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.
It’s difficult to wait for God to answer our heartfelt prayers. And when they seem to go unanswered . . . it’s downright troubling. Haven’t received the answer you’re looking for from God?
For many people, December 25 is nothing more than a day set aside to exchange extravagant gifts. It’s become an oasis, of sorts, in the midst of the cold, dreary season. Well, this Christmas Day, take some time to reflect on the deeper meaning of Christmas . . . God coming to earth to live among us.
Feel like you’re beyond redemption? No matter what bad decisions you’ve made in the past, God’s forgiveness and grace can be yours to claim.
Faith doesn’t always come easy. Many people need to see actual physical proof in order to embrace the Christian faith as their own.
No matter where we were yesterday, or where we’re going today or tomorrow, God remains faithful! Let's look at the Old Testament, the New Testament, and today to reveal how God never changes!
Each of us come to the Bible with a different perspective. And as a result, we don’t always agree with one another on how the truths of the Bible are applied.
Imagine growing up with Jesus. Seeing Him eat meals with His family and play with His brothers. You may start to wonder if He’s just an ordinary kid, or actually the King of Creation.
We’ve all gone through moments of doubt. Times when we wonder why God allows certain events to happen. Perhaps you’re going through a particularly difficult time right now.
Philippians 1, verse 6, says we’re to be “confident that He who began a good work in (us) will carry it on to completion.” What a relief! Not only does God help us start out our journey of faith, He helps us finish it, too.
One person may see the evidence of Christ and start believing in Him, while another sees the same evidence and turns away. Let's unravel this two-sided mystery.
Often we’re so busy looking out for ourselves, that we overlook those in need around us.