5 of 5 stars *****
The Explore the Bible series of adult personal study guides by LifeWay is an excellent Bible study that is enriched every Sunday in a classroom atmosphere known as a Life Group. This edition, Matthew 1-13, includes a bonus article at the end of the 13 chapters studied over 13 weeks. That article is a current testimony by Grammy Award-winning artist, Lecrae, who confesses a decision he makes in his youth that haunts him until he stops suppressing the Spirit with alcohol and drugs. His prideful ego keeps him from obeying his conscience which knows right from wrong. Since admitting his sinful ways publicly, he is now a happy man with a family, closer to God.
Matthew 1-13 is the gospel that shows how Jesus teaches in parables. Matthew, once a tax collector, stops serving the earthly king to serve the King of kings. He presents Jesus as the one the Old Testament prophesies.
The study includes Christ's baptism, His temptation in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, miracles in public to show His divinity, and His public teaching; the Sermon on the Mount, in particular. This reader, the class, and the teacher of this Life Group, learn more about the Beatitudes and their application than we ever have.
This edition also provides social media sites for Explore the Bible so each study is available on Twitter, Facebook, and a blog to which one may subscribe.