Sunday, February 5, 2017

February Project: Matthew 1-9

This Gospel was written by a man for men about the Man. Matthew wants all people everywhere to bow down before that Man, the one to whom all authority in Heaven and on earth has been given. He wants Gentiles and Jews to submit to their King, trusting Jesus to be Savior from sins and Lord of life. He wants us to know Jesus, worship him, obey his teachings, and tell others to do the same. ~ Douglas Sean O'Donnell
I will say that if you understand the Great Commission in its context, you will very well understand the Gospel of Matthew. ~ Douglas Sean O'Donnell
So listen to the first note of this Gospel—all authority. After his sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (28:18). That is not a statement you hear every day, is it? Yet, it is so familiar to us that we don’t recognize how bizarre it is. ~ Douglas Sean O'Donnell
Christianity is not a pick-n-save religion: you pick whatever teachings you like and you still get saved. Oh no! If that’s how you think, you have it all wrong. Just listen to Jesus if you won’t listen to me. He stated it straightforwardly: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (7:21). ~ Douglas Sean O'Donnell
Week 1, February 1-4:

  1. MEV
  2. HCSB
  3. CEB
  4. NIV
  5. KJ21
  6. Living
Week 2, February 5-11

  1. NLT
  2. Tyndale
  3. NKJV
  4. NASB
  5. 1599 Geneva
  6. NIV-84
  7. Today's English Version
Week 3, February 12-18

  1. KJV
  2. Wycliffe
  3. J.B. Phillips
  4. Living
  5. NIV-84
  6. KJ21
  7. NLT
  8. NRSV
Week 4, February 19-25

  1. KJ21
  2. ASV
  3. NASB
  4. NEB
  5. REB
  6. RSV

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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