Teaching Session #24 - 10 October 2019
The Gospel of Matthew
Main speaker - Saju Muthalaly
Leader for the evening - David Wilkins
Each of the four Gospels uniquely tells the story of Jesus. None of them give a blow by blow account of His life, indeed it can be frustrating that even reading all the gospels back to back, you emerge with no clear view of what Jesus did when, and of his life from beginning to end. At least not in the detail biographers would like. But each Gospel highlights a certain aspect of Jesus they want their readers to understand.
The Gospel of Matthew is a swinging door between the Old and New Testaments. Primarily written for Jewish readers, it makes a convincing case that Jesus was the Messiah first for the Jew and also for the Gentile. Moreover it’s five discourses unique to Mathew, show Jesus was the fulfillment of the law and prophets, rather than the replacement of a system that did not work.
Join Saju and David on Sunday 13 October, as we explain what Jesus’ Jewish identity means and how it is still relevant for us today. What did Jesus mean by “the Kingdom of Heaven,” how can an understanding of Jesus' Jewish roots deepen our understanding of his teaching? And exactly how does Matthew’s Gospel bridge the divide some see between the “old and new,” testaments. We will tackle these and much much more on Sunday. Bring your Bibles and your insatiable curiosity along too (ask us lots of questions). Free tea and coffee are available throughout.
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