AUDIO LECTURE – Live Recording
Although the Bible book of Matthew launches the New Testament Canon, it wasn’t written first. The early church history, however, shows new Christians studied and read from it so frequently that the Gospel according to Matthew was given the place of honor as the number one position in the New Testament Canon. Just as Scripture students today seek Bible study tips, those early Christians wanted tips in how to be a new Christian. Try to put yourself in their position. What was required to be a follower of Jesus Christ? The Gospel of Matthew had these answers and came to be known as the guidebook or handbook for new followers of The Way. Want to know how to love your neighbor, what the Kingdom was and meant, how to resolve relationships with others, and especially how to learn to pray. Although Matthew was written later than the Bible history timeline might indicate from its placement, this Gospel leads in the Canon for those reasons and more. The pattern of teaching and healing is seen through its five sections, mimicking the same structure as the Torah or Pentateuch, showing a relationship between Jesus and the Old Testament. There is an accompanying book of Matthew study guide filled with Bible study questions for Matthew, as well as Bible study tips for those just starting group Bible study. Enjoy this audio lecture in CD format or MP3 instant digital download. Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
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