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Matthew

If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 28. Today, we finally come to the end of our study in the gospel of Matthew, and recently as we have reviewed Matthew, chapter 27 and 28, we have seen over and over this overarching theme on the providence of God. God’s providence in Jesus’ torture and persecution. God’s providence in Jesus’ death...

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If you have your Bibles I would invite to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 28. We come today to our ultimate message in this series on the gospel of Matthew. Next week will look at the great commission next time we’re together and then into the gospel according to the apostle Paul in the book of Romans.

And we continue today to look at the theme...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew 28. We have now come to the final chapter in the gospel of Matthew, and now at the end of his scroll Matthew, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, begins to recount for us the resurrection of his crucified Lord. And the story itself is gripping and even surprising in its own way...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 27. We’ve been studying in the gospel of Matthew for the last several times focusing on the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ and today we come to His burial. As we looked at Matthew 27, verses 33 through 44, we began that specific focus on the crucifixion, and we said that Matthew...

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If you have Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 27. The last time we were together in the gospel of Matthew we were looking specifically at verses 44 through 49 where Matthew recounts for us Jesus’ cry of abandonment, His cry of dereliction, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew points us to two cries from the cross. That first...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 27. We have been working towards the crucifixion for some time now in our study of the gospel of Matthew. And all along during our studies in this particular chapter, Matthew, chapter 27, we have said that Matthew is recounting the death of Christ with a view to showing us the nature and...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew 27. We’re going to look at verses 33 through 44. We’ve come today to the very brink of the abyss. In the last couple of weeks we have seen Matthew describe the sufferings of the trial and of the treatment from the Roman soldiers on His way to the cross. And today we come...

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Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew 27:27-32. We’ll continue our exposition of the gospel of Matthew, especially of this passage dealing with his passion. We Presbyterians don’t often focus upon the physical sufferings of Christ. There is a variety of reasons for that. But it’s important for us to see those sufferings as they are displayed very clearly here by Matthew. Matthew wants...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 27, as we continue our study through the gospel. You will remember that we have already said in our first study of Matthew 27, that this chapter contains the final events leading up to the crucifixion, and then the description of the crucifixion of our Lord, but as it does so, as it...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 27 as we continue our study through this great gospel. We’ve spent a number of weeks in Matthew 26, and if Matthew 26 is a prelude to the death of Christ, then Matthew 27 is the main movement for it. It records for us the final events immediately prior to the crucifixion, and...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26, the 69th verse of that chapter, as we come now to the end of this passage, which we have said all along is preparatory to the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every event recorded by Matthew, in Matthew, chapter 26 prepares us for what we are going to see in...

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If your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26, the 57th verse, as we continue our study through the gospel of Matthew. All along in our study of Matthew 26 we have said that this chapter is a prelude to the death of Christ. In our last study we saw the betrayal of Christ by Judas and the desertion of Christ by the...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26, as we continue our study in the gospel of Matthew. All along we have said that Matthew 26 provides us a prelude to the death of Christ and repeats a number of scenes over and over, two of which we’ll see again today. The sovereignty of God and the whole process is...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26 as we continue our exposition of the gospel of Matthew. We’ve been in Matthew 26 for a number of weeks now, and we’ve observed a number of themes repeating themselves in this passage that is a prelude to the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, especially beginning with the passage describing the...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26. We continue our study in the gospel of Matthew today. You remember the last time we were in this gospel together, we were looking at Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper. And at least in part, Jesus in that Lord’s Supper was pre-explaining to the disciplines the meaning of His death on...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew 26, if you’ll look at verses 26 through 29. It's appropriate that we look at this passage about the institution of the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper on this, the 482nd anniversary of the Reformation. About 482 years go, a little-known New Testament Professor from Wittenberg, mailed ninety-five propositions on a church door. This...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26, as we continue through the gospel. We said in Matthew 26, the full chapter served as a prelude of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Matthew 26, verse 2, on Tuesday of the last week of the Lord Jesus’ life before His crucifixion, He had told His disciples that in two...

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If you have your Bibles with you, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26. We’ve already said that Matthew 26 is a prelude to the death of Christ. There are many themes which repeat themselves in this section of Matthew’s gospel. Already in our study of verses 1 through 5 we saw the irony of Jesus’ prediction, speaking on Tuesday of the Passover week...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 26 as we continue our study in the gospel. Last week, we began in the first five verses of this chapter, that we had come to as it were the final section of the gospel of Matthew, and everything in this chapter, and some of the material immediately following. As it were a...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you turn with me to Matthew chapter 26. We’re now entering a new section of the gospel of Matthew as we continue our study through this glorious gospel. This chapter contains of course the prelude to the death of Christ. A few individuals leap out of the pages of history with more profound irony attached to them than the Lord Jesus...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 25. We come today to the last of a series of studies in the Lord Jesus’ teachings on the end times in Matthew 24 and 25. It’s become very apparent in the last several passages that we’ve looked at that Jesus emphasizes that faithfulness it He way that we are prepared for His...

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If you have your Bible’s I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 25, as we continue our study in the gospel of Matthew, particularly in these passages where the Lord Jesus is telling us about the things to come, about the end times. All along in our study of Matthew 24 and 25, we have emphasized that the Lord Jesus is telling these things not...

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If you have Bibles, please open to Matthew chapter 25. In this passage we find Jesus teaching about two types of people, those who are spiritually prepared and those unprepared for His coming. The story of the Ten Virgins, or if we were going to update it for today, the story of the ten bridesmaids is part of that instruction and that is the passage which we are...

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If you have Bibles, please open to Matthew chapter 24, and we will begin in verse 45:

"Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 "Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 "Truly I say to you, that he will
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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 24. We are continuing our study in Jesus’ teaching on the end time. Especially as He gives practical exhortations to us, not only to His disciples but to us, but how we are to prepare for those end times. Especially in this section beginning here in Matthew 24:42 and following all the...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 24. We have been looking at the subject of Jesus’ teaching on the end times or Eschatology as the technical term is for a number of weeks now. We have come to Matthew chapter 24 and we will begin in verse 36 today, where we left off last time. Let’s hear God’s...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 24, as we continue our studies in the Lord Jesus’ teachings on the last days, on the end times. As we have said, it as difficult as these verses are, as difficult as the passages is as a whole, especially in its details, the main themes are very clear. God is gracious...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 24. We've been for the last couple of weeks in this great passage in which Jesus sets forth His teaching about the end times and the second coming. In the first three verses of Matthew 24, we saw the two particular questions that the disciples had asked. Look at verse 3. It says...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 24. We began last time looking at this great passage. It's one of the six long sermons of the Lord Jesus recorded by Matthew. It happens to deal with the issue of the end times or to use the technical term, eschatology, which just means the study of the end times, or the...

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That's a great promise, indeed. If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 24. Today we come to a new section of the gospel of Matthew. Its the second longest of the six sermons that Matthew records from our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching in this section has reference to events that would transpire shortly after Jesus' death, resurrection...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 23. You will remember that this chapter breaks into three parts. In the first twelve verses, the Lord Jesus diagnoses the spiritual problem of the Scribes and the Pharisees. He says they are guilty of religious hypocrisy. And then in verses 13 through 36 he proceeds to engage in a scathing denunciation, a...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew 23. God in His providence always shows His word to be timely and seasonable. We have seen this in the last two weeks as our dear brother Derek Thomas has preached to us from the word on the theme of faith on trial. How wise and good God is to speak to us...

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I’d invite you to turn your bibles with me to Matthew chapter 23 as we study together in the gospel of Matthew. let me remind you of several things before we come to the passage itself. First, remember that Jesus has already spoken His final words to the Pharisees. Jesus, in Matthew 22 spoke His final words directly to the Pharisees. For many many months, indeed...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 22. The last three weeks we have been looking at a series of exchanges between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders of Israel in His time. And, if you'll reflect for a moment and pullback, look at the big picture, the exchanges that we've already seen here in Matthew 22, beginning in verse...

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If you have your bibles, I’d invite you turn with me to Matthew chapter 22. For the last several weeks we have been in the last week of Jesus' life. In fact, for the last several weeks, we've been on Tuesday of the last week of Jesus life as He has a series of exchanges with the chief priests and the scribes and the Pharisees and the Sadducees...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 22. Last week we began a study of a series of new conflicts and exchanges between Jesus and the religious leaders of Israel. In each of those conflicts and exchanges He reveals His divine wisdom and goodness while He simultaneously exposes the evil of their hearts. In Matthew 22, verses 15 through 22...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Mathew chapter 22. We've been looking at a set of three parables for the last few weeks, parables which Jesus taught against the religious leaders of Israel. That whole section of the gospel of Matthew accentuates the coming judgment of God against Israel because of the rejection of the Messiah. They have rejected Jesus' person...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 22. As we continue studying through this glorious gospel. In the final verses of Matthew 21, we looked most recently at two parables there, the parable of the two sons and the parable of the land owners. And each of these three parables, and we're going to be looking at the third of those...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 21. We continue our study of the gospel of Matthew. We have been in the last week of Christ’s earthly ministry before the crucifixion for a number of weeks now as we have studied the word, and Jesus is speaking now parables, stories, to the Pharisees. Last week we looked at the story...

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If you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 21. Last week, as we looked at Matthew 21, verses 23 through 27, we saw the religious rulers of Israel challenge Jesus' authority to teach. They had no success in undermining His teaching so they dropped back and asked for His credentials: "Who gave You the authority to be teaching these things that...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 21. The Lord Jesus has been in conflict with His enemies. They have continued to bring direct charges against His teaching and His actions. None of that has worked so far, and so in this passage they try a different tactic. Since they have been unable to confront him successfully in rebuking His...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to take them in hand and turn with me to Matthew, chapter 21. So far in Matthew 21, we have seen Jesus kingship clearly set forth in His triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem. And then in verses 12 through 17, we have seen His judgment against Israel, that has a form of worship and religion but denies the...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 21. It is Monday of the Passover week, and the Lord Jesus, after entering into Jerusalem on the foal of the donkey, had returned to Bethany to spend the night. Then, the next Monday morning, He came back into Jerusalem and headed straight for the temple. He had revealed himself as the humble king...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 21. Today we’re beginning a new, the final section, of the gospel of Matthew. You will notice that in each of the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, a disproportionate amount of time is spent on the last week of our Lord Jesus’ life. And in John’s gospel, even more. Half of the...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 20. For the last few chapters Jesus has been teaching His disciples about true greatness. Jesus has been emphasizing that kingdom greatness is measured by the yardstick of humility. He had taught us that in Matthew chapter 18. He had taught us that salvation belongs to the little ones and those who are...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 20.  The last time we were in the gospel of Matthew together, we began a new section in the book in which the work and character of our Lord are on display.  It's important for us to know that these words are just as important for us today as they were when...

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If you have your bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 20. The first 16 verses of this great chapter contain the parable of the landowner. When we studied it a couple of weeks ago together, we said that that parable is basically a gigantic illustration of the very last verse of Matthew chapter 19, verse 30: Many who are...

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         If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 20 .  We've been looking at Matthew for a long time now, and we've been in particular thinking about lessons that we learned all the way back in the story of the rich young ruler for two or three weeks now.  In the rich young ruler we learn...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 19.  We’ll begin in verse 27 and go to the end of the chapter.  Last week we looked together at the story of the rich young ruler.  And in the midst of the many great truths that are found in that passage, we especially saw that the problem that the ruler had...

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If you would take Your Bibles in hand and turn with Me to Matthew 19, we'll continue in our study of  this gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The passage that we looked at last week is directly relevant to the story of the rich young ruler that we will study today. You remember that as the children were brought to Christ, Jesus said that the kingdom of...

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We continue our study of the gospel of Matthew today.  If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 19.  In Matthew 19, the Lord Jesus is teaching us about the nature of the kingdom, the character of the kingdom that He is preaching in, bringing in, and He focuses especially on three subjects, marriage, children and possessions.  Last week we considered Jesus'...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew 19.  Today we’re beginning a new study in the section of the gospel of Matthew.  Jesus has been speaking to his disciples, in an extended series of lessons and a discourse in Matthew, chapter 18.  Now, in Matthew 19, He’s left Galilee, He’s in the border regions of Judea just on the other side...

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If you have your bible, I would invite You to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 18. We have been looking at this great passage for about a month or so. It's hard to believe that it all began with the question, "Who is the greatest?" Ever since the disciples asked that question, they have been treated to discussions of how to relate to their brothers, how to...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 18, as we continue our study of this great passage together.  I’d invite you to look back to the very first of the chapter and scan along the passage itself leading up to Matthew 18, verses 15 through 20.  You know that the whole of this passage is concerned with how we live...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 18.  As we have looked at this chapter we have seen that it is all tied together, a very similar theme runs throughout.  The focus of Jesus' whole instruction throughout the chapter is our relationship with one another in the Church. What are the proper relationships between members between citizens of the kingdom...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 18. Matthew chapter 18 opens with a question. The disciples are questioning the Lord Jesus Christ - a little embarrassed that He knew what they were talking about - but asking Him the question: "Lord, who is the greatest in the kingdom?" And, in the context of responding to the disciples and teaching...

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If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 18 and verse 7.  As we looked together at Matthew 17 verses 24 to 27 we noticed in that incident when the tax collectors in Capernaum came to Peter and asked him whether the Lord Jesus paid the temple tax, Jesus gave opportunity or took opportunity at that incident to attest to his divinity and to show the example of his humility to Peter. ...

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If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 18.  After the Transfiguration, the Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples of the impending trial and the suffering that He would endure, indeed the death that He was going to die for them in Jerusalem.  And you remember the disciple’s response?  The disciples responded by despairing.  We saw that in Matthew 16.  In Matthew...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 17.  We’ve been in Matthew 17 for a number of weeks now.  We’ve seen the account of our Lord’s transfiguration, His glory on the mountain.  We’ve seen Him come down from the mountain and return to the villages and do a great work of healing, the young boy who was both demon possessed...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 17.  We'll be looking verses 22 and 23 today.  In this passage we come to the second great announcement of Jesus' impending suffering and death and resurrection.  In our studies of Matthew 17,  so far we've seen in the first 13 verses that account of His transfiguration; the glory of Christ shone forth...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 17.  Today we come to a new section of chapter 17.  In the first thirteen verses we saw a description of the transfiguration of our Lord on the mountain and now, as the Lord Jesus and His three disciples make their way down from the summit, they come to a very, very different...

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If you have your Bibles I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew 17. As we have studied in Matthew 16 together for the last few weeks, we have seen there Peter's confession of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Son of the living God, therefore acknowledging that He is the divine Messiah prophesied by God in the Old Testament to come and save...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 16.  Today we come to the conclusion of our study of this great chapter.  Let me ask you to turn back in the pages of your mind to our study of Matthew 16 verses 13-20 and then 21-23.  If you don’t remember those, or you weren’t with us, you might scan with your...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 16.  As you will recall in our study of Matthew 16 and the first 12 verses of this passage, we see Jesus rebuke the Pharisees and the scribes and warn His disciples against their teaching.  And then in verses 13 through 20, we see a confession by Peter which represents the view of...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew 16.  As we've already noted, Matthew 15 through 17 proves a turning point in the gospel of Matthew.  In those passages not only the leaders of the people of Israel but the crowds themselves reject the Lord Jesus Christ.  It's not that they have bad thoughts about Him, it's not that they openly oppose...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 16.  As we have already seen, Matthew 15, 16, and 17, the central chapters in the gospel of Matthew, record a turning point in the ministry of Christ.  The crowds continue to follow Him.  But now even the crowds openly reject His message and His claims to be Messiah.  They continue wanting...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 15.  Last week as we were looking at Matthew 15: 21 through 28, we commented that 15:21 begins a new section in Jesus' ministry.  Scholars of the gospel call this the retirement ministry where He draws away from Galilee and ministers in Gentile territory for a while, ministering to His disciples and to...

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If you have your Bibles I'd  invite you to turn with me to Matthew 15.  We're in Matthew 15, and I'd like to direct your attention to  verse 21.  Verse 21 begins a new segment in Jesus' ministry.  The great Galilean ministry is done.  It ends in verse 20 of chapter 15.  And now Jesus enters into a distinctively Gentile  territory.  He is now in the region of...

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If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 15. Last week we came to Matthew 15 and we've already noted that in the first 20 verses of this chapter we have one of those glorious teaching opportunities that the Lord Jesus was given by the Pharisees and scribes. For they had come to Him attacking the practice of His disciples and...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with to Matthew chapter 15, as we continue our study in the gospel of Matthew.  In chapter 14, we saw two of the great miracles of the Lord Jesus, the feeding of the 5,000 and His walking on the water to the disciples, in the Sea of Galilee.  And today as we continue in Matthew 15, we see...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 14. This chapter records the final days of Jesus' great Galilean ministry, which ran from somewhere around December of AD 27, to April of AD 29. William Hendriksen says of this stage in Christ's career and ministry, "One more year, and the Lamb of God will by means of His death on the...

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If you have your Bibles I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 14.  As we have been studying in the gospel of Matthew, we have noted a progression from Matthew 11 unto this point:  Matthew 11 highlighting the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew 12 contrasting Christ's character with the character of the Pharisees, and Matthew 13 showing us that special use of parables...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 14.  You'll remember over the last few months we've looked at Matthew 11, 12 and 13.  Highlighting the majesty of Christ in Matthew 11, highlighting the character of Christ in contrast to His opponents in Matthew 12 and highlighting the parables of Jesus in Matthew 13 and especially those kingdom parables which are...

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If You have your Bibles Id invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 13.  In this great passage we have seen seven kingdom parables of our Lord in which He teaches us about unexpected qualities of the kingdom.  Now in this final passage in Matthew 13, beginning in verse 53, Matthew records the Lord Jesus' movement to the town of Nazareth, His hometown, to preach the...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 13. We have already surveyed 7 kingdom parables in this great passage, and we refer to them as "kingdom parables" because each of these 7 parables are designed to teach us unexpected qualities of the kingdom of heaven, or the kingdom of God. They are designed to correct misunderstandings that we might have...

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If you have your Bibles, I'd invite you to turn with met to Matthew chapter 13 beginning in the 44th verse.  As we have studied Matthew 13 in these kingdom parables, we have noted that there are seven parables of the Lord Jesus in this passage, and that all of them contain descriptions of the way the Lord Jesus' kingdom is.  And the reason each of these parables...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 13.  Matthew 13 contains a series of seven parables, all of which focus on the theme of the kingdom of God, and all of which are designed to teach us about unexpected aspects of the kingdom.  The disciples themselves expected the Lord Jesus Christ’s kingdom to come in a different form in which...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 13.  We will begin in verse 24.  In the midst of our study of Matthew 13, we have said that in this passage are contained seven parables, all focused on the subject of the kingdom.  Each of these parables is designed to bring to Jesus' disciples certain facts, certain truths about the...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew, chapter 13.  Matthew 13 contains seven great parables of the Lord Jesus Christ.  In each of those parables He speaks about the nature of the kingdom.  Remember that the disciples were expecting a Messiah, and they were expecting the kingdom,  but they were gradually learning from Jesus that the Messiah was different from the way they had expected Him.  And they...

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Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 13, as we continue our study in this great gospel.  We already said that in Matthew 11, the majesty of Christ was set forth in each of the events recorded there.  In Matthew 12, His character is over and over again contrasted with the character of His opponents, the Pharisees and the scribes.  And in Matthew chapter 13, Matthew...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 12. Throughout this chapter the Lord Jesus' character is contrasted with the character of the Pharisees. In each successive event that is recorded, we see what is in Jesus' heart revealed by His words and actions, and conversely, we see what is in the hearts of the Pharisees by their words and actions...

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If you have your Bibles I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 12.  Matthew chapter 11 in each of the events that it records gives us a picture of the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Matthew chapter 12 gives us a contrast between the character of Christ and His opponents.  And each of the passages that are recorded in that great chapter, we see...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 12.  Throughout this chapter, we see the character of the Lord Jesus Christ contrasted clearly with the character of his opponents. Though His opponents, the Pharisees, were reputed to be among the most religious, among the most pious men in Israel in their day, in fact, we see throughout this chapter that it is their hearts...

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If you have your bibles, I’d invite you to open with me to Matthew chapter 12 as we continue our study of this gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. In our comments on Matthew chapter 11, we noticed throughout that passage the theme of the majesty of Christ being repeatedly put before us in a series of events. And in our studies of Matthew chapter 12, we have...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 12, as we continue our study of this great gospel of Matthew.  As we completed our study of Matthew chapter 11, we noted that the focus of that whole passage was on the Lord Jesus Christ, and the theme of that entire chapter was the majesty of Jesus Christ.  And then as we studies Matthew chapter 12 and...

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If you have your Bibles,  I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 12. We recently completed our study of Matthew chapter 11 and we had commented on the fact that after Matthew 10, which reports Christ's instructions to the disciples before they went out on their first mission, you might have expected Matthew chapter 11 to be a report back to Christ from the...

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Please turn with me in your bibles to Matthew chapter 11.  Last week we saw the majesty of Christ displayed in His pronouncement of judgment against those cities which had heard the gospel of peace preached, and yet were not repenting.  Today, we will see His majesty in this glorious invitation which He issues.  Let's hear God's holy and inspired word beginning in Matthew chapter 11 verse 25.  

Matthew 11:25-30 

Our Father,...

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Our Father, we thank You for this word.  It is a mysterious word.  Its truths are deep and wide.  We need the help of Your Spirit to understand it and to embrace it.  So we ask, O Lord, that You would open our eyes; teach us the truth of Your word.  What we can understand, help us to understand.  What we cannot, help us to humbly receive because it is from Your lips, trusting...

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If you will, turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew, chapter 11.  We'll begin in verse 7.  Last week we saw John send his disciples to the Lord Jesus as he was struggling in prison with doubts about the person of Christ.  Christ sent those disciples back to John with a message:  “Look at the fulfillment of the scripture, John, and look at the works that I...

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If you have your Bibles with you, I invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter eleven.  As we continue our study in Matthew's gospel, we've completed a survey of Matthew chapter ten in which the Lord Jesus commissioned His disciples before they went out on their first missionary journey into towns of Judea.  And we might expect Matthew to tell us a little about what happened on that first journey, but...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 10 as we continue our study in the gospel of Matthew, and in this particular passage.  As we have reviewed Jesus' exhortation to His disciples in Matthew 10, before He sent them out into the surrounding villages and towns to preach the gospel of the kingdom, we have commented that in that exhortation, He very much tells them what it means to be...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 10.  From Matthew 10:24, to the end of this chapter, the Lord Jesus Christ is continuing this message in which He commissioned His disciples on their first journey to spread the word of God abroad in the villages and towns of the surrounding countryside.  We said that in this commissioning, some of...

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Turn with me in your Bibles if you will, to Matthew chapter 10.  If you remember in our previous studies of this particular chapter, in the first few verses Christ appoints an inner circle of twelve disciples and then in verses 5-15, He begins to give them specific instructions on what they are to do in their first mission journey on His behalf.  They are to go into...

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Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 10.  Last week we began to look at this passage in verses 1-4 where the Lord Jesus commissions His disciples, those who had been close to Him, those who had been following Him, those who had trusted in Him and in whom they had placed their hope.  Now these who had walked near with Him were...

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In our text today, we see Him commission His disciples to go out into the villages and towns of the surrounding region and preach the message of the kingdom.  So what we have in Matthew 10:1-4 is basically an ordination sermon, a message that the Lord Jesus Christ gives to His disciples as He commissions them to their first gospel task.  They had been called to Him as...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 9.  As we've studied Matthew chapter 5-9 together, we have stressed, over and again,  that Christ's word, His words of wisdom,  His teaching on the reality of the Christian life, is set side by side here with His deeds of power.  And so by word and deed, Matthew shows Him to be the Messiah,  the Son...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 9.  We've said, as we have been studying Matthew 8 and 9, that in Matthew 6 through 7, the Lord Jesus sets forth His doctrine of the Christian life.  He gives us a compendium on His  teaching,  on how believers are to live kingdom life in a fallen world.  In Matthew 8 and 9, His deeds of power are set...

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If you have your Bibles, I’d invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter 9.  In our past studies, we have commented that in Matthew 5 through 7, we have the words of life from our Lord.  In Matthew 8 and 9, we have deeds of power by our Lord that we may see by His words and deeds that He is indeed the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 8.  The Lord Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is recorded from chapter 5 to chapter 7, giving us the words of life and the way of life.  Chapters 8 and 9 of Matthew, miracles, mighty attesting signs of the Lord Jesus Christ, are performed so that the word of life is set...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew, chapter eight.  The Lord Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is recorded in Matthew chapters 5 to 7.  The words of life are set forth there.  In Matthew chapters 8 and 9, as we have already begun our study of them, we see the Lord Jesus performing miracles, attesting signs, signs that set forth...

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Having spoken the words of life in the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord Jesus now demonstrates His power by the performance of miracles, signs which attest to who He is, signs which prove the truth of His teaching, signs which prove the claims that He is, indeed, the Christ.  And so, by words and deeds, He is shown the Messiah.  The passage which we’re going to look...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 7.  Today, we come to the conclusion of this great Sermon on the Mount.  Since Matthew 7:13, Christ has been calling on all who will hear Him to enter into the kingdom.  Don’t simply stand and admire the teaching of the kingdom.  Don’t simply stand and say that the teaching of the...

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If you would turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 7.  We will continue our study in the Sermon the Mount.  The concluding section of this great sermon last begins in 7:13-14, where  we found there an urgent exhortation for all of us to enter into the kingdom.  Jesus didn’t simply want people to stand around and admire the beautiful vision of the Christian life that...

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Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 7 as we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount.  Today we come to the final section, the final division of this sermon, beginning here in verse 13 of Matthew chapter 7.  The Lord Jesus starts to apply and conclude the message that He has been sharing with His disciples.  We have seen the...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 7.  We continue our study in our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount.  We have been for these past three weeks and today concluded, four weeks studying the first verses of Matthew chapter 7.  And in this passage, we have learned that our Lord’s righteousness extends to the relationships that we have with others.  Our Lord is not simply...

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Would you please turn with me in you Bibles, to Matthew chapter 7.  We come to another passage concerning prayer in verses 7-11, and this passage may seem to have little direct connection with the verses that we have just studied, but in fact, their relationship is obvious if you give it a little reflection.  Christ has just been instructing His disciples on how they are to relate...

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If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 7.  Last week we said that Matthew 7:1-5, was one of the most familiar, but one of the most misunderstood passages in the Sermon on the Mount.  Well, today in Matthew 7:6, we come to what is just a plain difficult passage.  It is a passage that we often scratch our heads...

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Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 7. This week we enter into a new section of the Sermon on the Mount. Having addressed the issues of the Christian's character, and his influence and his righteousness, and his piety, and his right ambition, the Lord Jesus now turns His attention to our heart attitudes in a series of relationships. Our relationships with our...

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Our songs have been songs of hope and trust in the living god, and we come to Matthew 6, and the Lord Jesus’ discussion of anxiety and its antidote. We’ll begin in verse 25, but you’ll notice that the first word, or therefore, points you back to the immediately preceding verses, and so these passages are tied together in thought. Matthew 6, beginning at verse 25, hear God’s...

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If you have Bibles, please open to Matthew chapter 6 and we will continue our study of Jesus' teaching about true religion. In fact, from Matthew 6, verse 1, down to verse 18, we have seen the Lord Jesus Christ address the issue of giving, of praying, and of fasting. And it is interesting in contrast to the Pharisees the Lord Jesus hasn’t said, well to make sure...

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May all our hearts be drawn to God as we meditate on that vision of the glory of the new heavens and the new earth. If you have your Bibles, I would invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 6. We have been studying in the Sermon on the Mount and in the last few weeks, have been particularly noting Jesus’ contrast between true religion and...

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Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6 as we continue our study in the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount.  The last time we were together in this passage, we were looking at our Lord’s teaching, contrasting what He expected His disciples to do in prayer with that which the Pharisees were practicing.  This week, we will begin to look at the prayer itself, the prayer...

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If you have your Bibles, please turn with me to Matthew chapter 6, as we continue our study of this great Gospel of Matthew and of the Sermon on the Mount.  Last time we were together in this passage, we looked at the first four verses of Matthew chapter 6 and saw the Lord’s teaching on Christian giving.  You remember that as we studied chapter 5, the first...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6.  We have been studying the Gospel of Matthew and in particular the Sermon on the Mount for the past few weeks.  Concentrating on chapter 5 and Jesus’ teaching on the law.  In that passage, Christ had contrasted His proper understanding of the law with the Pharisees misinterpretation of the law, and in particularly in Matthew 5:17-48, we...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5 verse 43 as we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount. We’ve said that throughout chapter 5 from verse 17 all the way down to the end of the chapter in verse 48, the Lord Jesus Christ is setting forth the righteousness of His kingdom, that is, He’s setting forth the kind of life that...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5. We have been studying the Sermon on the Mount for the past few weeks, and specifically, since we began our study of Matthew 5 verses 21 and following, we have seen Christ applying the principles of the righteousness of His kingdom, calling His people to true godliness and trying to raise the awareness of those caught up...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew 5, verse 33. 5:33. We have been studying the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount. We saw in verses 17-20 that Lord set forth the principle of the righteousness of His kingdom. In that passage, He said that the righteousness demanded of His citizens, the citizens of His kingdom, was far beyond that righteousness expected by the Pharisees.

In...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5, as we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount.  We have said the last two weeks that from Matthew 5, verse 21, to Matthew 5, verse 48, Christ is applying the general principals that He taught in verses 17-20 to six specific issues in human relationships.  Over and over we have said that Christ stresses...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5. This passage we read this morning is one of those passage’s that reminds us why it’s good to preach through books of the Bible because preachers would like to skip passages like these. There are two reasons I’m encouraged coming to a passage like this today. The first one is these are the words of our Lord...

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Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5 as we continue our study of the sermon on the mount. We are in a section from Matthew 5 verse 17 all the way down to verse 48 where the Lord Jesus sets forth the law of His kingdom, the righteousness of His kingdom. We knew what the Pharisees were teaching in the land of Israel in His...

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If you will turn in your Bibles to Matthew 5. We’ve been studying the Sermon on the Mount for the past few weeks and we’ve said so far that the Sermon on the Mount is our Lord’s word to us about what it means to be a Christian in the world in which He’s placed us. For us that means what it means to be a Christian in...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5. We continue our study in the Beatitudes. The last three weeks, we have looked at the character of the Christian as it is described in the Beatitudes. Today, I want to look at the blessings that are listed in the Beatitudes. We have seen eight blessings pronounced. Seven of them pronounced upon character qualities of the Christian...

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Pleaseturn with me in your Bibles to Matthew, chapter 5. We continue our study in The Beatitudes, the first portion of the Sermon on the Mount. We have said so far in our study of the first five beatitudes that these blessings are blessings upon certain aspects of Christian character. Jesus describes for us, incidentally as He gives these blessings, what a Christian looks like. And this, simultaneously...

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Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 5 as we continue our study of the Sermon on the Mount together. We have said that in this great sermon, our Lord Jesus Christ tells us what it means to live as Christians in the world where He has placed us. In our case, in this pluralistic, secularized world. How do you live as a Christian? The Lord...

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Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter five. We continue our study in the Gospel of Matthew, today coming to the Sermon on the Mount, perhaps the most familiar extended passage in the whole of the Scriptures. The first great discourse recorded for us by Matthew. Matthew records five of Jesus’ discourses, and this is the first of them. And this great sermon has to do...

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Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 4 as we continue our study in Matthew’s gospel. In chapter 1, we saw the identity of our Lord set forth through His genealogy. In chapter 2, we saw Him worshipped by shepherds and by the Gentile, the Magi from the east who had come to Him. In chapter 3, we saw His baptism, and in that baptism and...

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Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 4 as we continue our study in Matthew'’ gospel. We continue in the first days of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee as He calls His first disciples into active service. Hear the word of the living God, God’s holy, inerrant and inspired Word, beginning in verse eighteen.

Matthew 4:18-21

Our Father we thank You for this Your Word...

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How lovely is His dwelling place. Please turn with me in your Bible to Matthew chapter 4. We enter a new section of the Gospel of Matthew today as we begin in verse 12 of Matthew chapter 4. In chapter 1, we saw the origins of our Savior. We saw His identity set forth. David’s son is David’s Lord. He is the appointed Messiah. The one that God...

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Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." But He answered and said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT...

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Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 3, as we continue our study in this gospel. Matthew chapter 3, beginning in verse 13. Hear God’s holy and inspired word.

"Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 2. As we have opened this glorious gospel in the last few weeks, we have seen Matthew in the genealogy tell us of the origins of our Savior and the recounting of the story of His virgin birth. He has witnessed to the divinity of our Savior and His almighty and all sufficient saving power. And in the...

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Matthew 2:1-12 Jesus born in Bethlehem: According to Scripture

 

Would you please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 2. As we continue our study in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. Last week we concentrated on the circumstances of Jesus’ birth and the nature of our Savior. Some of the things that Matthew teaches us about who He...

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Turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 1. Last week, we saw some of the truths about our Savior set forth in the genealogy and this week, we attend God’s Word to us about His virgin birth. Matthew chapter 1, beginning in verse 18.

"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they...

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Please turn with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 1 as we begin an exposition of this great Gospel.  Let’s hear the word of the living God beginning in verse 1 of Matthew 1. 

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. To Abraham was born Isaac; and to Isaac, Jacob; and to Jacob, Judah and his...

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