Matthew is the first Gospel written in the New Testament and it bridges the Old Testament to the New, by showing Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. He has more than 60 Old Testament quotations and refers to Jesus as the Son of David. He emphasizes the teaching of Jesus and points to Jesus as the Savior of the Gentiles too, as we see in the account of the Wise Men in chapter 2. Our summary verse is from Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – (ESV)
The region of Galatia (modern day Turkey) was middle ground between Rome and Jerusalem (the two hearts of Gentiles and Jews). This letter dealt with serious issues between those two groups. Paul's letter to the Galatians has been called the “Magna Carta of Christian Liberty.” Christ has freed believers from bondage to the law (5:1-6) and from bondage to sin (5:16-26) and has placed them in a position of liberty. Our summary verse is from Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” – (NKJV)
We move ahead in our study of Genesis to chapter 2 and another look at the creation account. In this chapter we are given more detailed information about the creation of mankind and what makes human different and distinct from the rest of God's created world. We will also look at the institution of marriage which God describes in the union of Adam and Eve. Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Mark Tiefel as they continue though this important book of Genesis and both rediscover and discuss the its revealed truths which continue to have bearing on our lives today.
In our chronological study of the books of the Bible we enter the New Testament with a look at the epistle of James, possibly the earliest New Testament writing. It is a great connecting book between the Old Testament and New Testament with many references to Old Testament people and passages. James connects faith to the Christian life. Our summary verse is from James 2:24: “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.” – (NKJV)
This last of the Old Testament books is full of the LORD’s long-suffering and patience toward His people. It brings out a vivid contrast between God’s holiness, and man’s sinfulness. He admonishes them for sin, but shows them what they have to look forward to in their repentance. Our summary verse is from Malachi 4:2: “But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.” – (NKJV)
In the face of much opposition from foreign neighbors, Nehemiah motivated his people to complete the rebuilding of the walls and gates of Jerusalem. Nehemiah organized a guard to keep watch for enemies, but reminded the people that the LORD was in control. What seems impossible is possible with the LORD. Our summary verse is from Nehemiah 8:10: “The joy of the LORD is your strength.” – (NKJV)
Ezra traces the history of the Jews during the years following the decree of Cyrus to let the Jewish exiles return to their homeland. Ezra deals with the restoration of temple worship, reforming the people, and leading them to a desire for God's Word and in an understanding of it. Our summary verse is from Ezra 7:10: “Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it.” – (NASB)
The book of Genesis is the foundational book of the Bible, upon which the rest of God's revelation in Scripture is based. It is a book of beginning. It is also one of the most doubted and contested books of the Bible because many of the truths which it presents are rejected by our modern world. In the opening chapter they will delve into God, the creation (and the theory of evolution), and mankind, as well as much more. Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Mark Tiefel as they journey though this important book and both rediscover and discuss the truths which it reveals which continue to have bearing on our lives today.
Esther is meaningful to us because it reminds us that God works in and through human being throughout every period of history to bring about His will. The LORD worked through Mordecai and Esther in this account to save His people and preserve His promise to send a Savior. The book emphasizes the doctrine of vocation, which points to how God is active in the work and lives of human beings as they use their God-given gifts and position in the service of their neighbor. Our summary verse is from Esther 4:14: “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” – (NIV)
Zechariah portrayed the Messiah so often that he falls second only to the prophet Isaiah in the number of Messianic prophecies mentioned. These Messianic prophecies are so clear that Luther called Zechariah, “One of the most comforting of all the prophets.” Our summary verse is from Zechariah 9:9: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.” – (NKJV)