We are in an in-between period, not just because of COVID-19 but because of our Bible teaching series at CrossHope Chapel.
In case you missed it we have finished our Sunday study through the book of Genesis, after I concluded the book with two YouTube videos. We were close to wrapping it up before the coronavirus occurred anyway, so I recorded two videos that that gave the big-picture view of Jacob becoming Israel and Joseph bringing his family to Egypt.
I have made mention of wanting to go to the book of Acts as our next study, and in recent weeks, wanting to go to Revelation. I wanted too, but…. a few days ago I was reading in the book of Matthew as part of some personal study through a particular prophecy in Daniel, and the thought hit me that this is where we need to go as a church in our next Sunday study.
While Genesis was the book of promises of the coming Kingdom of Heaven, Matthew is the book of fulfillment of the promise of the coming Kingdom of Heaven.
While Genesis pointed to God’s work through the line of Adam, through Abraham, through Isaac, through Jacob, Matthew points to God’s work through the second Adam, Jesus Christ.
The theme of Matthew is simply Jesus is the King and Kingdom of Heaven is here and its mix of narratives, parables, and teaching explains what that looks like to us, His disciples.
Matthew not only declares the Kingdom of Heaven is here, it declares how that Kingdom is transformed from one by faith and one by literal actual real physical rule. The Gospel of Matthew is the gospel of last days events.
Matthew is a book whose message is as easy to satisfy thirst from a simple straw in a handheld glass as it is to find refreshment from plunging deep into a natural spring well.
Also, Matthew is one book that we have not yet been through.
When will we Start Matthew?
I am thinking when we get back to Sunday fellowship together, which I am hoping will be in May.
Our first Sunday back will likely be a time of celebration where I will give a bit of an introduction to Matthew, but I am expecting that day to be formed around fellowship with communion and a meal.
Between now and then I will continue to put out a few YouTube video clips and write as the Lord impresses me to share.
Starting to tomorrow morning I will email the “Today in Passion Week” points, through Resurrection Sunday.
Remember they will be brief and simple but I hoping they will at least draw your thoughts to the events of that day during Passion Week for our Lord and Savior.
Maranatha, and know that I am praying for you.
All articles and YouTube videos that I have made during this COVID-19 shutdown can be found linked to the front page of our website at www.crosshopechapel.org.