Hello FPC Family!

I hope you are all off to a fantastic start to your week! This week we will look at what took place to allow for some books to be included in the New Testament we have today and why some books were left out. Before I get into that I’ve been wanting to know for some time, what is your favorite movie? Please e-mail me at michael@myfirstpres.org and let me know your favorite movie. I look forward to hearing from you all.

So when it comes to why some books were included and others were not there was a criteria that they early church leaders used. One of them was confirmed aposotlic authorship. It had to be known for sure that the book or letter that was written by who claimed to have written it. This might leave the question of Hebrews up in the air as that is the only New Testament book that does not have a stated author. We can assume that the early church was more aware of who wrote it than we are and this is why it would have been included.

Another criterion that was used was the letter or book already commonly known to many believers. By the time the New Testament was put together many of the letters of Paul, the Gospels and the catholic epistles (everything after Philemon) were commonly read by many Christians throughout the known world as they had been recopied and shared to different believers.

Lastly, there was an immediate and universal acceptance of the writings by the men who put the New Testament together. These men studied the known books and knew immediately what books should be included in the canon of Scripture. We of course cannot leave out the work of the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit guided these men through prayer and worship as they put the New Testament together. We can have confidence that the New Testament is perfect and holy, true and good. We truly serve the greatest author the universe has ever known!

In Christ,

Rev. Michael Morris

Assistant Pastor/Director of Student Ministries