The Gospel of Matthew, Part 5

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 5

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Fr. Chris offers the fifth class in the series on the Gospel of Matthew.

STUDY GUIDE

The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 3:7-12

The Baptism of Repentance

Preparation for Christian Ministry

John’s function is that of a herald of the coming kingdom- heralding in the wilderness of Judea.

The Messianic reign of God over Israel is at hand, yet Israel is not ready to receive the Messiah.

Matthew reveals John’s place in the divine plan with a citation from Isaiah the Profit. – Voice shouting in the wilderness “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His path (IS 40:3)

The struggle of the Jews of the day – they will not be saved just because they are Jewish.

John points away from himself and toward the one to come – Jesus Christ.

Messiah’s power differs from John’s as fire is different from water.  John’s baptism in water, but Messiah will baptize n the Holy Spirit and fire.

Baptism of Christ

This is the fifth class in a series. You can enjoy additional classes here.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 6

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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher lives in Brookline, MA and is the President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.