Harmony Bible Index – Phase 1

Phase 1 | Sections 1-23
Phase 1 in the life of Jesus begins before time, includes the incarnation and early years of Christ’s life until the time he was about 30 years old. The thematic emphasis and principle for ministry is to be Incarnational.

In this phase ministry teams are intentional to invite people to participate and associate with the Church, while challenging more mature disciples to “go” into the world, shine the light that dwells in you, be the embodiment of God’s grace through an incarnational ministry.

TIPSRead or Print all the passages in Phase 1. Click “Notes” open the corresponding podcast and study notes. “BibleVR” is displayed if there is a corresponding Virtual Reality resource available. Review our map and timeline for this phase, and watch our video introduction.

WEEK SECTION RESOURCES BIBLICAL EVENT MATTHEW MARK LUKE JOHN
1 1 BibleVR 
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Luke’s purpose in writing a Gospel Lk 1:1-4
2 2 Notes 📃 John’s prologue: Jesus, the pre-existent Word Incarnate Jn 1:1-18
3 3 BibleVR 
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Jesus’ legal lineage: Joseph and natural lineage: Mary Mt 1:1-17 Lk 3:23b-38
4 4 BibleVR 
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John’s birth foretold to Zechariah Lk 1:5-25
5 5 BibleVR 
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Jesus’ birth foretold to Mary Lk 1:26-38
6 BibleVR 
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Mary’s visit to Elizabeth/Elizabeth’s song Lk 1:39-45
6 7 BibleVR 
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Mary’s song of joy Lk 1:46-56
7 8a BibleVR 
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John’s birth Lk 1:57-66
8b BibleVR 
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Zechariah’s prophetic song Lk 1:67-79
8c Notes 📃 John’s growth and early life Lk 1:80
8 9 BibleVR 
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Circumstances of Jesus’ birth explained to Joseph Mt 1:18-25
9 10 BibleVR 
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Birth of Jesus Lk 2:1-7
11 Notes 📃 Praise of the angels and witness of the shepherds Lk 2:8-20
10 12 Notes 📃 Circumcision of Jesus Lk 2:21
13 Notes 📃 Jesus presented in the temple Lk 2:22-38
11 14 Notes 📃 Visit of the Magi Mt 2:1-12
15 BibleVR 
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Escape into Egypt Mt 2:13-18
12 16 Notes 📃 Return to Nazareth Mt 2:19-23 Lk 2:39
17 Notes 📃 Growth and early life of Jesus Lk 2:40
18 Notes 📃 Jesus’ first Passover in Jerusalem Lk 2:41-50
19 Notes 📃 Jesus’ growth to adulthood Lk 2:51-52
13 20 Notes 📃 John’s ministry launched Mk 1:1 Lk 3:1-2
21 Notes 📃 John’s person, proclamation and baptism Mt 3:1-6 Mk 1:2-6 Lk 3:3-6
14 22 Notes 📃 John’s messages to Pharisees, crowds, tax collectors and soldiers Mt 3:7-10 Lk 3:7-14
23 Notes 📃 John’s description of the Christ Mt 3:11-12 Mk 1:7-8 Lk 3:15-18

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Phase 1 | Sections 1-23
Phase 1 in the life of Jesus begins before time, includes the incarnation and early years of Christ’s life until the time he was about 30 years old. The thematic emphasis and principle for ministry is to be Incarnational.

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Phase 2 | Sections 24-40
This phase begins with the baptism of Jesus, and includes his temptation, his first followers, the wedding in Cana of Galilee, his dialog with Nicodemus and the woman at the well. It encompasses the 18-21 months after his baptism. The thematic emphasis and principle for ministry is to be Relational.

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Phase 3 | Sections 41-48
The ministry emphasis in Phase 3 is to be experiential. In the life of Christ it encompasses about 4-6 months of Jesus ministry beginning with his calling of the first four disciples and ending with a dialog with some prominent Jews after a banquet at Matthew’s home. Ministry in this phase engages disciples in active ministry to and with others in ministry that is: incarnational, relational, and experiential. Younger disciples (those in phase 2) are getting hands on experience in ministry with the guidance of  more mature disciples. Each experience builds up the faith, knowledge, and Christian integrity of the one another.

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Phase 4 | Sections 49a-52
Phase four begins with the story of Jesus healing an invalid on the Sabbath and concludes a short 3-5 months thereafter just before appointing the first 12 Apostles. It’s a season in ministry which is very Intentional.  Disciples are actively sharing their faith, known to others as being a Christian, engaged in ministry.  When discipling others through this phase our priority is to equip them better for the ministry to which they are called. Key lessons include: reliance on the Holy Spirit, discipling others, and the unity of service and heart throughout whole Church.

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Phase 5a | Sections 53-70a
The overall focus of Phase 5 is a missional lifestyle spanning Sections 53-184 covering the last 15 months in the life of Christ until his ascension. We’ve broken into four parts: Phase 5a includes only Section 53-70a beginning with the Appointment of the Twelve Apostles is about one’s Apprenticeship. 

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Phase 5b | Sections 70b-101b
The overall focus of Phase 5 is a missional lifestyle spanning Sections 53-184 covering the last 15 months in the life of Christ until his ascension. We’ve broken into four parts: Phase 5b hones in on the training of the twelve spanning Sections 70b-101b beginning with the Commissioning of the Twelve.

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Phase 5c | Sections 102a-127b
The overall focus of Phase 5 is a missional lifestyle spanning Sections 53-184 covering the last 15 months in the life of Christ until his ascension. We’ve broken into four parts: The focus of Phase 5c is about Multiplying which is seen in Sections 102a-127b beginning with the Commissioning the Seventy.

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Phase 5c | Sections 128a-184
The overall focus of Phase 5 is about having a missional lifestyle. It spans Sections 53-184 covering the last 15 months in the life of Christ until his ascension. We’ve broken into four parts: Phase 5d includes Sections 128a-184 covering the events of Holy Week, the Great Commission, and Jesus’ Ascension. Disciples in this phase have a lifestyle which is renown. The fruit and followers from years of ministry humbles their heart by the knowledge of the grace and truth of God which saved and transformed their life, and however great or small their ministry – they aim to honor Christ alone.

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