindered
  9. Forgiveness of sin
  10. Purpose: to bring joy and peace

John

  1. The Word is a major theme
  2. Jesus replaces the temple (the presence of God)
  3. Believing is a major theme
  4. The nature and worship of the new Messianic order
  5. Faith and Life in the new Messianic order
  6. The Son is lovingly dependent on the Father
  7. God is the Father, his child is Jesus the Son
  8. The root of unbelief is a moral problem
  9. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Torah (the Word).  Jesus is the Logos.
  10. Jesus is the Bread of Life
  11. The Holy Spirit is advocate, comforter, protector.  He brings life.
  12. Jesus calls his sheep to form the New Israel, they are now family
  13. The Shepherd is identified with the Suffering Servant (the Lamb)
  14. The gospel is for the world, for all peoples, not just for Israelites
  15. The crucifixion is ordained by God.  Jesus is in control.
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7 Responses to Major Themes of the Gospels

  1. R. Powell says:

    Thank you, but I would have liked specific sources.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Again, thank-you – very helpful – but including references would have made for further reliability.

  3. Anto says:

    Thank u… it would be helpful if u give some sources related to the themes.

  4. marchmommie7 says:

    Hey good points. I’m studyign through the NT chapter by chapter and this is a good help.

  5. This is quite helpful for me as a student of the Word. I agree that Bible verse references would have helped a lot. I think also separating the main and major themes from the rest; May God bless the works of your hand

  6. Kyrshanborlang Mawlong says:

    I apprecaite you for bring this themes but it need more.

  7. renice james says:

    I really appreciate your good work,wonderful! but include;the references please.

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