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The Gospel by Matthew

 

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Let's Meet the King - November 2, 2014
Rather than starting our study of Matthew with the first verse and immediately plunging into the details of the verses that follow, it will help us to grasp an overview of the entire account. Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Genesis of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17 ) - November 9, 2014
Anyone who makes the decision to read through the New Testament for the first time immediately encounters a daunting challenge. Right out of the chute, the reader has to wade through a long list of names. To make matters worse, most of the names are unfamiliar, and some are difficult to pronounce.   Click here to read more and view the outline.

Try Standing in Joseph’s Sandals (Matthew 1:18–25) - November 16, 2014
The story of Jesus’ miraculous conception and remarkable birth is the best-known story in the whole Bible. Other births recorded in the Scriptures may be amazing, perhaps even spectacular, like Isaac being born to his 90-year-old mother, Sarah; Elizabeth giving birth to John at a very old age; and Hannah, who was unable to have children, finally getting pregnant with Samuel. However, none can compare to the birth of Jesus from the virgin womb of Mary.   Click here to read more and view the outline.

Wise Men, Wicked Men... and Us (Matthew 2:1–12) - November 23, 2014
When we come to this section of Scripture, we immediately recall the lyrics of the well-known Christmas carol composed in 1857 by the Episcopal minister John H. Hopkins, Jr. He based his words on the traditional Christmas story handed down through many generations:
“We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain–following yonder star.
O, star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to Thy perfect light.”
 
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Destination Driven Dreams (Matthew 2-13-23) - November 30, 2014
One dream has already played an important role in our study of the Gospel by Matthew.  It was the dream Joseph had as he was wrestling with how he should respond to Mary’s  shocking announcement of her pregnancy. In that dream (1:20–23), an angel of the Lord appeared to him, assuring him he had no reason to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. What happened in that dream was sufficient to convince Joseph to marry the woman he loved, even though he would never be able to fully explain the miracle in her womb.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Strange Preacher. . .Strong Proclamation (Matthew 3:1–17) - January 4, 2015
Through the years, there have been some unusual preachers who have delivered powerful messages. Consider some who lived in biblical days. Noah built a huge boat while proclaiming his message for well over 100 years before a disinterested, antagonistic audience. Moses did not get started until he was 80 years old. Then, he made up for lost time for the next 40 years.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Surprised by Jesus (Matthew 3:11–17) - January 11, 2015
One of the major challenges Christians face when reading the Scriptures is overexposure. As a result, we seldom read verses with “fresh eyes.” Since we are overly familiar with the stories surrounding Jesus as set forth in the four Gospels, we already know what is coming next, unlike those in the original scene.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Acing the Devil’s Tests (Matthew 4:1–11) - February 8, 2015
The ministry of Jesus was launched at His baptism. It must have been an emotional high mark in His life—especially when He heard those affirming words from the Father in heaven: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Where and How It All Began (Matthew 4:12–25) - February 15, 2015
The earthly ministry of Jesus is an intriguing study. He travels (mainly, by foot) from one area, town, and/or city to another, making His message known. Without exception, He attracts large crowds through His words and His actions.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Sermon of All Sermons (Matthew 5, 6 and 7) - February 22, 2015
Of the millions of sermons that have been preached down through the centuries, none is more famous, more convicting, or more enduring than the one Jesus preached shortly after beginning His ministry. We know it as the “Sermon on the Mount.”  Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Checklist for Lasting Joy (Matthew 5:1-12) - March 1, 2015
For many, the search for lasting joy is a frustrating and futile effort. Everybody is looking, but few find it. We long to know the secret of being truly contented deep within . . . regardless of our circumstances, our financial status, our rank or position in life, our list of accomplishments, or our personal health.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Shake and Shine! (Matthew 5:13–16) - March 15, 2015
One of our passionate desires as Christians left on this earth is to make a difference. Few believers want to exist for a while, then ride off into the sunset with a shrug, thinking, “Who really cares?” No, we would much rather think that as a result of investing all these years on this planet, others’ lives were changed for the better as a result of our influence.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Crucial Truths, Rarely Understood (Matthew 5:17–20) - March 22, 2015
No one spoke more clearly than Jesus. Without any attempt to parade His wisdom or flaunt His role, He moved quietly into the ranks of humanity and confidently explained truth like none other. What courage that took! For many long years faulty information had been taught by the religious aristocracy. With unquestioned authority, they twisted the meaning of Holy Scripture, offering interpretations that were faulty, while making demands that were extreme.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Steering Clear of Murder (Matthew 5:21–26) - March 29, 2015
The teachings of Jesus are both insightful and clarifying. They stand in sharp contrast to the traditional religious instruction we have been taught throughout our lives. That is true now and was equally true when Jesus walked among His disciples and taught the Truth during His earthly ministry.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Whatever Happened to Fidelity and Honesty? (Matthew 5:27–37) - April 19, 2015
One obvious, telltale sign of moral erosion in a society is the breakdown of integrity. On the domestic scene it reveals itself most clearly in the absence of marital fidelity. Something is terribly wrong when a long-term marriage is a rarity—the exception rather than the rule. In the personal realm, the lack of integrity is most blatantly evidenced by verbal dishonesty.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Shocking Advice to the Selfish and Strong-Willed (Matthew 5:27–37) - April 26, 2015
If we did not know it before, we will discover today that Jesus did not mince words. He had a way of saying things that were so unexpected, so radical, those who heard Him could scarcely forget what He said. What makes Jesus’ words even more radical is He had the audacity to say them to those who lived in Galilee, which was a culture that had no tolerance for “turning the other cheek” and virtually no room for forgiveness in their hearts.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Beware! Religious Performance Now Showing (Matthew 6:1–8) - May 3, 2015
Few things were more a turnoff to Jesus than religion on parade. He reserved His severest criticism
for hypocrites—especially religious hypocrites—who liked to be seen showing off their piety in order
to impress others. He was a master at exposing what was beneath the veneer of all that nonsense. Click here to read more and view the outline.

Prayer and Fasting Minus All the Pizzazz (Matthew 6:9–18) - May 10, 2015
We are engaged in a study of the Gospel by Matthew, which includes the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus delivered early in His earthly ministry. We are learning that what He taught that day was
information His listeners had not previously heard.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Lure of a Lesser Loyalty (Matthew 6:19–24) - May 17, 2015
The roots of secret erosion go deep into the soil of humanity. No one is immune—neither the young, nor the middle-aged . . . not even those who have walked with the Lord for decades. The supple, teachable years of our youth can erode, leaving the aging brittle, boastful, and/or bitter.  Click here to read more and view the outline.

Our Favorite Sin (Matthew 6:25–34) - May 24, 2015
In His immortal Sermon on the Mount, Jesus delivered truth that was not only true, but also timeless. Whoever reads His words in Matthew 5, 6, and 7 would never guess they were spoken so many centuries ago. They drip with practicality and significance. Click here to read more and view the outline.

Attention, All Speck Inspectors! (Matthew 7:1–5) - May 31, 2015
Some sermons make us sleepy because they are boring, irrelevant, and uninteresting. Others make us angry as we endure the abuse of being word-whipped and shamed, rather than instructed and encouraged. Those that connect most effectively, remaining memorable for years to come, do so because of three things:
1. They grab our attention.
2. They help us understand the truth.
3. They motivate us to make important, personal decisions.
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Pearls, Pigs, Prayers, and People (Matthew 7:6–12) - June 7, 2015
Without realizing it, we frequently quote from the Sermon on the Mount. These statements that punctuate our speech are familiar to all of us—so familiar, in fact, they stand as mottos in our minds. Click here to read more and view the outline.

Three Non-Politically-Correct Warnings (Matthew 7:13–23) - June 14, 2015
The closer Jesus comes to the end of His magnificent Sermon on the Mount, the greater His intensity. By now it is clear that He is not meekly making a few simple suggestions for everybody to “try a little harder and do a little better.” Click here to read more and view the outline.

The Secret of an Unsinkable Life (Matthew 7:24–29) - June 21, 2015
Storms and life go together. There is no place on earth where we can be free—completely safe— from trauma, tension, or trouble. What Job wrote was spot-on: “Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil” (Job 14:1). Click here to read more and view the outline.

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