Matthew’s gospel addresses the concerns of an increasingly diverse early Christian community, which needed empowerment to withstand spiritual opponents pressuring them to conform to the surrounding dominant cultures. According to some authors, Matthew wrote his Gospel to his church and others facing similar concerns. He wrote to Jews and Gentiles who were, in part, introduced to Christ by the disciples Christ spoke to in Matthew 28. Matthew wrote to believers immersed in a counterculture within the dominant Roman culture, presenting Christ as honorable. Matthew presented Christ redefining standards of purity and holiness – focusing attention away from external issues to internal issue of the heart. Matthew depicted Christ as comfortable with a diverse audience, remaining uninfluenced by the dominant cultural norms, while living a life of an honorable person.
This article addresses the backdrop of Christ’s strategic plan presented through the eyes and pen of Matthew. From this culturally analyzed history and from the scripturally revealed plan, the paper will infer Christ’s design. Applying Christ’s design and plan to the modern Christian organization, including congregations, the paper will engage the implications and promise for today.
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