The subjects and the study leaders for the main
studies are to be:
"The Generation of Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham"
Bro. Mark Evans
“Do we give enough time to genealogies in the scriptures? Perhaps we skip
over them when they form part of our daily readings. But "ALL scripture is given
by inspiration of God....that the man of God might be perfect, throughly
furnished unto all good works". God willing, we are going to consider some
genealogies in our first sessions, mainly using Matthew chapter 1 as the basis
for our remarks. Here we find the most important genealogy in the Bible for it
gives the royal lineage of our coming King, The Lord Jesus Christ.
But the first 17 verses pose some interesting problems. e.g. Why are 42
generations split into 3 sets of 14? And since there are 42 generations, why are
there only 41 names given? Why the unusual inclusion of women? Moreover, why
include women who appear to be of dubious backgrounds? And why have a genealogy
of Christ through Joseph at all-when Joseph was not the father of our Master?
I hope that these and other considerations will stimulate our interest
and encourage us to give more time and diligence to those genealogies which we
won't have time to cover during our week together but which, nevertheless, have
been left on record for our learning.”
Jonathan - Faithful Friend and Loyal Son
Bro. Reuben Evans
“As the firstborn son of King Saul, Jonathan should, by rights, have been
the next king of Israel. We know well enough his character to realise he would
have been a marvellous leader over God’s people. And yet it was not to be.
Our studies will, God willing, show us the uncomplaining way he accepted
the apparent injustice of losing his future throne and instead embraced,
educated and engaged the one who was to take his place.
We will explore his faithful friendship with David, his loyalty to his
father and above all his love of Yahweh. We will see how Jonathan stood in the
midst of one of the most complicated love triangles in scripture! And yet how he
balanced these relationships skilfully and wisely in all he said and did.
Our simple aim over our five studies is to travel through his life as
it’s presented and to ensure that we leave our school understanding why David
loved this man, and how fortunate Israel were to have Jonathan supporting his
errant father behind the scenes.
By God’s grace, I pray we will enjoy taking some practical lessons from
the greatest king Israel never had.”
Matthew - Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven
Bro. Adam Pavett
“Can anything be more exciting than the kingdom of heaven, whose physical
and moral splendour is shortly to be revealed upon this earth? The focus of this
kingdom surely must capture the minds and hearts of all those that truly believe
in its glorious establishment on this earth. It is the time when none other than
the King of Heaven (Dan 4:37) will be manifested through the King of kings (2
Tim 6:15, Rev 17:14) and his redeemed saints reigning on the earth (Rev 5:9-10).
The gospel record of Matthew will be the focus for our studies this week,
where we read on three occasions "the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt 3:2,
4:17, 10:7). The kingdom of heaven is not to be imagined as a distant obscure
dream, but a reality to be lived at this present time. The principles on which
this kingdom is to be established, form the basis of the characters and actions
of those future rulers of the world, today. Our study in this gospel will reveal
what is the mystery of the kingdom of heaven, and how it converts each one of us
into children, that we may enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt 18:3) and shine
forth in the kingdom of our Father (Matt 13:43). Our studies therefore are aimed
to prepare us today, as we look at the unique way the kingdom of heaven is
revealed in the gospel of Matthew.
“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the
whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose
kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him”