What's Unique in Matthew's Gospel?
The Sheep and the Goats
This Bible study on Matthew 25:31 - 46 corresponds with our Sunday sermons from 5 April, 2009. Overview: Christ's sheep and goat analogy of judgement day forms the epic conclusion of Christ's final earthly sermon in Matthew's gospel.
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
This Bible study on Matthew 25:1 - 13 corresponds with our Sunday sermons from March 29, 2009. Overview: Christ's declaration of the imminent appearing of his kingdom is the overarching theme of Matthew's gospel. Through his parable of the wise and foolish virgins, Christ's warns us to always be ready for his second coming.
The Parable of the Hired Workers
This Bible study, based on Matthew 20:1 - 16, corresponds with our Sunday sermons on 22-03-09. Overview: The process of choosing teams for playground games is affirming for those chosen first but cruel and unusual punishment for those chosen last. By contrast, as Jesus calls citizens into his kingdom he says that the last will be first and the first will be last. But what does this mean?
The parable of the unforgiving servant
This Bible study based on Jesus' teaching in Matthew 18 corresponds with our Sunday sermons from 15-03-09. Sin is an offence against God. Therefore it's not taken too seriously in an unbelieving society. But to Jesus sin is no laughing matter. In this chapter Jesus teaches how sin is to be dealt within Christian communities.
The Field and the Fishing Net
This study on Jesus' parables of the field and the fishing net (Matthew 13:24 - 30 and 36 - 43) corresponds with our Sunday sermons from March 3, 2009. Overview: Our society lives with so much spiritual and moral relativism in the present that people tend to believe that their eternal destiny is also their own personal choice. Wrong!
The hidden treasure
This Bible study, based on Jesus' parables in Matthew 13:44 - 46, corresponds with our Sunday sermons from 1 March. Overview: One person's junk is another's treasure. Even though Christ was rejected and mistreated on earth he remains heaven's greatest treasure.
The Wise and Foolish Builders
This Bible study on Matthew 7:24 - 29 corresponds with our Sunday sermons from 22-02-09. Overview: Jesus' well known parable of the wise and foolish builders has all the hallmarks of a classic moral fable. But coming from the mouth of God's own son this story takes on eternal significance.
Is there a flaw with God's law?
This Bible study of Matthew 5:17 - 20 corresponds with our Sunday sermons from 15-02-09. Over the past decade a letter has been circulating the internet that cleverly questions the modern relevance of the Old Testament Law. This is the same Law that Jesus was frequently accused of breaking. So what did Jesus mean when he said that he came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it?
Being Salt and Light
This Bible study on Matthew 5:13 - 16 corresponds with our Sunday sermons from 08-02-09. Religiosity and worldliness are both enemies of Christ's disciples who are called to be his salt of the earth and light of the world.
Gospel of Matthew Overview
This Bible study series was written by pastor Chadd Hafer. Overview: The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke share so much common material they are sometimes called the synoptic (related) gospels. But 1/3 of Matthew is this disciple's own unique contribution to the story of Christ. So what's unique about Matthew's gospel? This study corresponds to our Sunday sermons on Feb. 1 2009.