Below are videos we filmed going over the overview of Matthew and resources we used to study it.
This was the first book of the Bible that we have read. We are sharing our journey of reading the Bible for the first time coming out of false teachings (new age things, like manifesting and law of attraction, and prosperity gospel).
We are not experts just two girls who love Jesus and have a deep desire to know God’s word and truth.
So remember we are still learning and give us grace.
Always check in with God first when you hear or read things.
We are here to encourage you to do your own separate reading of the Bible and then come here to watch our videos and join in on the discussions.
Some believe Matthew was written after Mark and before the destruction of the temple.
Other scholars believe it was written after the destruction of the temple in 70 AD.
But most would say Matthew was written between 50-60 AD and after Mark. Although some believe it was the first one written.
Matthew’s audience was the Jews.
Matthew helps them see Jesus was the son of God and what God’s kingdom look liked.
It has a lot of Jesus’s teachings and showing all the prophecies He fulfilled.
Resources for Bible Study – Matthew
Some things to pay attention to as you read Matthew are:
- repeating words
- characteristics of Jesus
- all the prophecies
- son of Man
- truly I tell you
- Kingdom of heaven like
- how different people react to Jesus
- the outsiders getting in and those that should be are not
Here are some resources we used to help with the overview of Matthew:
The at a glance sheet are from Teach Sunday school – we looked at the Matthew book, author Matthew and some of the characters from NT
Overview: Matthew 1-13 https://youtu.be/3Dv4-n6OYGI
Overview: Matthew 14-28 https://youtu.be/GGCF3OPWN14
One Hour. One Book: Matthew https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLoQu1AhIAE&t=41s
This podcast on Matthew – https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/podcasts/help-me-teach-the-bible/douglas-odonnell-on-matthew/
Spoken Gospel – Matthew
Matthew resources we used for studying it for the first time:
These are the resources we used for the first time reading Matthew:
The only written commentary we have is the – Be Loyal – NT Commentary on Matthew by Warren Wiersbe
We read other commentaries off APP, mentioned below.
Blue Letter Bible – We use this APP the most. We use it a lot to get cross-references, dictionaries, text commentaries and audios from pastors teaching on scripture. This APP has a lot of great things including a Greek concordance. You can also view everything on their website it you don’t want to download the app. I read the Matthew Henry commentary on Matthew as well as David Guzik.
Then we later found David has a website sharing commentary on Mattthew – Enduring Word.
Logos Bible – It has a lot of tools, we find new ones all the time. For Matthew, we used it searching for passages like I want to see all the scripture on love. Allows for more pictures, maps and things. We used the Faithlife study bible inside it for Matthew.
Strong’s Concordance – we use to look up words used in the scripture – although we now tend to use the Blue Letter Bible for that. So we don’t use this that much.
Pastors we listened to while we studied Matthew for the first time that teach it verse by verse: Please remember all that we list here is not all the resources on Matthew, it was just what we choose to use studying the first time. Since we studied it and recorded our Bible studies, we have learned more and found more resources. But that’s the beauty of this, you always are growing and learning while reading God’s word.
The Word for today app (Chuck Smith)
Harvest Family Fellowship – Matthew audio series
Calvary Church FL (our local church here in Florida) – Matthew series
One Hour. One Book- guy that we mentioned above had other videos we watched. Here are other sermons we listened too from him, he does not have every chapter :
Jesus and the Kingdom (GCBI 108.05) – https://youtu.be/C9u49DEn91Y
Jesus and the Law (GCBI 108.03) https://youtu.be/0b1Sm0_fqOA
Jesus and the Discipleship Standards (GCBI 108.04) https://youtu.be/TxFtLWBoiEo
Jesus and the Pharisaic Conflict (GCBI 108.07) https://youtu.be/a2cq70TQdLE
It Happened One Sabbath, Pt. 2 (GCBI 108.09) https://youtu.be/Za28qci363U
More things that helped us studying Matthew:
The Plot against Jesus – David Platt – https://youtu.be/HgiLKFfJlmM
Apologia Studio – They have a Youtube channel that we watched some of their sermons on Matthew, mostly around chapters 23 – 27. In our end times page you can see all the videos we watched, plus under each of our Matthew Bible study videos we list all the videos we watched for each chapter.
FAI App plus they have a Youtube, again you will see them listed mostly around Matthew 24-25 in our end times resource page.
A NEW RESOURCE we discovered a year after studying Matthew (and coming to the end of Mark) is the BEMA podcast with Marty – we highly recommend!
He has a season on the NT including going through Matthew, we have only listened to a few so far as we are squeezing them as we finish up studying Mark. But we are excited because we are starting John next and they are going to through John, verse-by-verse.
We learned new things that changed how we see Matthew.
But we hope all this shows you just to get started with reading the Bible and understand it is a journey of learning the Bible!
Bible study workouts – Matthew
We are so glad you are here and ready to grow closer to God while listening to God’s word, the book of Matthew while working out.
Here you will find the workout schedule that you can follow if you want.
You don’t have to follow perfectly. Use it more as a guide and a way to keep you accountable.
We pray these scripture infused workouts bless you and your life as it has ours. God is so good and faithful. The more you show up and want to grow closer to Him, He will reveal more to you.
Please note – In each of our individual chapter Bible study videos we list all that we listened to for that particular chapter in Matthew in the description of the YouTube video. As some times we listened or read additional resources not mentioned here.
You can now get access to our full Matthew Bible study videos, plus we have a reading plan.
Verse-by-verse Bible study – Matthew
If you watch our full Matthew Bible studies – we created 2 plans to use them as guides –
We created a simple reading plan PDF for you to print off. It is just an overview of the Bible studies where you can write where you left off and check off when you are finished. We pray it helps you stay focused to complete it. Remember it took us a year to read the whole book of Matthew as we went slow and steady. Spending at least a week on each chapter.
Plan A – would be good for someone who has at least an hour or more, most days. The goal is to study the word 5 days a week and then allow 2 days to catch up. This plan moves quicker but requires more time. The weekends are for catching up on anything you missed, or more personal reflection on the passages. We would suggest doing one bible study video in one day.
Plan B – would be good for someone who has less time and needs to break up the videos. As you will see in the plan, we beak up the videos to be over 1 – 3 days, so it moves slower. Aim to set aside 20 – 30 minutes each day. Sundays are for catching up on anything you missed, or more personal reflection on the passages.
Remember these are just guides, suggestions in a way.
Please do what works for you.
Break up the videos in any way you like. Do what works for your schedule, remember it is not to gain favor from God or check off any boxes. Rather see you being disciplined to read God’s word to know more about HIM.
It took us a whole year to read it, so no rules or anything here. You can check out our video here sharing our experience of reading Matthew one year later.
Having a guide does help you stay accountable in our opinion.
We recommend you read the chapter or verses before you watch our videos.
As it is important you have your own alone time with God and His word.
Then watch our videos and join in on the discussions.
Thanks for being here and studying Matthew with us for the first time.
We hope this serves you in your walk with Christ.
We are excited for the next time we read through Matthew, but for now we are continuing on with reading the New Testament before the Old Testament.
Some of our other Matthew content of ours:
See our other Bible studies here (right now it is just Mark, next will be John).