The Gospel According to Matthew, or as it has been shortened to; Matthew, is a good choice to be the first book in the New Testament. Mark was probably written before Matthew but Matthew has that beautiful genealogy that links the Old Testaments with the New. It shows how God has been working and continues to work. The book is for the Jews as it shows how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament prophecy. It has details about Jesus’ life that none of the other gospels contain. Its style and vocabulary make it a great book for public reading and has been used in the church over the millennia more than any other.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.