StoneBridge Community Church
All This Took Place #1: An Introduction to Matthew
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
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  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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Basic Bible Study Methods

Allen Ross, "Learning Basic Bible Study Methods: An Inductive Guide to Studying the Gospel of Matthew" website. A helpful guide on how to study the Bible, useful for both personal and Growth Group study.

Papyrus fragment containing Matthew 1.1-9 and 1.12-20 which give the genealogy of Jesus. Penn Museum.

Introduction to Matthew

David B. Wallace, "Matthew: Introduction, Argument, and Outline" website. A comprehensive overview of Matthew's Gospel.

The Calling of Saint Matthew by Andrey Mironov, 2010. Canvas, oil. 85 x 70.

The Origins of Jesus Christ

Bob Deffinbaugh, "The Origins of Jesus Christ" (Matthew 1:1-25) Why does Matthew begin with a genealogy, and what do its unique features tell us about Jesus' identity?

The Messiah

Ralph P. Martin, "Messiah" Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. Trent C. Butler, Editor.

"King David Playing the Harp" Gerard van Honthorst. 1622. Central Museum in Utrecht.

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

A beautiful infographic designed by Jeffrey Kranz of Compares the genealogies in Matthew and Luke and explains why they do not contradict but complement one another.

Matthew’s Use of the Term “Fulfilled”

Wayne Jackson, "Matthew’s Use of the Term “Fulfilled” Christian Courier
Matthew was…
Matthew was an eyewitness to most* of the events he records, laying out historical events, not mythology. (Matthew would not have been present at Jesus' birth, but would have known Jesus' mother Mary who could have reported to him what had taken place.)
Jesus' life, death, and resurrection…
Jesus' life, death, and resurrection are linked to, continue, complete, and fulfill the Old Testament promises and prophecies.
1. I can trust that God…
1. I can trust that God has a plan and that God keeps his promises.
For reflection/discussion
Most people think of genealogies as mind-numbingly boring. Why does Matthew begin his gospel with a genealogy? What is different about Matthew's genealogy when compared with most genealogies found in the Old Testament? Why are the genealogies of Matthew and Luke different? What do the women found in Matthew's genealogy have in common, and why might their inclusion be important to Matthew? How does Jesus fulfill God's promise to David in 2 Samuel 7:8-14?

The Prophet Greater Than Moses

"Matthew, in the way he structures his narrative, is going to great lengths to show you that Jesus has come as the new Moses. Like Moses, Jesus came up out of Egypt, passed through the waters of baptism, entered the wilderness, and went up onto a mountain to give a new, authoritative teaching. As you note the parallels you realize that Jesus could be none other than the long-anticipated prophet… But different than Moses…" . . . —Whitney Woollard, "The Prophet Greater Than Moses" Gospel Centered Discipleship

Moses and the Ten Commandments, James Jacques Joseph Tissot, c. 1896-1902. Jewish Museum, New York City.

Five Teaching Discourses in Matthew

The five discourses are (1) the Sermon on the Mount, (2) the Missionary Discourse, (3) the Parabolic Discourse, (4) the Discourse on the Church,  and (5) the Discourse on End Times. Wikipedia article.

Outline of Matthew series

Outline of the series prepared by Pastor Jeff, highlighting the five major blocks of teaching in Matthew.

In N Out Burger Secret Menu

Animal Fries, The Flying Dutchman, 4x4s, Protein Style, Neapolitan Shakes, Whole Grilled Onion, and other esoteric offerings. Jeff Miller ranks his favorites on In 'N' Out's secret menu. Thrill List.

The Gospel of Matthew is arranged like an In 'N Out Burger 5x5. Intro and Conclusion (bun), five blocks of teaching (patties), with five narrative sections that follow (cheese).

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. . . . Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God." C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 55-56.

Is C. S. Lewis's Argument Unsound?

Justin Taylor, "Is C. S. Lewis's Liar-Lord-or-Lunatic Argument Unsound?" The Gospel Coalition. Speaks to criticisms of Lewis's argument as presented in Mere Christianity, demonstrating how Lewis anticipates and addresses them in other works.
2. God wants my life…
2. God wants my life to reflect that I know and love Jesus.
For reflection/discussion
How does God fulfill God's promise to Moses in Deuteronomy 18:18? What similarities do you see between Moses and Jesus? How are the two different? What are your thoughts on Lewis's statement that it is "patronizing nonsense" to view Jesus simply as a great human teacher? How does living according to Jesus' teaching demonstrate that we know and love Jesus?

"God and the Angels Visit Abraham" Arent de Gelder 1645 – 1727. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

Look for a pattern in the narrative sections of Matthew…
God acts in power. People push back.

Le Massacre des Innocents, Léon Cogniet. 1824. Museum of Fine Arts, Rienne.

3. God has…
3. God has a heart for people everywhere, and God wants me to have the same.
For reflection/discussion
How does Jesus fulfill God's promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:18? What evidence do you find in the Bible that God has a heart for the whole world? What challenges do we face in loving people from other countries, cultures, faiths, and traditions? What steps can we take in getting to know and learning to love people outside our own comfort zone?

Growth Group Resources

On this StoneBridge web page, you'll find resources to help you in your group or individual study of Matthew's Gospel.  These resources include (1) a Growth Group Study Guide, (2) two excellent introductory videos from The Bible Project, (3) links to free online Bible commentaries and study materials, and (4) the complete Visual Bible: Gospel of Matthew movie featuring Bruce Marchiano's winsome portrayal of Jesus.

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