Kitchen Table Theology

144 Bible Overview

March 12, 2023 Pastor Jeff Cranston Episode 144
Kitchen Table Theology
144 Bible Overview
Show Notes

In this episode, join Tiffany Coker and Pastor Jeff Cranston as they discuss the structure and contents of the Bible. Learn about the Old Testament's five components and the New Testament's four gospels, with a special focus on Holy Week. Discover the epistles and authors such as Paul, Peter, John, and Jude, and the book of Revelation.


[00:00 - 08:46] Opening Segment

  • RC Sprawl cautions against determining theology based on personal experiences, a theme explored in the podcast
  • Listeners have praised Kitchen Table Theology for making complex theological subjects more accessible
  • Kitchen Table Theology is partnering with Columbia International University, which has a century-long history of providing biblical education


[08:47 - 17:18] Exploring the Structure and Unity of the Bible 

  • The Old Testament is divided into five components: the Pentateuch, historical books, poetic books, major prophets, and minor prophets
  • The New Testament starts with the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
  • The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) share many similarities in content
  • John's gospel presents a beautiful theological portrait of Christ, and each gospel writer wrote to a different audience but told the same story

 [17:19 - 27:03] Uncovering the Narrative of the New Testament 

  • The Harmony of the Gospels offers an overview of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday
  • The Acts of the Apostles is a sequel to Luke's Gospel, and the New Testament also includes Epistles from various authors, including Paul, Peter, John, James, Jude, and Hebrews
  • Paul wrote 13 Epistles, which are often referred to as the Pauline Epistles
  • Luke wrote 28% of the New Testament through his Gospel of Luke and Acts, while the author of Hebrews remains unknown


“One of the most dangerous things we can do as Christians is to determine our theology by our experience. Because no one's experience is normative for the Christian life. We have to determine our theology from the word of God, not from what we feel” - Tiffany Coker


Join the Conversation   


We love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at   


Visit my website and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church.    


Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranston   


Remember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!