Category: Introductions and Outlines

Outline of Revelation

Outline of Revelation

I. The opening vision (1:1-20)

II. 7 letters to the churches (2:1-3:22)

III. Vision of God and the Lamb (4:1-5:14)

IV. 7 Seal Judgments (6:1-8:5)

V. 7 Trumpet Judgments (8:6-11:19)

VI. Parenthetical: Visions of earthly and heavenly conflict (12:1-14:20)

VII. The 7 Bowl Judgments (15:1-16:21)

VIII. Judgment of the prostitute of false religion and of Babylon (17:1-19:21)

IX. The end of the age and the dawning of the world to come (20:1-22:21)

Outline of 1 John

Outline of 1 John

I. The believer’s fellowship with God (1:1-10)

II. A new commandment to love (2:1-17)

III. Warning against Antichrist and evil (2:18-29)

IV. Christian behavior (3:1-24)

V. False teachers (4:7-21)

VI. The love of God (4:7-21)

VII. The victory of faith (5:1-21)

Outline of 1 Peter

Outline of 1 Peter

I. The glory of salvation by Christ (1:1-24)

II. Christian obedience (2:1-10)

III. Suffering and the example of Christ (2:11-25)

IV. Christian living at home and in the world (3:1-17)

V. Suffering and the example provided by Christ (3:18-4:19)

VI. Christian service (5:1-14)

Outline of James

Outline of James

I. The true life of faith (1:1-2:7)

II. The social implications of true faith (2:1-13)

III. Faith and works (2:14-26)

IV. Controlling the tongue (3:1-18)

V. Practical exhortations (4:1-17)

VI. Rebuking the rich (5:1-6)

VII. Concluding exhortations (5:7-20)

Outline of Hebrews

Outline of Hebrews

I. The superiority of Christ (1:1-3:19)

II. The better life of the believer (4:1-16)

III. Christ, the superior High Priest (5:1-8:13)

IV. The Better Covenant (9:1-10:39)

V. Heroes of the faith (11:1-40)

VI. Practical instructions for believers (12:1-13:19)

VII. Concluding remarks (13:20-25)

Overview of the Gospel According to Matthew

Overview of the Gospel According to Matthew

Author: Matthew, the Apostle

Original Audience: Matthew wrote especially to the Jews.

Date of Writing: Approximately A.D. 60–65

Background: Matthew was a Jewish tax collector who became one of Jesus’ disciples. This Gospel forms the connecting link between the Old and New Testaments because of its emphasis on the fulfillment of prophecy.

Major Theme: Christ, the Incarnate God, Immanuel, has inaugurated the kingdom of God and the new covenant, which is realized in the Church.


Key Concepts

  • Jesus is the promised Messiah, whose death brings salvation from sin.
  • Jesus’ birth, life and death on the cross fulfilled the promises of the Old Testament.
  • Jesus’ resurrection vindicated his claims and brought in a new era of salvation for all who believe in him.”


Essential Verses (NIV)

  • Matthew 5:17: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
  • Matthew 7:21: Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
  • Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
  • Matthew 22:37: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
  • Matthew 28:19–20: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching “them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Key Teachings:

  • Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Scriptures.
  • Jesus is the promised King (Messiah).
  • Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of God while on Earth.
  • Jesus’ followers must spread the kingdom to all nations.
  • Jesus’ followers will suffer, but Jesus is always with them.
  • Jesus will complete the kingdom of God at his return.


Reading Guide:

Matthew can be read in 14 days by taking two chapters per day.