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This 14-volume KJV set draws from over 40 classic commentaries, references, and Greek sources to help you enhance your New Testament sermons, preach with greater power, study more efficiently, and equip others in the ministry. It comes in 3-ring loose-leaf binders that make it easy to remove individual pages for preaching and teaching with ample space for storing your own personal notes. Here the Bible is outlined verse by verse and subject by subject. Also included is extensive, practical commentary. In addition, related verses are already written out, and every subject is indexed for easy reference.

The authors, from the very beginning, felt God would have them remain anonymous. The writers and editorial team are graduates of Trinity College, Wheaton College, Southwestern Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton Graduate School, Columbia Bible College, and Columbia Bible Seminary. All of the Bible Outline materials are presented from a centrist position with no one denomination's doctrine or interpretation.

The Greek Sources: Expositor's Greek Testament (Nicoll), Word Pictures in the New Testament (Robertson), Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament (Thayer), Word Studies in the New Testament (Vincent), Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words (Vine), Word Studies in the Greek New Testament (Wuest).

The Reference Works: Cruden's Complete Concordance of the Old & New Testament, Josephus' Complete Works; All the Men, Women, Miracles, and Parables of the Bible (Lockyer), Nave's Topical Bible, The Amplified New Testament, The Four Translation New Testament, The New Compact Bible Dictionary, The New Thompson Chain Reference Bible.

The Commentaries: Daily Study Bible Series (Barclay), The Epistle to the Ephesians (Bruce), The Epistle to the Hebrews (Bruce), The Epistles of John (Bruce), Expository Sermons on Revelation (Criswell), The Epistles of John (Greene), The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews (Greene), The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Timothy & Titus (Greene), The Revelation Verse by Verse Study (Greene), Commentary on the Whole Bible (Henry), Exposition on Romans & on Corinthians (Hodge), A Commentary on the Revelation of John (Ladd), Exposition of Daniel (Leupold), The Gospel According to John (Morris), Hebrews Verse by Verse (Newell), Devotional Studies in Galations & Ephesians (Strauss), Devotional Studies in Philippians (Strauss), James Your Brother (Strass), The Book of Revelation (Strauss), The NT & Wycliffe Bible Commentary, The Pulpit Commentary (Spence, Exell), Hebrews: A Devotional Commentary (Thomas), Outline Studies in the Acts of the Apostles (Thomas), St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans (Thomas), Studies in Colossians & Philemon (Thomas), Tyndale NT Commentaries, Acts of the Apostles (Walker), The Thessalonian Epistles (Walvoord).
     


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The Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

INTRODUCTION

AUTHOR: Matthew. The Bible in no place says that Matthew is the author; however, the evidence for authorship is strong.

1. Early writers have always credited the Gospel to Matthew. William Barclay quotes one of the earliest historians, a man named Papias (A.D. 100), as saying, “Matthew collected the sayings of Jesus in the Hebrew tongue" (The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1. “The Daily Study Bible.” Philadelphia, PA: The Westminster Press, 1956, p.xxi). Irenaeus (about A.D. 175), the saintly bishop of Lyons, wrote: “Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect, while Peter and Paul were preaching at Rome and laying the foundations of the church” (lrenaeus, Against Heresies, 3.1.1).

2. Matthew was qualified to write the Gospel. He had been a tax collector which means that he was involved in large business transactions. A study of the Gospel shows that the author had an interest in figures, large numbers (Mt. 18:24; 28:12), and statistics (Mt. 1:17). The detailed messages of Jesus point to a man experienced with shorthand which he had apparently used in business transactions. Very little is given in the Scripture about Matthew.

a. He was one of the twelve apostles (Mk.2: 14).

b. He left all to follow Christ (Lk.5:27-28).

c. He introduced his friends to Christ by inviting them
to a feast which he gave in honor of Christ (Lk.5:29).


DATE: Uncertain. A.D. 50-70. It was written some years after Jesus’ ascension, but before A.D. 70.

1. The fall of Jerusalem, A.D. 70, is prophetic (Mt.24: 1f).

2. The statements such as “unto this day” (Mt.27:8) and “until this day” (Mt.28: 15) suggest a date sometime after Jesus’ ascension, but not too far in the distant future.

3. The scattering of the Jerusalem Church due to persecution (Acts 8:4) suggests a date sometime after ascension. A Gospel would not have been necessary so long as the church and apostles were together.

4. The quote by Irenaeus points to Matthew writing during Nero’s reign, “while Paul and Peter were in Rome.”

TO WHOM WRITTEN: The Gospel was written originally to the Jews. However, it breathes message for all, a message proclaiming the Messianic hope of the world for the Great Deliverer.

PURPOSE: To show that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior and King prophesied by the Hebrew prophets. Matthew is a strong book, a book written to force belief in Jesus. Matthew sets out to prove that all the prophecies of the O.T. are fulfilled in Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth. It has one recurring theme: “All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, saying....” This is repeated approximately sixteen times, and there are ninety-three O.T. quotations.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. Matthew is The Ecclesiastical Gospel. Down through the centuries, Matthew has been widely used by the church. Its material is arranged primarily by subjects, not by a strict chronological sequence. It is somewhat a topical arrangement of the ministry and teachings of Jesus. As such, it has been extremely useful to the church: as an apology to defend the faith, as a handbook of instructions for new believers, and as a book of worship to read in church services.

2. Matthew is The Teaching Gospel. Much of Jesus’ teaching is arranged so that it can be easily taught and easily lived. This material is clearly seen in five sections.

a. The Sermon on the Mount (Mt.5-7).
b. The Messiah’s messengers and their mission (Mt.9-10:42).
c. The Messiah’s parables (Mt.13).
d. The Messiah’s disciples and their behavior toward one another (Mt. 18).
e. The Messiah’s prophecy of His return and the end of
time: the great Olivet discourse (Mt.24-25).


3. Matthew is The Royal Gospel or The Kingdom Gospel. The heart of Matthew’s Gospel is that Jesus King. Jesus is the Son of David, the greatest of Israel’s kings. He is the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies that foretold the coming of a King like unto David.

a. His genealogy shows Him to be David’s son by birth (Mt.1:1-17).
b. He was called the King of David time and time again (Mt.2:2; 9:27; 15:22;
20:30; 21:9, 15; 22:42).
c. He personally claimed the power of a king by over-riding
the law: “I say unto you....” (Mt.5:21, 27, 34, 38, 43).
d. He dramatically showed Himself to be King by His
triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Mt.2-11)).
e. He deliberately accepted the title of King before Pilate (Mt.27:11).
f. His cross bore the title, “King of the Jews” (Mt.27:11).
g. He claimed the supreme power of the King of Kings, “All power is given
unto me” (Mt.28:18).
h. The word “Kingdom” is used fifty times and “Kingdom of Heaven”
thirty-two times.


4. Matthew is The Apocalyptic Gospel. Among the Gospels, it has the most comprehensive account of the Lord’s return and of the end time (Mt.24-25).

5. Matthew is The Gospel of the Church. It is the only Synoptic Gospel that mentions the church (Mt.16:13-23;18:17; cp. Mk.8:27-33; Lk.9:18-22).

6. Matthew is The Gospel of the Jew. Matthew never failed to show that Jesus fulfills O.T. prophecy. He makes more than one hundred allusions or quotations from the O.T. He is determined to compel the Jew to believe that Jesus is the Messiah.