Understanding the Times: Living in the Light of the Arrival of the King

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How should churches and individual Christians react to the increasingly secular and amoral world in which we live? Through a study of three key chapters in Matthew's Gospel (chapters 8-10), Taylor argues that Matthew wanted his readers to understand God's perspective on the times in which we live. Through an analysis of the way in which Matthew presents the miracles Jesus performed and the teaching he gave his disciples, Taylor concludes that we do not live in a day which calls for judgment and condemnation, but ...
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How should churches and individual Christians react to the increasingly secular and amoral world in which we live? Through a study of three key chapters in Matthew's Gospel (chapters 8-10), Taylor argues that Matthew wanted his readers to understand God's perspective on the times in which we live. Through an analysis of the way in which Matthew presents the miracles Jesus performed and the teaching he gave his disciples, Taylor concludes that we do not live in a day which calls for judgment and condemnation, but rather one demanding gut-wrenching compassion for sinners and a bold proclamation of the forgiveness of sins Jesus came to bring. The arrival of King Jesus inaugurated the era of his kingdom rule, a foretaste of the world to come, but we still live in a fallen world, which will inevitably be in conflict with his kingdom people. Taylor draws out the lessons Matthew was teaching about the terms and conditions of discipleship and the family ties of kingdom living. Above all, the urgent need for persevering and intense prayer is emphasised.This book contains questions for further study at the end of each chapter, making it useful for both individual and group study. There are also helpful comments for those wishing to preach on these chapters.
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It is a very wonderful expostion of Matt. 8 ff, with illumination, instruction and rich reward in every paragraph. To me it is exactly what a Bible commentary ought to be. In one of his 'preachers' notes he lamented the standard turgid (my word, not his) stuff detailing specialist (and uniformly unhelpful) theorising, and in another he urges the necessity to 'seek the logic' - i.e. discern the mind of the Holy Spirit. To me this is what commentating is 'all about'. ~ Alec Motyer (Well known Bible expositor and commentary writer)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781845504380
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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William Taylor is the minister of St. Helen's Bishopsgate, London. Previously he was an officer in the Royal Green Jackets.
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    Understanding the Times is an exegetical commentary and study to

    Understanding the Times is an exegetical commentary and study tool, based on Matthew 8 - 10. Precisely choosing the chapters immediately following the "Sermon the Mount", the author chose a text for six chapters that teach about the coming of Jesus present and coming Kingdom and how Jesus expects people to react to it. The two sections of this short work, the Arrival of the King and Understanding the Times, are meant to take the discourses of Christ in 1st century Galilee and move the reader and listener to do something with them now in the midst of today's crises and concerns, even on individual levels.




    Taylor, the pastor of St. Helen's Bishopgate in London, and former Royal Army officer, wants his readers here to see that Jesus calls for people to proclaim his word and to offer 'gut wrenching' compassion to the watching world. So he does apply an approach where word and deed work together, driven by words spoken, but complementary to one another. This book is reworked sermons on the text, but it works well here, because the sermons themselves were exegetical and not so specifically topical to a particular congregation, that the general reader should feel out of place.




    The writing is pastoral here, which means it is at times gentle and at times jarring, with real expectations asked, appropriately so, I think. The study questions at the end of each chapter are certainly thought provoking and should turn an individual or group to consider the text that Taylor is teaching on, seriously and with hope for long lasting 'spiritual food', beyond the discussion of the material itself.




    As a tool for study, this is an ideal work, because the text is calling the reader to bring the content up to present day and have the Biblical text work on them in ways that they may not foresee. It is highly recommended.

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