I have been studying the Gospel of Matthew in a more focused way for a few years now. A few years ago I took a course on the Gospel of Matthew in grad school with Dr. Perrin, one of my favorite professors. I spent portions of 2012-2013 immersed in it while writing a Bible study guide for Crossway’s Knowing the Bible series. And I’ve spent 15-20 hours with it nearly every week of this year as I’ve preached through it at Zionsville Fellowship. When we finally finish teaching through it as a church, I’m contemplating a proposal to my church family that we circle back to chapter 1 and do it all over again… and then repeat that a few dozen more times.
It’s still largely a mystery to me, and I still have much repenting and trusting to do in light of what I’ve seen. It has become a good friend to help me see and know the True Friend.
I recently wrote down a few reasons why it’s worth taking the time to study this book, especially in light of it’s uniqueness. Here are the 6 reasons that rise to the surface:
- It makes a unique contribution
- It shows the Old Testament roots of the gospel
- It explains the nature of Christ’s kingdom
- It draws attention to the heart of Christ
- It calls us to a life of missional discipleship
- It persuades us of the treasure of Christ