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Matthew 4:23-25; 5:1-12

Adult Study Class

Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 4:23-25; 5:1-12

Rev. Christopher T. Metropulos

 Summary of Jesus’ Ministry – Pg. 12

  1. Jesus ministers to the crowds:
    1. Matthew’s report of Jesus Christ astounding success finding a welcome everywhere.
    2. Healing every disease and malady among the people – no affliction beyond his reach.  No wonder so many followed him.

The Beatitudes: The Blessing of True Disciples – pg. 12

 1st  Discourse – The Sermon on the Mount

    1. A God spoke from the Mountain in Moses’ time so now He speaks from the mountain with Christ.  He was expounded the truth!
    2. Beatitudes stand at the head of the Sermon on the Mount.
    3. Beatitudes are Christ’s promise to the disciples.
    4. Despised state of His disciples form the background to the Beatitudes.  Christ’s followers were despised by the Pharisees.  They denounce the followers of Jesus Christ as hapless and pathetic of men.
    5. Christ therefore counters this saying – those who have chosen to follow Him are blesses (Gr. Makarios)
    6. Meaningful and ninefold description of His true followers.  Indication of the reversal of their current position to one of Glory in the Kingdom.
    7. They are not commendations for certain virtues or state of mind.
    8. Blessed are the ___________________ for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven

Poor in spirit

Those who mourn

The meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

The merciful

The peace makers

Those who have been persecuted

Next Class – You are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)

Matthew 3:7-12

Adult Study Class

The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 3:7-12

Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos

The Baptism of Repentance

Preparation for Christian Ministry

John’s function is that of a herald of the coming kingdom- heralding in the wilderness of Judea.

The Messianic reign of God over Israel is at hand, yet Israel is not ready to receive the Messiah.

Matthew reveals John’s place in the divine plan with a citation from Isaiah the Profit. – Voice shouting in the wilderness “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His path (IS 40:3)

The struggle of the Jews of the day – they will not be saved just because they are Jewish.

John points away from himself and toward the one to come – Jesus Christ.

Messiah’s power differs from John’s as fire is different from water.  John’s baptism in water, but Messiah will baptize n the Holy Spirit and fire.

Baptism of Christ