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Gospel of Matthew – Introduction

Technical Note: The first 10 minutes of the message were not recorded, however, the bulk of the message is present. Please enjoy!

Here is our introductory message on the Gospel of Matthew that sets up the context through which we will look at this gospel. We begin the series with the last verses of the gospel, Matthew 28:16-20. We will make it evident why we start at the end. Technically speaking, it will be a topical message, as most introductions are. Next week we will get into the meat of exegesis by tackling the reason the gospel begins with a genealogy.

Our sermon topics are:

  1. What is a Gospel?
  2. Themes in Matthew
  3. Author and Relation to Other Gospels
  4. Dating the Book and the general The Setting: The Galilee/Jerusalem Contrast
  5. Why Study a Gospel?

Public reading: Malachi 4; Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14

Matthew 28:16-20

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

Malachi 4

4:1  “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.

“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.” (ESV)

2 Corinthians 13:14

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (ESV)