Category Archives: Gospel of Matthew

When Our Kids Teach Us About God

Today Jonah, our two year old, shed some light on why God doesn’t always give us the things we really want. Missy had baked some cupcakes and he really wanted one. He threw a fit trying to get one so we didn’t let him have one until he calmed down and asked nicely. Then heContinue Reading

Sermon on the Mount Curriculum Now Online

I have finally finished writing our curriculum for the Sermon on the Mount series we have been teaching in our men’s and women’s Wednesday night classes. I am adding it to the Bible class archive and posting a link here. It is 12 sessions in 51 pages. I think there is a good balance inContinue Reading

Does Matthew’s Structure Parallel the Torah?

Over the last few months I have been writing curriculum on the Sermon on the Mount for our men’s and women’s classes. I have heard several other people begin to study this as well in recent weeks and months and everyone who I have talked to keeps saying they are doing so because it isContinue Reading

Don’t Throw Your Pearls to Pigs – Matthew 7:6

What did Jesus mean when he said, ““Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”? In Matthew 7:1 Jesus starts talking about how we judge. On the surface it seems thatContinue Reading

Eye For An Eye and Jesus’ Savvy

I never competed in a spelling bee but it was news to me that savvy had two v’s. Anyway, Matthew 5:38-42 is so chocked full of savvy that it isn’t even funny. 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resistContinue Reading

More Free Bible Studies

I try to make it a habit to post the studies I write here on the blog from time to time. I haven’t done that in a while and it is time to add some more material. The first is a series that we are wrapping up called “Growing God’s Family.” This series talks aboutContinue Reading

Grace in the Parables – Two Debtors

In Matthew 18:21 Peter asks Jesus how many times he has to forgive his brother, seven times? It seems to me Peter is asking Jesus what the limits of grace really are? Just how far does God expect his people to extend grace to others? So Jesus tells them a story about a man whoContinue Reading

Grace in the Parables – The Wedding Banquet

The last parable mentioned here was that grace means we don’t always get what we deserve. A few chapters later (Matthew 22), upon entering Jerusalem Jesus tells a parable about a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. All the people you might expect to be there turned him down. So he sentContinue Reading

Grace in the Parables

While it was pointed out in a comment here on the blog that Jesus never really used the word “grace” in his recorded teachings in the New Testament it is clear that the concept of grace characterizes much of his teachings. One place it shows up with regularity is in the parables. I want toContinue Reading

Summaries of the New Testament Books

To follow up on this post summarizing the books of the Old Testament, here is the list for the New Testament. Here is this list in pdf. These are just quick helps to help people get a feel for these books and see how they connect with each other. Bible Study Helps – New TestamentContinue Reading