New Testament

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New Testament

The New Testament is the second part of the Bible, written in the first century AD. It is much shorter than the Old Testament, containing just 27 books. It was written by friends and followers of Jesus to help the first Christians understand more about who Jesus was and why he is so special.

The stories of Jesus are found in the New Testament, in the first four books (known as the ‘gospels’). These are among the most important books in the Bible for Christians, because Jesus is so important to everything they believe and do. The gospels record what Jesus said and did and Christians do their best to live by this teaching and example.
Over half of the books found in the New Testament were written by St Paul, or the Apostle Paul. These were not written as ‘books’, but are instead a series of letters to the first church groups. Over the years, Paul’s writing has influenced a lot of what Christians believe and do on a day to day basis; for example, how they worship and how they structure their churches. Many of the Church’s ethics (i.e. understanding of right and wrong) relate to ideas found in Paul’s letters.

Take a look through this section to find out more about what’s in the New Testament. You will find modern-day retellings of stories found in this part of the Bible, as well as Christians explaining how some of the stories and teachings in the New Testament have shaped their understanding of God, themselves and the world around them. For more information on the teachings of Jesus, found in the gospel accounts which begin the New Testament, please browse articles found in our ‘Jesus’ section.

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New Testament Articles

Miracles on the Lake

What was life like for Andrew as he leaves his fishing nets to become a fisher of mankind?

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Miracles on the Lake

What was life like for Andrew as he leaves his fishing nets to become a fisher of mankind?

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A number of Jesus’ disciples were fisherman – making their living from the lake. This film is seen from the point of view of Andrew, one of these disciples, as he describes what life around the lake is like with Jesus, the teacher and the […]

Barabbas – a symbol of atonement?

What can we learn from the story of the man who was released in the place of Jesus?

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Barabbas – a symbol of atonement?

What can we learn from the story of the man who was released in the place of Jesus?

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At the time that Jesus was arrested there was another man also being held. This man was Barabbas, a terrorist who had murdered a number of people in the uprising. It was a custom during the Passover for the governor to release one prisoner and […]

The man who said thank you – the healing of the 10 men with leprosy.

What happened when 10 men were healed from leprosy?

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The man who said thank you – the healing of the 10 men with leprosy.

What happened when 10 men were healed from leprosy?

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One day Jesus came across ten men who were suffering from leprosy. Jesus healed all ten of the men but why did only one of the men return to say thank you? This modern retelling of the miracle is retold from the point of view […]

Breakfast on the Beach – a miracle

Who was the man who told Peter and his friends where to catch the fish?

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Breakfast on the Beach – a miracle

Who was the man who told Peter and his friends where to catch the fish?

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After Jesus’ crucifixion Peter and some of the other disciples went back to their own lives as fishermen. The first time they went out they had little luck and after all night trying they had caught nothing. As day dawned and they began to make […]

John

John – an eyewitness account.

What is the significance of Holy Week and Easter for Christians?

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Click here for additional teaching material and collective worship. Glossary to support the film series – John This is the same disciple who was eyewitness to all these things and wrote them down. And we all know that his eyewitness account is reliable and accurate. […]

Miraculous catch of fish

What happened when Jesus went out in Peter's fishing boat?

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Miraculous catch of fish

What happened when Jesus went out in Peter's fishing boat?

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Filmed at the beautiful fishing harbour at Lyme Regis, this short film tells the story of the miraculous catch of fish found in Luke 5:1-11. How would you have felt if you were Peter and the other fishermen? Would you have done what Jesus had asked? […]

The Good Samaritan

How should we treat other people?

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The Good Samaritan

How should we treat other people?

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                             Parables are special stories that Jesus told to help teach us how we should live. The parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us how we should treat others. Click here for […]

The Jailer’s Wife – a New Testament account

What would it take to change your life?

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The Jailer’s Wife – a New Testament account

What would it take to change your life?

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Imagine being a jailer and suddenly a huge earthquake shakes all the cell doors open. Imagine your shock when you discover none of the prisoners have escaped but instead they are in their cells singing hymns and praising God. What impact would that have on […]

Mary – a sister’s story

The raising of Lazarus from the dead - as told by his sister.

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Mary – a sister’s story

The raising of Lazarus from the dead - as told by his sister.

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Mary, Martha and Lazarus were amongst Jesus’ best friends. One day, however, when Lazarus needed Jesus the most – he seemed to be no where in sight. How would you feel if the man who had healed so many let your brother, his good friend, […]

Ananias – a story from the early church.

The story of a man's sight restored and a life changed

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Ananias – a story from the early church.

The story of a man's sight restored and a life changed

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How would you feel if you were asked to pray for someone? How would you feel if that man was someone you feared, someone who had been responsible for the death of some of your friends? That is exactly what happened to Ananias when he […]