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“You are the salt of the earth . . . You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:13-14
“I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church.” Matthew 16:18
The world tries to define us in different ways. We try to define ourselves one way or another. But who are we really? How does God define us?
The Gospel of Matthew was written to a group of Christians who didn?t yet know who they were. They were faithful Jews in the synagogue community in Galilee who had found the Messiah. Jesus had changed everything. But how should they think of themselves now, as Jewish or Christian? What did it all mean?
Matthew writes his Gospel to help his readers define their new identity as followers of Jesus the Messiah. Michael Card unpacks how Matthew?s emphasis on fulfillment confirms their Jewish connection to the Torah, while his focus on the kingdom helps them understand their new identities in Christ. Matthew presents this process of redefinition as an exercise of the imagination, in which Jesus reshapes who we are in light of who he is.
Come alongside Matthew in this pilgrimage, and discover how your new identity in Christ fulfills all that you are meant to be.
“His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about Him.” Luke 2:33
“Everyone was amazed at all the things He was doing.” Luke 9:43
“He went home, amazed at what had happened.” Luke 24:12
From start to finish, the book of Luke is filled with amazement. Throughout the life and ministry of Jesus, those who met him were astonished by their encounter, from the shepherds at the nativity to the disciples at the empty tomb.
With careful attention to detail, Michael Card embarks on an imaginative journey through the Gospel of Luke. He introduces us to Luke the historian and imagines his life as a Gentile, a doctor and a slave. Card explores Lukes compelling account of this dynamic rabbi who astounded his hearers with parables and paradoxes. What might Luke have experienced as he interviewed eyewitnesses of Jesus? What leads Luke to focus on the marginalized and the unlikely? Why does Luke include certain details that the other Gospel writers omit? Join Michael Card in the work of opening heart and mind to the “Gospel of Amazement.”