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Matthew contains 28 chapters which are so vital for our proper understanding of the Christ. This post links together a set of study guides which includes an introduction to the book and 28 individual study guides for each of the chapters. These are used in connection with our radio program: WALKING IN TRUTH, which is broadcast each Sunday morning at 7:00 (Central Time) on station WCBL, 1290 AM and 99.1 FM, Benton, KY. If you are not in the western Kentucky area, you can listen by means of the TUNE-In app. We began this study of Matthew on 7 February 2016, and it will continue for 28 consecutive Sundays. The study guides will be added as they are completed. Please help us to get the word out about these study guides by using the social media boxes below this post.

Wayne Jackson has this to say about this wonderful book…

… is doubtless the most frequently read narrative in the New Testament. In spite of this, the scope and grandeur of this divine document is probably overlooked by many. Theodor Zahn declared: ‘In grandness of conception and in the power with which a mass of material is subordinated to great ideas, no writing in the New Testament, dealing with a historical theme, is to be compared with Matthew.’ … Each of the Gospel writers, under the divine leading of the Holy Spirit, had his own theme to develop. Each was primarily addressing his narrative to a different class of people. Mark was directed toward the Roman culture of the first century, while Luke’s Gospel was designed to appeal to the Greek mind. John’s account is universal in scope. But Matthew’s narrative is decidedly Jewish in flavor. It is a book written by a Jew for Jews about a Jew! The purpose of the Book of Matthew might be briefly stated thusly: The design of Matthew is to demonstrate (primarily to the Jews, but ultimately to all men) that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament Scriptures and the author of the kingdom of God in which all peoples of the earth may be saved. With great care, the apostle develops this theme [Wayne Jackson, “The Living Message of Matthew,” in The Living Messages of the Books of the New Testament, Editors: Garland Elkins, and Thomas B. Warren, 1976, pp., 34-35].

Individual Study Guides for Matthew:

Introduction to Matthew

Chapter 01     Chapter 02     Chapter 03     Chapter 04     Chapter 05     Chapter 06

Chapter 07     Chapter 08     Chapter 09     Chapter 10     Chapter 11     Chapter 12

Chapter 13     Chapter 14     Chapter 15     Chapter 16     Chapter 17     Chapter 18

Chapter 19     Chapter 20     Chapter 21     Chapter 22     Chapter 23     Chapter 24

Chapter 25     Chapter 26     Chapter 27     Chapter 28

A merged PDF document containing ALL of the above files (341 pages; 17.72 mb) is available by clicking H-E-R-E.

A Study of Titus

Walking in Truth--TitusWe have begun a study of the New Testament Book of Titus on the radio program WALKING IN TRUTH. We accompany our studies on the radio with study guides for the New Testament chapters we cover there. Scroll down to find a link to the PDF files. If you find the studies helpful, please use the social media to tell others about them. We will add each chapter as we cover them on the radio. If all of the files are not available, please check back later.

The Basic Message of Titus and How it Lives for Men Today…

While Titus is not mentioned in the book of Acts, this able and devoted companion of Paul is referred to in other places. His birth place is not known, but probably was in Antioch of Syria. At least, this is the conviction of many great scholars. Titus played a great part in the early history of the church and was of such character that he was and could be depended upon for the advancement of the gospel.

It is remarkable to note the prominence which Titus enjoyed in Paul’s epistles to the churches, showing the fact that Paul did regard him highly. He is mentioned some nine times in Second Corinthians, and always with marked affection and appreciation. The strength of character and ability to deal with people was graphically portrayed in the difficult tasks which were given him. For instance: (1) The collection for the Jerusalem Saints. When Paul needed someone to motivate the Corinthians in their duties toward aiding the Saints in Judea, which they promised, Titus was called upon for that task. (2) He was used as a peacemaker. The church at Corinth was not void of her problems and he was sent there according to 2 Corinthians 7.5-16, to help this situation. (3) He was used to demonstrate a principle (Gal 2.1-5). When Paul and Barnabas left Antioch to go into the Galatian area to establish churches, some Judaizing teachers came to Antioch and taught that circumcision was still binding. It is at this point and time that Paul uses him to teach a great lesson to the Jews. (4) His work on the Island of Crete. Sometime after Paul’s release from his first imprisonment he and Titus did some evangelistic work at Crete. Whether this was the first effort among these people we know not. We do know however, that on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, there were representatives from Crete and it is possible that some of the were converted during that time, and later returned to their homeland and established the work. Be that as it may, we see from Titus 1.5 that Paul had left him there to set things in order.

Purpose of Titus…

When Paul left Titus in Crete, his work was truly cut out for him. The task which was committed to him was a most difficult one. The immorality of the Cretans had reached such a low ebb that they were given over to greediness, licentiousness, lying, and drunkenness; they were a people who could be labeled as unsteady insincere, and factious.

Among such a people it was no easy task which Titus had to sustain when commissioned to carry forward that work which Paul had already started, and to set in order the affairs of the churches which had arisen there. The first thing Paul instructed him to do was to select men who qualified for the work of elders. This is so necessary to the growth of a congregation when there are men who meet the requirements for such an office. Titus was also urged to teach sound doctrine to all classes; the old as well as the young, taking heed meanwhile that he himself is a pattern of good works. To stimulate faith in God’s chosen people and to lead them on to a more complete knowledge of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life was of utmost importance [William A. Wilder, “The Living Message of Titus,” in The Living Messages of the Books of the New Testament, Edited by Garland Elkins and Thomas B. Warren, pp., 244-245].

For a PDF copy of the Study Guides on Titus, click below:

 

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Being LIKE God

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David Lemmons

WHEN are WE Most Like God? Could it be We Are Most Like God: AS SOON AS WE ARE BORN?

When are we most like God? Not sure that there is a definitive answer to this great question, but I would like to consider it briefly in this article. I suspect one correct answer would be as soon as we are born. At that particular point in our development and growth, we have not sinned. God and sin are not compatible! God can’t even be in the presence of sin according to Isaiah 59.1-2. Even though our Calvinist friends consider that little baby to have inherited Adam’s sin and that the baby has sinful blood running through the veins, they CANNOT sustain that presumptuous idea with book, chapter, and verse. Also, if this Calvinist position were true, how is it that Jesus could make the following statement: SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN AND FORBID THEM NOT, TO COME UNTO ME: FOR OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (Mt 19.14)? Obviously, Jesus does not consider little children to be mired in sin!

Could it be We Are Most Like God: WHEN FORGIVING SOMEONE?

When are we most like God? If we search for another point in time when I am most like God (not exactly, but most like), perhaps we would suggest: THE TIME WHEN I AM FORGIVING SOMEONE. Isn’t that a fairly obvious answer? Isn’t the entire Bible about forgiveness. Searching for a theme or purpose line for the Bible, it would be hard to beat the one I was taught at the Brown Trail Preacher Training School. I think the original source of this statement might have been Roy C. Deaver. The purpose line that runs throughout the Bible from Genesis 1.1 through Revelation 22.21 is: The glory of God and the salvation of man through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Yes, we serve a God who loves us and who wants every single one of us to be saved. He actually wants to forgive us of our many sins. Can we substantiate that claim? Yes, of course we can. Notice 2 Peter 3.9… The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Notice here that the inspired Apostle Peter wrote that God does NOT will that any of us should perish! The Apostle Paul wrote—1 Timothy 2.1-4… I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. Through the writing of the Apostle John we are informed that WHOSOEVER WILL can come and take of the water of life freely (Rev 22.17).

God is willing to forgive; God desires to forgive. How can we conclude anything except that from these three passages, and then added to them, statements that we find on just about any page to which we might casually open up our Bibles?

Matthew 18 is a great chapter about FORGIVENESS. It is the chapter where Peter asks the important question of Jesus: HOW OFT SHALL MY BROTHER SIN AGAINST ME, AND I FORGIVE HIM? TILL SEVEN TIMES? (Mt 18.21).

Does God REALLY CARE if I AM LIKE GOD–FORGIVING?

In the study guide for Matthew 18 which I sent to the website today, I have included a rather lengthy discussion about the question: Are we to extend this forgiveness without limit and condition as some claim? The answer to that question is NO, but I will let you read that discussion on your own (You can find it by clicking H-E-R-E). What Matthew 18 is chiefly concerned about is getting you and me to understand how very important it is for us to be working to develop a FORGIVING ATTITUDE. Does God really care all that much if we are  forgiving of others?

There is no way to read and study carefully Matthew 18 without coming up with a resounding YES as answer to that question. I would just challenge you to open up your Bible to Matthew 18 when you get home from the assembly and read these 35 verses.

After Jesus gave Peter an answer to his question (UNTIL SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN), He presented The PARABLE of the Unforgiving Servant (Mt 18.21-35) as a further magnification of that answer.

How crystal clear Jesus was as He presented this parable to His precious disciples! Do we think enough about forgiveness? Do we understand it well?

If we are lacking in our understanding of the importance and value of forgiving others, one great place to begin a study is Matthew 18.21-35.

As I was studying this great chapter this week in preparation for the radio program, I came to appreciate more fully a certain fact revealed in this parable about forgiveness. That is: what the REAL PROBLEM was that was plaguing the unforgiving servant. His real problem was that he lacked understanding of HOW VERY MUCH HE OWED. Burton Coffman, in his commentary on Matthew put it this way: “The fault of the unmerciful servant was his failure to realize the enormity and absolute hopelessness of his debt. His earnest promise to repay it showed that he did not have the slightest conception of how much he owed.”

In another reference I included in the study guide, there was an attempt to put into focus how great that debt owed by the unmerciful servant really was. If we put it in years of work it would take to repay the debt, one estimate has it as: 273,973 YEARS! In other words, Jesus was telling us we owe a debt that we cannot pay for being able to get forgiveness of our sins.

Let’s all think seriously about the matter of forgiveness. Isn’t it truly the case that when we are willing to forgive a brother or sister or a neighbor or friend, that this is the very time that we are MOST LIKE GOD?

–by David Lemmons

Fundamentals of Worship

by Stan Crowley

The sermon is “The Fundamentals of Worship” and emphasizes the way the Bible teaches that we should follow God’s instructions.

It draws a logical parallel between adding other kinds of food on the Lord’s Table to the two we read about in the New Testament (bread and fruit of the vine) and adding other kinds of music to the one kind we read about in the New Testament (singing).

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Ten Years of Golden Texts

Golden Texts

Ten years of “golden texts” are found in the 1950-1959 issues of Teacher’s Annual Lesson Commentary. I love these old volumes produced by the Gospel Advocate. A couple of years ago, I created a 112-page document in PDF format designed to help preachers and teachers to search those volumes for Bible texts that were written about in those books. Read about that project and download that PDF by clicking H-E-R-E.

One thing I wish I would have done at that time is to include the GOLDEN TEXTS. I have begun that project and have now completed the 1950s (10 volumes). There are 521 of these golden texts and most of them are clearly identified and usually use up half a page to a full page of writing. I have created a 27-page PDF file which lists those verses with the volume and page number. This will make if possible to use the FIND function on the PDF (control + F) to search the document and find out if a passage you are interested has been dealt with in one of these ten volumes.

To the best of my knowledge, the editors of the 1950 volumes were: Roy H. Lanier, Sr., and Leslie G. Thomas. If you know that is incorrect, please let me know.

Since I originally made the list in Evernote, I used a prefix on each scripture reference: btc (Bible text commentary). You need not use the btc in this PDF, but each reference will be preceded with btc.

Here are some particulars about searching for golden texts in this document…

  • No abbreviations are used (use the full name of each Bible book)
  • No spaces
  • No Roman Numerals
  • I know that each chapter in the Book of Psalms is a psalm, but the name of the book is still Psalms, so that is what I used for Psalms references
  • For the five one-chapter books, I do assign a chapter: e.g., btcObadiah1.15
  • I used no colons, but a period between chapters and verses

You can find this file by clicking H-E-R-E. btcGoldenTexts