Matthew 16(21–28)

Introduction The last time we were studying Matthew's gospel together we read Peter's confession about the Lord Jesus. The Lord asked: 'Who do you say that I am?' And Peter said: 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' So, you're God's Anointed King, sent to save God's people; and you're also the … Continue reading Matthew 16(21–28)

Matthew 15(21–39)

Introduction Last week's passage was about the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who were careful to separate themselves from everything and everyone which might defile their ceremonial purity. And that meant the Pharisees and teachers of the law stayed away from Gentiles, who they considered to be unclean. However, in the first part … Continue reading Matthew 15(21–39)

Matthew 15(01–20)

Verses 1 to 9 Today's passage begins with Matthew telling us that Pharisees and teachers of the law came from Jerusalem. The Pharisees were the 'separated ones'. They were Jews who tried to separate themselves from everything which was unclean and which might defile them. And that meant staying away from 'sinners' and performing ceremonial … Continue reading Matthew 15(01–20)

Matthew 13(01–23)

Introduction Matthew 13 contains seven parables about the kingdom of heaven. There's the parable of the sower which we'll study this evening. Then there's the parable of the weeds, and of the mustard seed, and of the yeast, and of the hidden treasure, and of the pearl, and of the net. And so, here we … Continue reading Matthew 13(01–23)