Course Outline for E.M.P.T.Y. NT Survey

E.M.P.T.Y., A Survey of the New Testament

Teacher: Jim Gates

Course Objectives:

1.      Equip participants with an overall framework for understanding the story of Jesus Christ and the apostolic church, as well as basic familiarity with the books of the New Testament

2.      Equip participants with tools to apply the Scriptures of the New Testament to their own lives in a coherent and theologically consistent manner

3.      Establish new and meaningful relationships between participants in the class


Typical Format:

40 minutes of teaching

20 minutes of discussion (various formats)

Course Outline:

E.M.P.T.Y. is an acronym for Expectations, Messiah, Pentecost, Teachings, and Yet-to-Come..[1]  Together, Dr. Kaminski’s acronyms for the Old and New Testament studies proclaim “CASKET EMPTY” – a reminder of the empty tomb of Jesus after his resurrection.  This acronym will give some basic structure to both this Fall’s class and also the Winter/Spring sessions of LIFE.  Weeks in the Fall Session will be delineated as follows:

September 14 – E and M – Expectations and the Messiah (Gospel of Mark)

September 21– M – Messiah (Gospel of John)

September 28  – M – Messiah(Gospel of Matthew)

October 5– M and P – Messiah and Pentecost (Gospel of Luke/Acts of the Apostles)

October 12      – T – Teachings (Romans)

October 19    – T – Teachings (1 and 2 Corinthians)


Do’s and Don’ts:

DO:  Participate in the NEW Movement daily readings. 

DO:  Do attend as regularly as possible; do follow on the blog when you miss a class.

DON’T: Become discouraged or disengaged if you miss a class or fall behind in the readings.  Each lecture/discussion is designed to stand on its own without knowledge of prior classes.


[1] C.A.S.K.E.T. E.M.P.T.Y. is an acronym and curriculum designed by Dr. Carol Kaminski, professor at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.  We will use her outline and her book occasionally.  You do not need a copy; but if you’d like to purchase one, or her fantastic outline, you can do so at