StoneBridge Community Church
All This Took Place #3: The Sermon on the Move
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • 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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Commentary on Chapter 8

Bob Utley, "Chapter 8" From the series Matthew: The First Christian Primer.

How To Spot Fake News

Eugene Kiely and Lori Robertson, "How to Spot Fake News" A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

The First Three Miracles in Matthew 8-9

Bob Deffinbaugh, "A Leper, a Gentile, and a Little Old Lady" (Matthew 8:1-17). website.


"Leprosy" Holman Bible Dictionary, Trent C.Butler, editor. Published by Broadman & Holman, 1991.

Niels Larsen Stevn, Healing of the Leper (1913) Skovgaard Museum, Viborg, Denmark.

Imperial Roman Army

Wikipedia article covering the history, size, organization, equipment, strategy, tactics, and other information about the Imperial Roman Army.

Cenotaph stone dedicated to the legionary senior centurion of the 18th legion, Marcus Caelius. Note multiple decorations for valour. Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany.

James Tissot (1836–1902) The Healing of Peter's Mother-in-law. Brooklyn Museum

Archaeology and the Historical Reliability of the New Testament

Peter Williams examines the historical reliability of the New Testament in the light of the findings of archaeology. Includes a section on archaeological discoveries in Capernaum, including that of Peter's house. —Peter S. Williams, "Archaeology and the Historical Reliability of the New Testament" BeThinking website.
1. Jesus has authority…
1. Jesus has authority over illness and disease.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: What is your definition of a miracle? Have you ever witnessed or experienced a miracle? Why do some people question miracles?

Ludolf Backhuysen, Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1695). Oil on canvas. 23 x 28-1/2 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art

2. Jesus has authority over…
2. Jesus has authority over the powers of nature.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: What does Jesus' sleeping through the storm tell us about him? Why does Jesus say to his disciples, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Have you ever called out to God in the midst of a stormy time? How did God respond? What does Jesus' being able to calm the storm imply about his identity?

Miracle of the Gadarene Swine, Briton Riviere, 1883, Tate Gallery, London.

3. Jesus has authority…
3. Jesus has authority over supernatural powers.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: Scientific method only allows for naturalistic explanations of events, but that does not mean that the world is governed solely by natural forces or events. What evidence, if any, do you see for the existence of supernatural powers at work in the world? What evidence if any, can you identify that suggests that some people are in bondage to forces beyond their control? How does a personal relationship with God through Christ address that bondage?


Jerry M. Henry, "Blasphemy" Holman Bible Dictionary, Butler, Trent C. Butler, editor. Published by Broadman & Holman, 1991.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9.2b)

4. Jesus has authority…
4. Jesus has authority to forgive our sin.

The Authority to Forgive Sin

Allen Ross, "The Authority To Forgive Sins" (Matthew 9:1-8). website.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: In forgiving the paralyzed man his sin, what is Jesus implicitly claiming about who he is? What evidence do you see in the gospels or elsewhere that Jesus is a liar? That Jesus is a lunatic? That Jesus is Lord?

“The Calling of St. Matthew” by Hendrick Terbrugghen, 1616. Centraal Museum in Utrecht.

The Raising of Jairus' Daughter by Gabriel von Max. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

5. Jesus has authority…
5. Jesus has authority over life and death.
For reflection/discussion
For reflection/discussion: As Jesus continues to demonstrate his authority, power, and love in this section of Matthew's Gospel, it is clear that there is growing opposition to him. Why would people be opposed to Jesus, his teaching, and/or his actions? In what areas of your life do you resist Jesus, his teaching, or his work? Why?

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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