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The Gospel of Matthew

The Upside Down Kingdom

Matthew Recap

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • March 11, 2018 • Bert Alcorn

Jesus is the culmination and fulfillment of God’s promises and history with the world. Jesus brings God’s heavenly kingdom to earth and invites his disciples into a new way of life through his death and resurrection. Now, we must ask, what does it mean to live in his kingdom? Key Texts: Matthew 1:22; Matthew 5:1-2; Matthew 7:24, 28–29; Matthew 4:17; Matthew 4:23-35; Matthew 12:14; Matthew 28:18; Isaiah 10:33-11:10; Matthew 1:23; Matthew 28:20; Genesis 3:8; Exodus 25:8; 29:45-46; Leviticus 26:11-12; Revelation 21:1-4

Matthew 28:16-20 | Jesus Sends

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • March 11, 2018 • Bert Alcorn

Jesus’ great commission is a culmination of his ministry with the disciples and an invitation to them and to future generations of the church to engage in the work of God’s Kingdom invading the domain of darkness to rescue people into salvation. Key Texts: Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 4:17; Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 10:9-15; Mark 16:14-15; John 20:21

Matthew 28:1-15 | Jesus Lives

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • March 4, 2018 • Bert Alcorn

The empty tomb and the risen Jesus is the basis of our faith. Matthew 28:1–15; Matthew 16:21, 17:22-23, 20:17-19; 1 Corinthians 15:14-19; Matthew 27:62-66; Matthew 12:38-40; John 2:19-22; Genesis 3:14-15; Mark 1:24; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8; 1 Corinthians 15:24; Colossian 2:15; Romans 1:1-4; Romans 4:24-25; 1 Corinthians 15:15-17

Matthew 27:11-66 | Jesus Dies

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • February 25, 2018 • Bert Alcorn

Our hard hearts and brokenness brought Jesus to humanity and sent Jesus to the cross. It is from that sacrifice that we find our new life, our new identity and our new purpose. Matthew 27:11-66; Matthew 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Matthew 20:28; Galatians 2:20; Jeremiah 31:31-34

Matthew 26:47-27:10 | The word became flesh and dwelt among us… and experienced our worst

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • February 18, 2018 • Bert Alcorn

Jesus took our place so we can do what the religious leaders of his time failed to do: see Jesus for who he is and arrange our lives accordingly. Jesus, who knew no sin, was betrayed, arrested, sentenced and sent to the cross for our sake, that we might become the righteousness of God. Matthew 26:47-27:10; Matthew 20:13, 22:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21

Matthew 26:30-46 | Picture Jesus, In the Garden

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • February 11, 2018 • Kevin Bailey

The garden of Gethsemane is a key moment for us to see Jesus as “sent” for a purpose and simultaneously that he is a man who struggles with the weight of obedience. When we struggle with the weight of obedience we should look at the garden and see the importance of Jesus’ battle with obedience.

Matthew 26:17-29 | Your Destiny

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • February 4, 2018 • Steve Scherer

Jesus institutes the idea of remembrance into the church, what does it mean for us to remember his finished work as we continue on as the “body of Christ”

Matthew 26:1-16 | The Beginning of the End

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • January 28, 2018 • Bert Alcorn

It’s not about how much we can give to Jesus. This is about recognizing all that Jesus has done, and either (1) worshipping an living in response (the woman) or (2) rejecting him (the religious leaders and Judas). Key Texts: Matthew 26:1-16; Luke 10:38-42; Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28; Colossians 1:15-22

Matthew 25:31-46 | Your Life Matters

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • January 14, 2018 • Bert Alcorn

Big Idea: Jesus is preparing his disciples for his absence and ultimately posing the question: Did we hear the words of Jesus and obey them? There is a day of judgment when our faith and works will be presented before the King and Jesus will examine our lives and their fruit and set us in eternity or in Hell. Your life matters. Jesus wants you to live today as one who extends the Kingdom of God into this world. Key Texts: Matthew 25:31-46; Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 19:11-16; Ezekiel 34:11-17; Philippians 2:12-13; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 5:3-16

Matthew 25:1-30 | Faithful 'Til The End

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • January 7, 2018 • Bert Alcorn

Big Idea: Being a faithful servant in all that God has entrusted us with as we eagerly await the return of Christ. We can be faithful servants, eagerly and excitedly awaiting our king, confident of the goodness and grace of our master, because of the price Jesus paid. Key Texts: Matthew 25:1-30; James 4:13–16; Matthew 24:37-39; Matthew 24:42, 44; 1 John 2:15-17; 1 Peter 3:13

Matthew 24:29-51 | So, When Is This All Happening?

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • December 31, 2017 • Matt Larson

Please watch the video from Anthem Thousand Oaks to stay up to date with our journey through Matthew. Jesus gave us specific instructions about how we should be living in this season. He wants us to be awake, alert, ready, faithful, obedient, and diligent. It is a good and acceptable challenge for us to be all the more diligent when we hear passages like this that teach us to press into faithfulness while we wait for Jesus.

Matthew 23:34-24:35 | What's Next?

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • December 17, 2017 • Matt Larson

Due to the Thomas Fires, Bert taught through a unique message on unshakable hope. Please watch the video from Anthem Thousand Oaks to stay up to date with our journey through Matthew. Jesus is starting to focus and teach about what's next. How does divine judgment play out on the nation of Israel? How does God close the book on one covenant while opening up the new covenant relationship? Note: the teaching begins with a commissioning of Josh and Courtney Lewis as they head out to San Diego for a time of preparation before moving to Denver to start Anthem Denver in the fall.

Matthew 23:13-33 | Seven Woes

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • December 10, 2017 • Matt Larson

If Jesus were looking at us, our church, and our culture what are the things that he would identify as missing? Due to the Thomas Fires, Anthem Ventura did not meet for a Sunday Gathering on Dec 10. Please watch the video from Anthem Thousand Oaks to stay up to date.

Matthew 23:1-13 | Missing The Point

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • December 3, 2017 • Kevin Bailey

The Pharisees and Scribes missed the point of being leaders who hear and do Gods word. Let that not be our story. Key Texts: Matthew 23:1-12; James 1:22, Matt 23:1-12, Matt 11:28-29, Romans 8:15, Phil 2:1-11, 1 John 2:15-16

Matthew 22:15-46 | 3 Controversies and a Question from Jesus

Gospel of Matthew: The Upside Down Kingdom • November 26, 2017 • Matt Larson

Jesus is presented with a series of questions from the Pharisees that are designed to trap him between the people of Jerusalem and the Roman government. After perfect responses from Jesus, we're left with the big question we must ask ourselves, "what do I believe about Jesus?" Due to a technical difficulty, there is no recording from our Sunday gathering on Nov. 19. Please enjoy the audio and video from Anthem Thousand Oaks.

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