Matthew starts in what seems like a very boring thing--a long genealogy. Why would he do that? He shows that Jesus was born to be a king.
PURPOSE: To help listeners understand what Matthew was trying to accomplish in his gospel.
I. The lead-off writer of the New Testament is Matthew.
Let's talk about how stories work. Listen to these two stories:
• Margaret departed last week. It was very sudden and unexpected. Harriet and Lucy miss her very much. Henry can't stop weeping.
• Enoch walked with God; then he was no more because God took him away.
Are you afraid to die?
Why do people avoid thinking about death? Thinking about death too much is morbid. Not thinking about it at all is foolish.
Bible reading with multiple voices (Matthew 26:36 — 27:54 in the New Living Translation)
Monologue--the story of Christ’s suffering out of Matthew’s gospel, unadorned with conversation.
Death is a source of fear for many people. It’s something none of us can avoid. And yet, Christ has conquered death! It’s a profound statement that deeply affects each of our lives.
Have you ever experienced moments of clear understanding . . . when you caught a glimpse of God’s character?
Some churches observe communion every Sunday, while others do once a quarter or maybe only on holidays. The question is has this time of contemplation and worship become a mere habit? Or does it mean something more
Is it possible to come to the end of our lives and still have something to look forward to? When health fails and those we love are already gone?
It was C. S. Lewis who said . . . “One hundred percent of us die.” Yes, death is certain! Have you really dealt with the finality of what’s ahead for every single one of us?
The cross has become a symbol of salvation to people of the Christian faith. But is it possible to put more faith in the symbol of the cross than in the God behind it?
The Bible tells the story about Daniel who was thrown into the lions’ den. See how God intervenes and spares Daniel’s life.