MATTHEW. With its emphasis on the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, Matthew’s Gospel forms a natural bridge between the Old and New Testaments. While it is directed toward Jewish readers, it has never been limited in its audience. From the visit of the Magi reported at the beginning of this Gospel to the words of the Great Commission at its conclusion, the larger sphere and interests of the Messiah are clear. Throughout Matthew’s Gospel we learn that Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah, come to redeem His people. LifeChange Series: Christians have a lifelong goal: to become like Christ. This involves change, and change isn’t always easy. But the more you know of God’s purposes for you, the more you can experience His joy and participate in His plan. The LifeChange Series of Bible studies on books of the Bible can help you grow in Christlikeness through a life-changing encounter with God’s Word. You’ll benefit in these important ways: 1) You’ll gain a firm understanding of the book-its historical context, purpose, structure, and meaning; 2) You’ll apply its powerful, relevant wisdom to needs and issues you are currently working through; and 3) You’ll acquire personal study skills and a thirst to return to the book on your own-so you can keep going deeper into its life-transforming truths.