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Matthew: All Authority in Heaven and on Earth (Preaching the Word) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Sean O'Donnell
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Book Description

Jesus is King. Standing as a central theme of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus’ kingly authority has profound implications for our lives today—changing the way we view the world, interact with others, and respond to blessings and hardships.

In this reader-friendly commentary, seasoned pastor Doug O’Donnell leads us through the first book of the New Testament, highlighting key themes and offering contemporary illustrations for preaching. Drawing on years of pastoral experience, O’Donnell helps us to see how Matthew’s various emphases—including Jesus’ messianic titles, fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, teaching on the kingdom of heaven, and present and future role as judge—all relate to Christ's kingship over all of creation.

Full of biblical insights aimed at both pastors and laypeople, this volume ultimately highlights Matthew’s call to all people to worship and obey Jesus, our humble King and gracious Savior. 



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“Even for the most seasoned of preachers, the thought of expositing the Gospel of Matthew could be overwhelming. Thanks to Doug O’Donnell’s newest commentary, chock-full of impressive insights and engaging wit, the first and perhaps greatest Gospel has suddenly become much less daunting. When Kent Hughes called on O’Donnell to write this volume, he knew exactly what he was doing.”
Nicholas Perrin, Dean, Wheaton College Graduate School

“This commentary grows out of wide reading and solid learning—the footnotes alone are a gold mine. O’Donnell writes with a zest for real life, wit, and (controlled) whimsy. The outcome: sermons that both revel in Christ and reveal Christ in fresh and striking ways. The author proves to be a hard-working and natural expositor of Scripture. This book goes to the top of my list of sterling homiletical commentaries on the first Gospel."
Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

“The market is full of critical commentaries, but not many actually deal with what is ‘critical’—the centrality of the gospel, the mission of the Church, and the life of the Christian. Doug O’Donnell’s commentary on Matthew is a clear exception. With sensitivity to all the important narrative and exegetical details, O’Donnell offers an interpretation of the first Gospel that is pastoral throughout, and in some instances, truly profound. Relevant illustrations are used in almost every passage, and numerous issues are addressed with theological vigor and often from the pastoral heritage of the Church. There are times when the critical commentaries are useful, even necessary, but I cannot imagine a pastor preaching through Matthew that would not want to use this commentary as a significant resource.”
Edward W. Klink III, Associate Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

About the Author

Douglas Sean O'Donnell (MAs, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Wheaton College) is senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. In addition to serving as an instructor for the Charles Simeon Trust, O’Donnell is a member of the North American Patristics Society, the U.S. Board of the Irish Bible Institute, the Center for Pastor Theologians, and the Evangelical Theological Society. He is the author of a number of books, including The Beginning and End of WisdomThe Song of Solomon and Matthew in the Preaching the Word commentary series, and Psalms in the Knowing the Bible series.

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.


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  • File Size: 2314 KB
  • Print Length: 1090 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1433503654
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (November 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GO9AJXY
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Commentary January 2, 2014
By parkerj
Format:Hardcover
The Preaching the Word commentary series, published by Crossway, has labeled itself as the commentary written by pastors for pastors, as well as for all who teach or study God's Word. I fall into the "teach or study God's Word" category and will review from this perspective. The commentary is very readable and anyone who is a student of God's Word will find it highly accessible, providing a clear exposition of the gospel according to Matthew. It could be a blessing if used in a devotional style (reading a section a day) or simply for reference during personal study. I read it as a devotional and was truly blessed.

The Preaching the Word commentary series is currently going through a revision and the copy that I am reviewing is the new revision. I am not familiar with the old so I cannot compare the two, but I will attempt to communicate the layout and look of this edition. Ascetically speaking the commentary is very simple, a white dust jacket with minimal design, but it looks nice and stands out on a shelf filled with mostly colorful commentaries. Once, inside the reader will find a table of contents, showing the titles for each chapter, as this is how the commentary is divided. One thing I did notice is the lack of thorough introduction to the book. Most commentaries will give an introduction to the book, providing the layout of the book, the authorship, a historical introduction, etc. This commentary does not provide that in a technical or historical sense, but rather gives a short introduction chapter to the book. I do not feel negatively about this format, I am only presenting it because if you are looking for a more technical commentary this is not for you.

This volume on Matthew is massive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Commentary!! May 26, 2014
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This commentary is wonderful for the layman or preacher/teacher. Sean O'Donnell brings a very insightful exegesis that moves toward application. O'Donnell's commentary is highly devotional and pastoral (I had to lay it aside and pray in repentance and thanksgiving more than once.) Christ is glorified in nearly every line of this commentary; I'd imagine Matthew, himself, would issue a resounding approval O'Donnell's work. This is a perfect commentary for anyone who is seeking (and wanting to spur others on to) a deeper relationship with Jesus and to develop a deeper understanding of the purpose of which Matthew wrote his Gospel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for lay teachers March 20, 2014
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Recommended for lay bible teachers as it provides helpful exegesis
and application. His illustrations come out of his pastoral ministry &
so are practical to daily life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 26, 2014
By Navin
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Great commentary for Preachers and teachers of the word of God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and fresh insight for my needs September 10, 2014
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A wonderful and fresh insight for my needs, a practical exposition for teaching and or personal devotion very happy with whole series.
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Doug O'Donnell, a native of Chicago, now serves as a Senior Lecturer at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of God's Lyrics, The Beginning and End of Wisdom, Psalms (Knowing the Bible), and commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew, the Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, 1-3 John (forthcoming), and Job (forthcoming). He lives in Dutton Park with his wife, Emily, and their four children.

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