March 11: Jesus Christ, Son of Abraham: Matthew 1:1-17
Sermon Introduction: Matthew begins his gospel in a somewhat unique fashion with a genealogy – not introducing Christ as someone new but as the long awaited Messiah, the promised of God, come to establish God’s kingdom on earth. Over the next couple months we’re going to be discovering who Jesus is, why he came, and how he served us as we journey from his birth all the way to the beginning of his public ministry. In the process, we learn the most basic definition of Christianity, a person whose identity is rooted in the person of Christ. As you prepare your heart for these passages, pray that you would both grow in appreciation of Christ and comprehend what it means to walk in the manner in which he walked.
Loving God's Glory
Acknowledging that Jesus as the Son of David is king over all the world (cf. Hebrews 1:2; 2:8), how are you valuing his kingdom and submitting to his kingship?
What do we learn about God from the fact that this list of Christ’s lineage contains Bible characters of various reputations, both good and bad?
What do genealogies like this one reveal to us about the certainty of God's divine purposes?
Loving God's People
How do you see in this genealogy a picture of God's faithfulness to his people? How can you encourage another Christian with what you learn of God in this list?
Loving God's World
Jesus is the Son through whom the promised blessing for the nations will come. How is this reflected in Matthew 28:18-20, and how are we called to participate in the promised blessing through missional living?