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Matthew: The King and His Kingdom_Intro to Matthew's Gospel

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One of the greatest pursuits in our lives as Christians is to study the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. This is an endeavor that not only transforms us individually but shapes the church as whole causing us to grow, so we will be built up in love for the work of ministry (Eph. Ch. 4). For the next two years we are going to take an in depth look at the life and ministry of Jesus through the eyes of Matthew the tax collector in new sermon series Matthew: The King and His Kingdom. In this introductory message Pastor Steve is going to walk us through a survey of the first gospel in the New Testament. To build a sure foundation (Matt. Ch. 7) before we explore the riches of this book. We will delve into the three A’s together. The author, the audience, and the application.

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Matthew: The King and His Kingdom_Intro to Matthew's Gospel

  1. 1. An Intro to the Gospel of Matthew
  2. 2. First Point The Author
  3. 3. The Author and His Book • Who wrote the “First Gospel”? • When was it written? • What is its theme? • How is it structured? • What is its purpose?
  4. 4. Second Point The Audience
  5. 5. Jesus’ Ministry
  6. 6. Galilean Jews • Racially mixed since the 8th century. • Economically strong. • Culturally despised by Judeans. • Linguistically ridiculed. • Religiously viewed as “lax”.
  7. 7. Judean Jews •Ethnic “pure-breds”. •Economically challenged. •Elitists. •Religiously divided.
  8. 8. The Gentiles • Two major Gentile cities in Galilee. • The region of the Decapolis was Gentile as well. • Matthew’s Gospel shows a strong interest in the Gentiles.
  9. 9. Third Point The Application
  10. 10. Is Matthew’s Gospel relevant today? – JM Boice • It speaks to an increasingly secular and fiercely independent age about a coming King.
  11. 11. • It speaks to an increasingly secular age about a coming King. • It challenges “nominal” Christianity. Is Matthew’s Gospel relevant today? – JM Boice
  12. 12. • It speaks to an increasingly secular age about a coming King. • It challenges “nominal” Christianity. • It confronts lazy discipleship with Jesus’ Great Commission call. Is Matthew’s Gospel relevant today? – JM Boice

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