Jesus and the Gospel Four


Winter 2024

Class Information

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The four Gospels will be studied in eight weekly lessons with an optional and "on demand" ninth week review of the Jesus portrayed in the four Gospels. Click here for a viewable, printable, and downloadable class schedule.


The reference material for each weekly lesson are listed below. By clicking on a "Week Number" below, the links for the various resources will be revealed.


Besides the Scripture text itself, the primary study tools are the Prologue and the scripture Summaries written by Rev. Spence.

Click on the desired document listed below:

Prologue: Setting the Jewish and Roman Stage for the Gospels 

Gospel of Mark Summary 

Gospel of Matthew Summary 

Gospel of Luke Summary 

Gospel of John Summary 

(Once opened, the 'portable document' [pdf file] is presented for viewing, printing, or downloading.)


There are many versions or translations of the Bible. Students are encouraged to read and refer to their preferred translation. Each weekly lesson will cover selected chapters of the Bible. The online Scripture references use the services of BibleGateway. BibleGateway is an extremely useful online Bible with many versions and translations. BibleGateway also provides a parallel or side-by-side view of selected translations. Students are invited to explore the various translations. 

For this study, Rev. Spence has selected the New International Version (NIV) as the default translation displayed in parallel with the Mounce Reverse Interlinear New Testament (MOUNCE). Click here for information about the New International Version translation. Click here for information about the Mounce Reverse Interlinear New Testament. 

An optional, but useful resource, are short videos that provide an overview of the books of the Bible from BibleProjectBibleProject is a nonprofit, crowdfunded organization that produces 100% free Bible videos, podcasts, blogs, classes, and educational Bible resources to help make the biblical story accessible to everyone everywhere. 


For each week of the in-person class session, Rev. Spence has recorded a video lecture presenting the information covered for that week. The links to view or download each video lecture are found by clicking on the desired week below.

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Week 1 - JAN 30


The Jewish & Roman Stage of the Jesus Story

Week 2 - FEB 6

Gospel of Mark

The Shortest and the First Gospel

Week 3 - FEB 13

Gospel of Matthew

The Longest and Most Jewish Gospel - Part 1

Week 4 - FEB 20

Gospel of Matthew

The Longest and Most Jewish Gospel - Part 2

Week 5 - FEB 27

Gospel of Luke

The Upside-Down World of the Kingdom of God - Part 1

Week 6 - MAR 5

Gospel of Luke

The Upside-Down World of the Kingdom of God - Part 2

Week 7 - MAR 12

Gospel of John

The Most Unique and Spiritual Gospel - Part 1

Week 8 - MAR 19

Gospel of John

The Most Unique and Spiritual Gospel - Part 2