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Knowing more facts about Jesus isn't the chief goal of Matthew's Gospel. He rather would have his readers realize that the truth about who Jesus is means that he must be followed on his terms.
Leadership in the church is an important facet of New Testament ministry, as Christ himself gave instruction for his sheep to be fed.
Leaders in the local church must exhibit certain character qualifications both in and out of the home. This is Christ's design for the purpose of effective teaching of his Word.
The most important instructions gleaned from reading the three healing accounts in Matthew 8 are the manifestation of his inherent power and his uncompromised identity.
Out of the thousands of healings that Jesus performed, Matthew recorded just three particular instances in order to portray Jesus as the Christ, the Son of David, and the Son of Abraham. In this first part of consideration of these verses we consider the fact that these three miraculous events all give evidence to what true saving faith actually is.
Where does authority in the local church belong? Do elders have authority over the congregation, or should we think of them in some other way?