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Matthew: The Gospel of Identity (Biblical Imagination Series)

Paperback|Jun 2013
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"You are the salt of the earth . . . You are the light of the world." Matthew 5:13-14 "I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church." Matthew 16:18 The...

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"You are the salt of the earth . . . You are the light of the world." Matthew 5:13-14 "I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church." Matthew 16:18 The world tries to define us in different ways. We try to define ourselves one way or another. But who are we really? How does God define us? The Gospel of Matthew was written to a group of Christians who didn’t yet know who they were. They were faithful Jews in the synagogue community in Galilee who had found the Messiah. Jesus had changed everything. But how should they think of themselves now, as Jewish or Christian? What did it all mean? Matthew writes his Gospel to help his readers define their new identity as followers of Jesus the Messiah. Michael Card unpacks how Matthew’s emphasis on fulfillment confirms their Jewish connection to the Torah, while his focus on the kingdom helps them understand their new identities in Christ. Matthew presents this process of redefinition as an exercise of the imagination, in which Jesus reshapes who we are in light of who he is. Come alongside Matthew in this pilgrimage, and discover how your new identity in Christ fulfills all that you are meant to be.


Michael Card

Michael Card is an award-winning musician, performing artist and writer of "El Shaddai," "Immanuel" and many other songs. He has produced over 21 albums. He has also written numerous books, including A Fragile StoneThe Emotional Life of Simon Peter; Scribbling in the Sand: Christ and Creativity; A Violent Grace; The Parable of Joy and Sleep Sound in Jesus (a children's book).
A graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's and master's degrees in biblical studies, Card is currently at work on a Ph.D. in classical literature. He also serves as mentor to many younger artists and musicians, teaching courses on the creative process and calling the Christian recording industry into deeper discipleship. Card lives in Tennessee with his wife and four children.
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Matthew: The Penultimate Question CD
  • Preface
  • Learning To Listen To Matthew
  • Major Themes
  • Jesus As Fulfillment
  • The Crisis In Galilee
  • The Gospel Of Identity
  • Matthew 1
  • The Messiah’s Pedigree
  • A Dream Come True
  • Matthew 2
  • The World’s Wisdom Bows Down
  • The Escape
  • Matthew 3
  • The Voice Of One In The Wilderness
  • The Perfect Words Of The Father
  • Matthew 4
  • The Temptation In The Wilderness
  • Preaching In Galilee
  • The First Disciples, The First Mission
  • Matthew 5
  • Jesus’ Nine Benedictions
  • Jesus Tell Us Who We Are
  • An Unexpected Fulfillment
  • A New Righteousness
  • Matthew 6
  • A Secret Righteousnes
  • True Treasure
  • How To Be Worry Free
  • Matthew 7
  • Do Not Judge
  • Do Not Give Up Asking
  • Sermon Summary
  • Matthew 8
  • The Disobedient Leper
  • The Confident Centurion
  • The One Who Carries Our Illness
  • The Homeless Son Of Man
  • Two Demonic Confrontations
  • Matthew 9
  • Winning Praise For God
  • The Calling Of Matthew
  • Old Orthodoxy/new Reality
  • Power Over Disease And Death
  • One Request He Will Never Deny
  • Final Synagogue Tour
  • Matthew 10
  • Appointing The Twelve
  • Instructions To The Twelve
  • Matthew 11
  • Jesus' Failure To Meet Expectations
  • Capernaum And Sodom
  • The Painful Joy Of Jesus
  • Matthew 12
  • The Identity Of Jesus
  • Lord Of The Sabbath
  • The Fearless Healer
  • God’s Gentle Servant
  • The Son Of Davi
  • Greater Than Jonah And Solomon
  • A New Family Of Faith
  • Matthew 13
  • The Parable Of The Soils
  • The Parable Of The Weeds
  • The Parable Of The Mustard Seed And The Yeast
  • Three Parables Unique To Matthew
  • The End Of The Synagogue Ministry
  • Matthew 14
  • The Ludicrous Death Of John
  • The Miracle Of Perfect Provision
  • Their First Time To Worship
  • Matthew 15
  • Jesus Attacks The Oral Law
  • Bread For The Puppies
  • A Miracle Of Abundance
  • Matthew 16
  • Engaging The Pharisees
  • The "yeast Of The Pharisees"
  • Peter’s Confession And Blessing
  • Peter’s Rebuke And Cursing
  • Matthew 17
  • The Transfiguration
  • "have Mercy"
  • An Un-miraculous Miracle
  • Matthew 18
  • Who Is The Greatest?
  • The Lonely Lost Sheep
  • The Process Of Forgiving Your Brother
  • A Willingness To Forgive Little
  • Matthew 19
  • Divorce And The Little Children
  • A Flawed Question
  • Matthew 20
  • The Eccentric Employer/a Parable Of Hese
  • The Third Announcement Of Suffering
  • A Request To Be First
  • Two Blind Men
  • Matthew 21
  • The "triumphal" Entry
  • A Prophet Is In The Temple
  • A Lesson From The Leaves
  • Questions Of Authority
  • Two "worker" Parables
  • Matthew 22
  • The Wedding Feast
  • Three Controversy Stories
  • Jesus’ Coup De Gras
  • Matthew 23
  • Seven Woes
  • One Lament
  • Matthew 24
  • Two Questions/two Answers
  • A Parable About Not Knowing
  • Matthew 25
  • Three Parables Of Confusion
  • Matthew 26
  • The Plot Begin
  • The Anointing
  • The Deal Is Closed
  • The Last Supper
  • The Garden
  • The Arrest
  • Before Caiaphas
  • Redemptive Tears
  • Matthew 27
  • The Sickness Unto Death
  • Before Pilate
  • A Vegetative Crow
  • Jesus Crucified
  • Jesus "dismisses" His Spirit
  • A Rich Man’s Tomb
  • "make The Tomb Secure"
  • Matthew 28
  • The Resurrection
  • The Bribe
  • Jesus Meets Them Back Home
  • Appendices
  • Resources