A Note from the Author

The ultimate goal of life is to know God; everything else is secondary. To paint a picture of Him, in our mind, we need a starting point. There are many places we might begin our pursuit of knowing God.
Possibly, the very best is found in the biblical books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These four books are called Gospels. Herein one discovers the historical accounts of the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (Hebrews 1:3).

Besides being historical, the Gospels are a theological revelation of the life of Christ and His teachings. Each of the gospel writers had diverse reasons for writing their account of the Messiah. They included and excluded events and teachings according to their own distinct purposes. Therefore, one Gospel does not tell the whole story of Christ. In fact, all four Gospels do not tell the whole story, but combined they
give us a wonderful picture of the Messiah, His work and His teaching.

Various harmonies of the Gospels have been complied to place the events in the four gospels in chronological and geographical order. I have done the same with this study of the life of Christ. Where the harmonies attempt to include every event and teaching, I have selected some of them to give the student an overview of our Lord’s ministry on earth.

The purpose of the introduction is to familiarize the student with Palestine and its culture in the first century A.D.

This study of the life of Christ concludes with the anointing of Jesus by Mary at Bethany. The final week of His life and teachings is covered in my book The Passion Week of Christ.

I am indebted to countless teachers, commentaries and sources for many thoughts and ideas presented in this study. I synthesized their teachings and presented the life of Christ in my words.

May the Father and the Son through the power of the Holy Spirit bless your study of the Word of God.

Robert P. Conway

Editor’s Note

I am very pleased to present this study on the life of Christ.  This study was written by my friend and mentor Bob Conway.  It is reprinted here online with his permission and blessing.  As much as possible I have copied the his book completely but occasionally some things don’t translate perfectly into an online format.  This means that some of the charts are chopped up a bit and there are no Greek words (written in Greek letters) for those who actually understand the language.  Overall, this is very much what Bob has written and only a little bit has been lost in the editing process.  Hopefully what is gained though – the ability to share this with thousands of people who I hope will read and use this Bible study – outweighs what is lost.

While this is a study on the life of Christ, it is fair to note up front that there is a significant portion of the life of Christ missing.  That portion would be the final week of Jesus’ ministry which actually accounts for about half of the gospel passages.  Needless to say, this is intentional as a second book is necessary to do this final week justice.  The good news is that Bob has also written on the Passion Week and I will be putting it online as time allows.

Navigation through the book is simple.  The book is broken down into sections or can be read straight through by clicking on the links from top to bottom.

God bless,
Michael Stine

About the Author

At the age of seven, Bob was led to the Lord through the wordless book by a woman with C.E.F.  Immediately, he began reading the Bible, praying, and attending Sunday School and worship services.  His deep desire to know the God of the Bible has burned within him since his conversion.

Bob is a graduate of the following institutions:

  • William Penn Senior High School, York, PA
  • United States Army Communication Center School, Fort Detrick, MD
  • American Institute of Banking
  • Pennsylvania Bankers Trust School, Bucknell University
  • National Graduate School of the America Bankers Association and Northwestern University
  • York Bible Training Institute, York, PA
  • Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN.

Bob also studied at the Institute of Holy Land Studies (Jerusalem University College) on four occasions.

Bob’s accreditations are:

  • Certified Financial Services Counselor by the American Bankers Association
  • Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary
  • Ordained Elder in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ

Bob served in the United States Army for three years, the last year as a communication center supervisor in the Army War Room of the Pentagon. When called by God to prepare for pastoral ministry, he was vice president and senior tax & accounting manger of the Commonwealth National Bank. After graduation from Seminary, he served as the senior pastor of the Orrstown Church of the United Brethren in Christ for seventeen years.

Since 2007, he has taught the following courses, during second semester, at Jamaica Bible College and Community Institute, Mandeville, Jamaica:

  • Pastoral Theology
  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Old Testament Theology
  • Pentateuch
  • Book of Revelation
  • Romans Exegesis
  • Life and Teachings of Christ
  • Prophetic Books

Bob is married to Lois for forty-six years, who faithfully serves the Lord by his side. Both have been teaching in Good News Camps of Child Evangelism Fellowship for past twenty years and before that about twenty years in youth camps at Rhodes Grove Camp.