Matthew gives us one of the earliest records of the teaching of Jesus. His gospel is famous not only for his use of the Old Testament, but also for recording 5 sermons of Jesus, including the Sermon on the Mount. Placed first in the New Testament, Matthew’s gospel provides the necessary continuity between the Old and New Testament.
Matthew wrote this book to tell us who Jesus is and what that means for us — something we all want to know.
Resources: Background, Outlines, Maps, Key Words
- NASB Gospel of Matthew Study Text
- ESV Gospel of Matthew Study Text
- Spotify Playlist
- Listen Notes Podcast Playlist
Jump to: Early Life (Mt 1-2); ** Fulfillment Passages (Mt 2-3; ** Temptations (Mt 4); ** Beatitudes (Mt 5); ** Love Your Enemy (Mt 5); ** Lord’s Prayer (Mt 6); ** Golden Rule (Mt 7 ** Next **
Jesus claimed that “all authority in heaven and on earth” has been given to him (Mt 28:18). If that’s true, and I believe it is, then we benefit by learning all we can about Jesus. Matthew wrote this gospel to tell us who Jesus is and what that means for us. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 3, 2021.
Writers are usually told to start their books with a hook that will immediately engage their readers. Matthew begins his gospel with a list of names. Could anything be more boring? Yet Matthew did start with a bang. This list is relevant to every human being who ever lived. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 10, 2021.
You would think that a passage covering the birth of Jesus would be easy “Christmas stuff” we’re all familiar with. Don’t be fooled. Matthew’s account raises some interesting theological questions. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 17, 2021.
Matthew draws many parallels between the early life of Jesus and the Old Testament to reinforce his main point: Jesus is the Christ, the son of Abraham and son of David, who will fulfill God’s promises. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 24, 2021.
Matthew tells us the life of Jesus “fulfills” something spoken by the prophet Hosea. Yet Hosea is not “predicting” anything; Hosea is looking backward to the Exodus. What is Matthew doing? He’s pointing out the theological connection between Israel as God’s son and the Messiah, God’s son. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on March 3, 2021.
06 Matthew 2:16-18 Rachel weeping
In this third fulfillment passage, Matthew compares the murder of the young boys in Bethlehem to the Rachel weeping in her tomb for the captives about to be deported to Babylon. In both events, all hope seems lost. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on March 10, 2021.
07 Matthew 2:19-23 A Nazarene
This quotation presents the hardest challenge because no passage in the Old Testament says the Messiah will be called a Nazarene. Instead Matthew is summarizing an idea taught in the prophets. We need both grammar and historical background to understand him. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on March 17, 2021.
08 Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist
John the Baptist was the herald who announced the coming of the King. His message had two parts: repent for the kingdom of God is at hand. The king is coming. It is time to turn back to God and follow his Messiah. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on March 24, 2021.
09 Matthew 3:13-17 The baptism of Jesus
At his baptism, God confirms that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, who will rule on David’s throne forever. We also see what kind of king Jesus is: humble and willing to serve. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on March 31, 2021.
The Temptations of Jesus
For each of the temptations we’ll answer 3 questions: 1) why is the choice wrong? 2) why is the choice attractive? and 3) how does Jesus respond?
10 Matthew 4:1-4 Stones to bread
Satan wants to disqualify Jesus as the Messiah while God wants to demonstrate that Jesus is worthy to be the Messiah. We’ll look how how Jesus responds when he’s tempted to believe God is no longer taking care of him. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on April 7, 2021.
11 Matthew 4:5-7 Jump from the pinnacle
While the temptation to jump to from the top of a high mountain may not appear to very enticing at first glance, but it’s a temptation we all face today. When life gets hard or overwhelming, like Jesus, we’re very tempted to believe God has ceased to take care of us. Teacher: Krisan Marotta on April 14, 2021.
12 Matthew 4:8-11 Bow down
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on April 21, 2021.
13 Matthew 4:12-25 Early Ministry
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on April 28, 2021.
14 Sermon on the Mount Introduction
15 Beatitudes Introduction
16 Matthew 5:1-3 Poor in Spirit
17 Matthew 5:4 Mourn
18 Matthew 5:5 Meek
19 Matthew 5:6-7 Hunger & merciful
20 Matthew 5:8-9 Purity & peacemaking
21 Matthew 5:10-16 Persecuted
22 Matthew 5:17-20 Fulfill the law
23 Matthew 5:21-26 Anger
24 Matthew 5:27-30 Lust
25 Matthew 5:31-32 Divorce
26 Matthew 5:33-37 Oaths
27 Matthew 5:28-42 Retaliation
28 Matthew 5:43-48 Love your enemies
29 Matthew 6:1-18 Pray this way
30 Matthew 6:7-10 The Lord’s Prayer
31 Matthew 6:11 Daily Bread
32 Matthew 6:12-15 Forgiveness
33 Matthew 6:13 Temptation
34 Matthew 6:19-24 Treasures in Heaven
35 Matthew 6:25-34 Anxious
36 Matthew 7:1-5 Logs & Specks
37 Matthew 7:6-11 Dogs, Pigs, Snakes & Fish
38 Matthew 7:12-27 The Golden Rule
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