Hey everyone. Welcome to a new study on the book of Matthew. Since we are starting our Monday Night Worship Communities on March 3, I thought it might be a good idea to do a deeper dive into the book as we prepare for that.
One note. All the Scripture references in these devotions will be from the Passion translation.
In beginning a study on the book of Matthew, we have to start to realize how this fits into the overall picture of the Bible. I’m leaning a lot on a study that I found on the book of Matthew and will quote from it often.
“The book of Matthew presents a clear and thorough account of who Jesus is and what he accomplished in his life, death, and resurrection. At the heart of Matthew’s account is the identification of Jesus Christ as the true King of the universe who ushers in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew’s Gospel also gives us a clear picture of discipleship, one with all of Jesus’ radical demands on his followers amid a hostile world.”
“While each of the four Gospels draws attention to how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament, Matthew’s account is the most explicitly and thoroughly Jewish. Additionally, while Matthew shares a lot of the same material with Mark and Luke, he organizes the material somewhat differently. While there is a broad chronological progression to Matthew’s Gospel, he intentionally groups various teachings and events together in order to create a more “thematic” presentation.”
In the paragraph above, the word disciple is referenced. It’s good to have a clear definition and remind us all of what a disciple is, especially one in Jesus’ time. A disciple is a person who submits to the teachings of another. In the New Testament it refers to those who submit themselves to Jesus and those who traveled with Him.
So. We’ll take this in small doses but start there. Start with the word disciple. How does that word fit in your life? Do you consider yourself a part time or full time disciple? Do you want to be a disciple? Do you want to be discipled?
All very relevant and though-provoking questions for a teaching that will basically describe the lifestyle of a disciple. It’s a good reminder and a great place to start.