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The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 28 – He Is Risen

Matthew | Matthew 28:1-20
The interesting thing is that God wants His saved people to be part of the discipleship process moving forward. First, Jesus tells His disciples to go. There is no comfortable sitting in God’s mission.

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Matthew 27:27-66 – In Our Place

Matthew | Matthew 27:27-66
Jesus death also gives us a glimpse of cosmic redemption as the earth quakes and many Old Testament saints are risen from the grave. This points us forward to the day when we will experience the resurrection of our bodies and the consummation of the gospel.

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Matthew 27:1-26 – Political Correctness

Matthew | Matthew 27:1-26
Will we choose the one who gives us what we need? His name is Jesus! He is the long prophesied Messiah! Choose you this day whom you will serve.

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Matthew 26:30-75 – Jesus Conquers the Flesh

Matthew | Matthew 26:30-75
The Jewish leaders break their own laws to prove that Jesus is the lawbreaker. Jesus reminds them that they are going to see the destruction of the temple (24:30; 26:64). The authority of these leaders was based on the authority of the temple. They used their authority to find Jesus guilty.

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Matthew 26:14-29 – The Passover

Matthew | Matthew 26:14-29
The NewCovenant required a blood sacrifice,and only Jesus the spotless Lamb,could stand in the place of sinners and satisfy the wrath and justice of God.This meal pointed to the greatest event in the history of mankind. Jesus,who knew no sin,became our sin,that we would become the righteousness of God

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Matthew 26:1-16 – What a Waste

Matthew | Matthew 26:1-16
Each detail of this part of the Passion narrative demonstrates how Jesus went willingly, fully aware of what was going on, to the cross. He could have turned back at any point, but chose to glorify God by saving us sinners.

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Matthew 25 – Waiting and Working

Matthew | Matthew 25
To be fair, we should all love our neighbors, regardless who they are or what they are. However, there is a special call to care for the household of faith (Gal. 6:10). This is why the church labored so desperately to care for the needy among them (Acts 2:42-47).

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Matthew 24:1-51 – Senior Pastor Jesus

Matthew | Matthew 24:1-51
It is widely recognized by Biblical scholarship that the first 28 verses of Matthew are all concerned with the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem in 70 AD. Scholars are divided on what to do with the next three verses though (29-31)

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Matthew 24:1-3 – The Olivet Discourse

Matthew | Matthew 24:1-3
Jesus is quick to respond with a pronouncement of the temples destruction. It was this pronouncement that caused some of His disciples to ask Him privately if they could know more.

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Matthew 23 – The Disease and Its Cure

Matthew | Matthew 23
Jesus has just preached His most angry and scathing sermon recorded for us to read. Afterward, He is not pleased, nor is He cheering at the judgment pronounced upon the wicked. Rather, He weeps.

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Matthew 22:34-46 – The Greatest Commandment

Matthew 22:34-46 - The Greatest Commandment

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Matthew 22:23-33 – Intellectual Arrogance

Matthew | Matthew 22:23-33
Jesus answers the Sadducees immediately and powerfully. Jesus begins by simply telling them that they are wrong.

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Matthew 22:1-22 – The Wedding Feast

Matthew | Matthew 21:23-46
What happens next is imagery of the great commission that Jesus will give in Matthew 28:19. If those God first invited will not come, then God will extend the invitation to all who are far off that will hear and come... However, the parable is not over.

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Matthew 21:23-46 – Who Do You Think You Are?

Matthew | Matthew 21:23-46
Jesus pulls the imagery for this next parable from the prophecy of Isaiah. In chapter 5:1-7, we read about the vineyard of God that is the nation of Israel.Jesus tells the Jewish leaders that the master kept sending His servants to them, but they kept beating and killing them.

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Matthew 21:14-22 – “Hangry” Jesus pt 2

Matthew | Matthew 21:14-22
Things can look healthy and be completely fruitless. Jesus ends the life of the tree. Jesus also ends the life of the temple.

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Matthew 21:12-22 – “Hangry” Jesus

Matthew | Matthew 21:12-22
It was the only place in the temple grounds that these people could pray and worship. This is what God wanted.

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Matthew 20:17-34 – Humble Sacrifice Brings Glory

Matthew | Matthew 20:17-34
Why does Matthew relay this account to us while he has skipped so many others (19:2)? He wants God’s people to see the truth.

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Matthew 19:27-20:16 – A Kingdom Attitude

Matthew | Matthew 19:27-20:16
The disciples have just seen Jesus turn away a rich young ruler. As they ponder what has occurred, Peter decides its time to blurt out the obvious fact that they had done what the rich young ruler could not. They had given up everything to follow Jesus.

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Matthew 19:13-26 – Eisegesis vs. Exegesis

Matthew | Matthew 19:13-26
Remember, the gospel is not about what we “do.” It’s about who we “trust.” Jesus died to save us from our sins. Put and keep your faith in Him, and not in your own efforts or strength.

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Matthew 19:1-12 – The Trap

Matthew | Matthew 19:1-12
Jesus taught them that sin is the real problem with the question they were asking.The scribes had written many books describing the problems with marriages and what constituted a divorce and what didn’t. Jesus enlightened them to the fact ... their own “hardness of heart.”

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Matthew 18:15-35 – Not Listening

Matthew | Matthew 18:15-35
When an ancient Jew spoke of “ten thousand” in a monetary sense, that should be compared to us saying “billions” in today’s currency. Our debt is incalculable.

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Matthew 21:1-11 – No More Silence

Matthew | Matthew 21:1-11
What those crowds did not understand is what we today can fully appreciate. God humbled Himself and came all the way to where we are. We couldn’t save ourselves so He lived the perfect life that we could not.

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Matthew 18:1-14 – A Lesson On Humility

Matthew | Matthew 18:1-14
This is why Jesus chose a child to place before His disciples. This is why something so small and fragile was an object lesson in humility.

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Matthew 17:14-27 – Mustard Seed Faith

Matthew | Matthew 17:14-27
We would do well to remember that this powerful teaching on faith that Jesus will begin to expound is brought forth out of failure and faithlessness.

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Matthew 17:1-13 – The Transfiguration

Matthew | Matthew 17:1-13
Now the disciples knew something about John that had been hidden from them. They would also have to painfully witness the death of Jesus. Like John, Jesus would also not be recognized by the people as He continued toward His cross.

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Matthew 16:13-28 – I Will Build My Church

Matthew | Matthew 16:13-28
To follow Jesus will cost you everything. It is only in this trade-off that true life and greatness can be realized. The world will never adopt Christianity because it is full of itself. Only Christ can remedy our passions and set our compass for true reality. Those who lose truly do gain!

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Matthew 16:1-12 – Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees

Matthew | Matthew 16:1-12
There is a danger of adding to (Pharisees) and subtracting from (Sadducees) God’s Word. In doing so, we set ourselves as editors over what God says about Himself. When we distort God’s Word, we lose the Gospel! Adding and subtracting from the Gospel negates it.

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Matthew 15:21-39 – From Crumbs to Loaves

Matthew | Matthew 15:21-39
You would think the disciples would have the faith that Jesus could feed such a large crowd, being they have witnessed this before. Yet their unbelieving heart is revealed as they seem clueless as to how these individuals will be fed.

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Matthew 15:1-20 – Traditions and Commandments

Matthew | Matthew 15:1-20
“Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.

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Matthew 14:22-36 – I Am

Matthew | Matthew 14:22-36
May we continually learn to keep our focus on Him instead of the storms that gather around us. Remember, we are not exempt from storms and here again we see it is Jesus who sent His disciples into the storm.

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Matthew 14:1-21 – Death of John the Baptist

Matthew | Matthew 13:1-23
It is at this moment that we learn an important principle in what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.Of course we have little.Of course we are inadequate.However, when we place the little that we have in the hands of Jesus,He is able to do what we cannot and multiply the little into a great work of God

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Matthew 13:24-58 – Something Is Not Right

Matthew | Matthew 13:1-23
Yes the work of the Gospel is still unfinished and may even appear to be losing the battle in certain places. My question for you in spite of these realities… Have you found the treasure above all others?

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Matthew 13:1-23 – A Chapter of Parables

Matthew | Matthew 13:1-23
This parable leaves us with the idea that every Christian produces a gospel harvest that they in no way have the power, in and of themselves, to produce. God does more with us than we could ever do without Him.

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Matthew 12:33-37 – A Kingdom Divided part 2

Matthew | Matthew 12:33-37
There are two clear choices and neutrality is impossible. Will you submit or will you secede? Are you blind, or can you see? If you’re not for Jesus, then you are against Him.

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Matthew 12:22-32 – A Kingdom Divided

Matthew | Matthew 12:22-32
It clearly reveals the absurdity of the accusations of the Pharisees. You can’t build a house and tear it down at the same time. It is this same line of reasoning that former United States president, Abraham Lincoln, used in one of his most famous speeches.

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Matthew 12:1-21 – Sabbath Laws

Matthew | Matthew 12:1-21
The good news for us today is that God does not desire strict religious rule over certain days (Colossians 2:16).
Instead, He desires mercy.

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Matthew 11:25-30 – Gospel Dependency

Matthew | Matthew 11:2-19
Once Jesus has revealed Himself to us we are to take off the yokes of human religion and our own thinking.,, We can now come to Jesus and take His yoke. It is easy and light because Jesus has already eliminated the burden that existed between us and God.

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Matthew 11:2-19 – Aligning Expectations

Matthew | Matthew 11:2-19
Fifteen hundred years of prophecy spoke of these two figures who were both ministering in the first century. It’s amazing how they were both rejected by their own people.

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Matthew 10:34-11:1 – The Radical Cost of Being a Disciple

Matthew | Matthew 10:.4-11:1
We are all beneficiaries of the messengers of the gospel and we have (hopefully) received the message of the gospel through a messenger. Jesus informs His followers that the need to stand firm in who they are representing

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Matthew 10:16-33 – The Fearless Call of a Disciple

Matthew | Matthew 10:16-33
Jesus’ expectations for His followers is a public allegiance to him. He does not want “closet Christians”. He wants followers who will publicly identify with him...Jesus was willingly humiliated in public to save us from the just wrath of God.

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Matthew 9:35-10:15 – Prayer and People

Matthew | Matthew 9:35-10:15
God’s people in both the Old and New Testament gave cheerfully to the work of the Lord. Lastly, not everyone is going to ride this gospel train. We shouldn’t be surprised at the rejection that we will receive by some because of our faith in Christ.

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Matthew 9:9-34 – Jesus Saves Sinners

Matthew | Matthew 9:8-34
Blind men walk away with vision, but the pharisees walk away with working eyes, but as blind guides.

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Matthew 8:28-9:8 – Power Over Demons

Matthew | Matthew 8:28-9:8
We know from Mark 2, that the friends of this paralytic went to great lengths to get him to Jesus. They tore a roof apart to drop their friend before Him! Again, the emphasis is faith. We should believe in Jesus and do whatever we can to get to Him.

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Matthew 8:18-27 – It Costs to Follow Jesus

Matthew | Matthew 8:18-27
We need to remember that many of the disciples were professional fisherman before the left everything to follow Jesus. They knew these waters and the frequent storms that would occur. This must have been some storm for them to be so fearful for their lives.

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Matthew 8:1-17 – More Than Words

Matthew | Matthew 8:1-17
The Centurion has faith concerning who Jesus is and it causes Christ to marvel. The Jews have been poured into for thousands of years and are yet stuck in unbelief. It is the Centurion who is unhindered and fully ready to trust the words of Christ.

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Matthew 7:15-29 – Fakes and Phonies

Matthew | Matthew 7:15-29
The wise man and the foolish man both have many similarities. They both heard the words of Jesus. They both built houses. They both faced a storm. Even with all these similarities, it was the storm that revealed which man was the fool and which one was wise.

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Matthew 7:7-14 – Ask, Seek, and Knock

Matthew | Matthew 7:7-14
Most people are full of themselves and believe they are doing everything the best way it can be done. The narrow path is for those who know they need God and will ask of Him, seek after Him, and knock upon His door.

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Matthew 7:1-6 – Judge Not

Matthew | Matthew 7:1-6
There is no place for self-righteousness and the harsh judgment of others amongst those who belong to the Kingdom of Christ. May we obey all that God commands us to do with merciful and gentle spirits towards others (Galatians 6:1; Ephesians 4:15; 2 Timothy 4:2).

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Matthew 6:25-34 – Do Not Be Anxious

Matthew | Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus doesn’t just give us commands to stop being anxious and seek His kingdom. He also gives us six reasons why we should follow His commands.

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Matthew 6:16-24 – Fasting To Be Seen

Matthew | Matthew 6:16-24
Let us pray that we see the beauty of Christ and His gospel that we may be compelled to leave the shallow and temporary comforts of this world for the immeasurable grace He has stored for us in eternity.

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Matthew 6:5-15 – Unrighteous Holy Things

Matthew | Matthew 6:5-15

The point is clear. We will never understand ourselves unless we understand our God and King first.

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Matthew 6:1-4 – A Change of Subject

Matthew | Matthew 6:1-4
George Whitefield once said, “God would be just to damn you for the greatest prayer you ever offered up.” What are we to do? We find ourselves in a situation we cannot win. Our motives betray us even when we perform good deeds. Our only hope is to press deep into the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Matthew 5:43-48 – Loving and Hating

Matthew | Matthew 5:38-42
...Who can like being knocked flat on his face by a sledge hammer? I can hardly imagine a more deadly spiritual condition than that of a man who can read that passage with tranquil pleasure.”

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Matthew 5:38-42 – An Eye For An Eye

Matthew | Matthew 5:38-42
We should do all we can to love others and put them first as our Lord has given us this example.The purpose of Jesus is not to allow us to circumvent the court system of this world...We should forgive and love those who persecute and take from us. We should be different from the rest of the world.

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Matthew 5:33-37 – Jesus and Truth

Matthew | Matthew 5:33-37
Have you ever cut into a watermelon only to find it was full of pear fruit? Of course not. This is the point that Jesus makes.If fruit looks like an apple on the outside then it is an apple on the inside! God’s people should be the same way.

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Matthew 5:31-32; 19:1-12 – Divorce and the Gospel

Matthew | Matthew 5:31-32,19:1-12
As we dig into our text we are going to see that God has a very different view of marriage. Notice that Jesus goes back to the creation account to explain marriage Genesis 2:24). God tells us everything we need to know in His Word. What we find is that God LOVES marriage!

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Matthew 5:27-30 – Heart Adultery

Matthew | Matthew 5:27-30
We must always remember in our battle with sin that we will fall short.We must fight like lions against sin.However,we must also trust a righteousness higher than any we can attain.It is Jesus who lived the perfect life we cannot.Trust Him...Find your righteousness by clothing yourself in Christ Jesus!

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Matthew 5:21-26 The Spirit of the Law of God

Matthew | Matthew 5:21-26
We must understand that there is an anger that involves no sin (Ephesians 4:26). Jesus many times gets angry, and acts upon it ...The anger of Jesus is never to harm, but to heal and restore. Even from the cross,Jesus does not show contempt for those who kill Him, but instead He shows forgiveness.

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Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus Fulfilled the Old Testament

Matthew | Matthew 5:17-20
We no longer need a temple because Jesus Christ is where we meet God.We no longer need a priest because Jesus is our mediator that makes us right with the Father.We no longer need a sacrifice because Jesus was the lamb slain for our sin and the wrath of God has been satisfied forever (Hebrews 9:11-14).

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Matthew 5:10-16 – Live Distinctively, Shine Publicly

Matthew | Matthew 5:10-16
The real work is believing Christ by faith! If we continue to trust in His finished work (Jn 19:30), all of our good works will flow from a heart that wants to see Him glorified. The Gospel is the power source by which we can live distinctively and shine publicly.

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Matthew 5:7-12 Merciful

Matthew | Matthew 5:7-12
Its important to note what mercy is. It is easily confused with grace. Though the two are tightly related, their is a distinctiveness that we should all understand. Grace is God’s undeserved favor freely given through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Matthew 5:4-6 A New Moses part II

Matthew | Matthew 5:4-6
When we read of the goodness and righteousness of God,we should mourn at how far we have fallen from His beauty.When we read Romans 3:9-18,We have not sought Him.We have not obeyed Him.He should have left us to our depravity, but instead He came all the way to us and washes us clean.

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Matthew 5:1-3 A New Moses

Matthew | Matthew 5:1-3
God used Moses to bring the old covenant. Now Jesus is clearly being revealed as the greater Moses whom the people have been waiting on. Jesus is bringing a new covenant.

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Matthew 4:12-25 Fishers of Men

Matthew | Matthew 4:12-25
The problem is this is not what God wanted. God’s plan for blessing Israel was not for their own glory, but to display His glory in using His chosen people to bless all the nations (Genesis 12:2-3).

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Matthew 4:1-11 It Is Written

Matthew | Matthew 4:1-11
If you have ever doubted the power of God’s revealed Word then please look carefully at how Jesus overcomes temptation.

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Matthew 3:13-17 Baptism of Jesus

Matthew | Matthew 3:13-17
John knows that he is the one who should be baptized by Jesus!... Why then was Jesus Baptized? The righteousness of God had to be fulfilled.

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Matthew 3:1-12 Preparing the Way

Matthew | Matthew 3:1-12
John has been preaching about the coming of the Messiah. He says the one coming after him is greater than he is. You can imagine the surprise of John when Jesus shows up and asks to be baptized. John knows that he is the one who should be baptized by Jesus!

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Matthew 2:1-23 We Three Kings

Matthew | Matthew 2:1-23

No man can thwart the purposes of God. Herod tried to destroy Jesus. Now through Jesus, ultimate restoration would occur and tears wiped from every eye (Jeremiah 31:16-17, 31-34).

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Matthew 1:18-25 Betrothed

Matthew | Matthew 1:18-25

Throughout scripture, the Holy Spirit brings forth the will of God in tangible and material forms. In Genesis 1, we see God the Father speaking forth His Word, and the Holy Spirit bringing about physical creation at His commands. God has willed His Son to save His people from their sin.

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Matthew 1:1-17 A Legal Introduction

Matthew | Matthew 1:1-17
As you ponder God’s work in bringing Jesus to earth through a sinful line of people you should be encouraged. Understand that you are not where you come from!

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Introduction to Matthew

Matthew | Intro to Matthew
Tradition holds that after Jesus returned to the Father, Matthew wrote this gospel and ministered in Palestine. He also made many missionary journeys to teach dispersed Jews living in Gentile areas. We have records of journeys being made to Persia, Ethiopia, Syria, and Greece.

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