In cased you missed it, Braden Greer took a minute this past Sunday to describe the preaching plans for the foreseeable future. Here’s what he shared (note his recommendation that we all set aside time to read Malachi this week):
This past Sunday Mark Mitchell wrapped up our How Church Works series with a message on Deacons. The Sunday after Easter, we will begin a one-and-a-half to two-year series on the Gospel of Matthew. But for the two Sundays prior to Easter, we are going to whet our appetite for the coming of the Messiah in Matthew by briefly examining the book of Malachi.
Malachi is the last book canonically in our Old Testament—meaning it’s the last in the order of the Old Testament books—but it is likely the last book chronologically as well. Malachi anticipates the coming of another prophet like Elijah and a greater realization of God’s promises.
But then after Malachi there was a 400+ year silence. There were no prophets. There was no Scripture written down for the people of God. Had God forgotten his people? Was he going to be faithful to his covenant promises?
Studying Malachi will help us place ourselves with the people of God as they waited for God’s vindication of his great name.
And then after an Easter Sunday message on the resurrection, we will celebrate the awaited Messiah as proclaimed in the book of Matthew.
We did a brief study of Luke in 2006 and a study in Mark in early 2000, so it’s been awhile since we’ve studied a gospel in depth together. One of the great themes in Matthew is that Jesus is the Christ—the promised Messiah who fulfills all of the Old Testament promises and ushers in the Kingdom of God as God’s own unique Son. This is why we are studying Malachi first and then Matthew—to behold God’s unique Son who fulfills all righteousness through his life, teaching, healing, and through his death and resurrection.
Please set aside time to read the book of Malachi this week in preparation for our study together. It’s only four chapters, but I believe it will deepen our experience of Christ through his Word together.