Matthew

The Parables of Matthew 13

From THE NUMERICAL BIBLE Outline: DIVISION 4 (Chap. xiii.-xx. 28.) The Kingdom in the hands of Men. SUBDIVISION 1 (viii. 1-52) Viewed as a Whole. SECTION 1. (1-35) As left to itself,-- the King absent. Subsection 1 (1-30): Individual aspects. Part 1 (1-23): a kingdom of the truth. Part 2 (24-30): The enemy and the spurious wheat Subsection 2 31-33): Collective aspects Part 1 (31-32): in independence Part 2 (33): the leaven of falsehood. Subsection 3 (34, 35): things...

The Sympathy and Grace of Jesus

(Read carefully Matthew 14:1-21 and Mark 6:30-44) In these two parallel scriptures we are presented with two distinct conditions of heart which both find their answer in the sympathy and grace of Jesus. Let us look closely at them and may the Holy Spirit enable us to gather up and bear away their precious teaching! It was a moment of deep sorrow to John's disciples when their master fell by the sword of Herod, when the one on whom they had been accustomed to lean and from whose lips t...

Concerned About Your Assembly? Trust the Lord for the Answer.

    When for the first time in the whole canon of Scripture, the Church, properly so called, is named, we have those memorable words,...

They Opened Their Treasures

“And when they were come into the house, they … fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts….” Matt. 2:11 There are great lessons for us here concerning worship. First, is the position of worship—they “fell down.” Second is the Person of worship—they “worshipped Him.” Thirdly, the product of worship—they “opened their treasures.” Treasures are ̶...

The Person of Christ As Revealed in the Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 1 The first four chapters of the first Gospel yield quite a complex view of our Lord. In the first chapter, He is spoken of as the Son of David, the Messiah; also as the Son of Abraham, the Seed in Whom all the nations of the world are to be blessed. This term also suggests the family of faith. “They which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” (Gal. 3:7). He is also the Son of the virgin, suggesting the promised “Seed of the woman,” and de...

The Seven "I Will's" of Christ

When a man says, "I will," it may not mean much. We very often say "I will" when we don’t mean to fulfill what we say. But when we come to the "I will" of Christ, He means to fulfill it. Everything He promised to do, He is able and willing to accomplish. I cannot find any Scripture where He says "I will" do this or "I will" do that but that it will be done. 1. The "I Will" of Salvation The first "I will" is to be found in John’s Gospel, ch...

NT Church - The church is financed by free will offerings.

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:6,7). This is another area of the church that is very important in meeting New Testament specifications, yet it is seldom addressed. It is a sensitive area because many churches have v...

Dangers in Leadership

The following was first given as a message at the May, 1999 Elders and Workers Conference in Markham, Ontario. In my travels among the assemblies it is evident that the general spiritual condition of many of them is poor. Attendance is often a small portion of those who would claim to be in fellowship. Worldliness has made inroads and it is manifested in a lack of commitment to the local assembly and a strong commitment to careers, hobbies, sports, and recreation. ...

The Church Age

Excerpt from The Church Truth Series Many Christians do not understand where the Church fits in God’s time table. Many confuse the New Testament Church with the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. As a result many bring Old Testament law and principles into the New Testament Church. This leads to great confusion and error. It is very important that we see the clear distinction between the Church and Israel. The Bible clearly teaches us that the New Testament C...

Reversing the Trend

"Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent." (Rev. 3:3). Perhaps you are in an assembly where gradual changes have been occurring. The Lord’s Supper is no longer viewed as very important. Attendance was down and the decision was made to appoint one man to orchestrate the service. It was also suggested that women be free to participate vocally. Now they seem to be more vocal than the men. Since the elders were not doing their wor...
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