The Gospel of Matthew: Pt. 1 - Overview
If you remember just one thing about the book of Matthew, remember this: Matthew is the teaching gospel. In fact, the author of Matthew didn’t just want to teach you about Jesus; he also wanted to highlight Jesus’ teachings. Even the structure of Matthew is perfect for teaching. You’ll find out more when you press play.
The Gospel of Matthew: Pt. 2 - Structure
Matthew’s structure includes an introduction and conclusion, plus five parallel sections in the middle. How can you pick them out? Here’s a hint: Each one includes a narrative (featuring Jesus’ healings and other activities), followed by one of Jesus’ sermons.
The Gospel of Matthew: Pt. 3 - Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew
Each gospel offers a slightly different take on Jesus. Here’s Matthew’s: Jesus is King. In this gospel, you’ll find lots of references to the kingdom, as well as specific statements in Jesus’ teachings about the fact that he is the promised Messiah, who was born “King of the Jews.”
The Gospel of Matthew: Pt. 4 - Matthew's Themes
In Matthew, Jesus’ teachings can be summed up using two key ideas, or themes. First, that the Kingdom of Heaven is here, and that it’s what we experience as we live the life of true Christians. And second, that love is central to true Christianity.
The Gospel of Matthew: Pt. 5 - Matthew and Me
Matthew is the teaching gospel—leaving us with lessons about the Kingdom of Heaven, and guiding us in how to love. But those aren’t the only lessons that Matthew offers: It’s also filled with teachings that gave shape to the early church, and that can elevate our present-day expression of church as well.