Matthew for Beginners
This series provides an in-depth look at the most well-structured gospel record originally designed to address Jewish questions about Jesus but later used by the early church as a primer for new Christians.
This introductory lesson will review the historical, political and social conditions that led up to and include the times in which this gospel record was written.
In this lesson we continue to examine background information about Matthew himself and a closer look at the purpose and structure of his book.
This lesson begins the comments and explanations of the material that Matthew lists in his opening narrative which include Jesus' genealogy, birth, escape to Egypt and return to Nazareth. (Matthew 1:1-4:23)
In this lesson we review the five main topics discussed by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:1-7:29)
Matthew lists the names of those chosen by Jesus to be His special messengers, and reviews the instructions and warnings Jesus gives them before sending them out on their first solo mission. (Matthew 10:1-42)
Matthew describes the aggressive questioning Jesus would begin to draw from the Jewish religious leaders as His ministry progressed. (Matthew 11:1-12:50)
This lesson will examine the reasons why Jesus used parables in His teaching ministry and what rules we need to follow in order to understand their original meaning and how to draw applications from them today. (Matthew 13:1-52)
Jesus performs miracles for the crowds as well as private demonstrations of His power for His Apostles in order to strengthen their faith and prepare them for His own suffering and death on the cross. (Matthew 13:53-17:27)
In this passage Jesus will explain the nature of relationships that people have in the Kingdom and how to repair them when they are broken. (Matthew 18:1-35)
Matthew 19 contains key information about Jesus' teaching concerning marriage and divorce. This study tries to correct certain misunderstandings about what Jesus is actually saying about who is guilty or innocent in these situations. (Matthew 19)
In this lesson Mike examines Jesus' response to those who rejected Him. A response that will pronounce a judgement on the religious leaders of that time as well as a long prophetic discourse about the destruction of Jerusalem and His return at the end of the world. (Matthew 23:1-25:46)