We continue our occasional series of explorations of the books of the Bible with the Gospel of Matthew. As part of this ongoing series, we’ll include one of our beautifully produced videos that highlight the key themes of that book of the Bible
 
Matthew is the first of the four Gospels. We learn from the Gospels that Matthew was formerly a tax collector, a very unpopular occupation. But Matthew left everything to follow Jesus after he reached the conclusion that Jesus was the expected Messiah. His Gospel emphasizes the King and His kingdom and was originally written primarily for an audience of Jewish readers. Matthew emphasizes that God has sent His King, His Messiah, who would rule as His Regent on earth by offering the kingdom to His people. In this sense, Matthew is the culmination of all the Old Testament’s anticipation of the Messiah who would come, so Matthew frequently references the Old Testament.
 
Matthew emphasizes that God has sent His King, His Messiah, who would rule as His Regent on earth by offering the kingdom to His people.
 
Matthew seeks to convince his readers that Jesus is the Messianic King whom the Jews were waiting for. That’s why he begins with a genealogy that links Jesus to the royal line of David. The book reaches an unexpected climax when the Messiah is crucified, but this is followed by the resurrection and the announcement that the King is alive and coming back, and that His kingdom is in the world today. Jesus’ Great Commission at the end of Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20) means that the book of Matthew is relevant for us as believers today.
 
Here’s a short video that highlights five key themes of the book of Matthew. May you be blessed by it!
 
 
 

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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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