Notes and Outlines for the Study and Preaching of the Gospel of Matthew
developed by Bob Young
Matthew: Organizational and Structural Concepts
- The repeated phrase, "from that time on" (4:17; 16:21), suggests a internal structure. Consider the outline which reflects this structure.
1:1ff--The identity of Jesus
4:17ff--Jesus came teaching, preaching, and healing
16:21ff--Jesus came dying
- In the Synoptic Gospels, the three passion predictions of Jesus (16:21, 17:20; and 20:17) provide structure.
- An interesting sermon can be preached, focusing on "the presence of Jesus". In 1:23, Jesus comes as Emmanuel (God with us). In 28:18-20, Jesus promises his continuing presence until the end of the age.
- The identity of Jesus in the early chapters can be preached in the descriptions of chapters 1-2: Savior, Emmanuel, Christ. This section also lends itself to a chronological outline: prebirth, birth, postbirth, baptism, and temptation.
- Matthew makes clear that Jesus' coming into the world is the work of God. This can be seen in the (1)geneaology which is carefully numbered to reflect symmetry, (2) the dreams that provide guidance, and(3) the fulfillment theme that runs through the section.
- Matthew uses alternating discourse and narrative. The discourses appear in chapters 5-7, 10, 13, 18, and 24-25.
- Part One
Matt. 4:17, "from that time on...."
The coming of the king and the kingdom; Jesus comes teaching, preaching and healing
Discourse #1: Sermon on Mount, 5-7
Encounters of encouragement: miracles, 8-9
Discourse #2: Sending out disciples, 10
Encounters of confrontation: religious leaders, 11-12
Discourse #3: Parables, 13
- Feeding of 5000
Faith encounters: Matthew 14/15
- Part Two
Death prediction #1, 16:21 , "from that time on...."
The fulfillment of the kingdom, the Jesus who comes dying
Death prediction #2, 17:22
Discourse #4: 18
Death prediction #3, 20:17
- Passion Week
Triumphal Entry, Palm Sunday, 21
Discourse #5: Olivet discourse, 24/25 [destruction of Jerusalem/preparation]
Upper Room, 26
Sermon on the Mount
A series of six sermons or lessons focused in "Kingdom Righteousness"
- Overview: Righteousness-the call to discipleship: blessings, attitudes, and characteristics
- The challenge to the higher righteousness of kingdom
- Righteous relationships
in the community
those in authority
- Righteous deeds done right
- Righteousness through kingdom seeking (not money, protection, or security)
- Righteous practices: judging, sharing, choosing options
Sermon Series on the Beatitudes/Sermon on the Mount
5:13-20 Higher Righteousness of the Kingdom
21-26 If You are Angry with your brother
27-32 If your eye causes you to sin
33-37 Let your yes be yes
38-48 If someone hurts you
6:1-18 Right way to do righteous deeds
9-14 Pray like this
19-24 God or Mammon?
25-34 Do not be anxious
7:1-6 Do not Judge
12-14 Golden Rule
15-23 Known by their fruits
24-27 Like a wise man
Sermon Series Based on the Discourses
[See also Matthew's Discourses.]
The following titles were part of a sermon series developed from the Matthean discourses. The focus is on the last section of each of the discourses.
Kingdom Priorities: Getting Righteousness Right (Matthew 5-7)
Kingdom People: Instructions for Disciples (Matthew 10)
Kingdom Parables: Surprises and Changing Expectations (Matthew 13)
Kingdom Principles: Life and Leadership in the Kingdom (Matthew 18)
Kingdom Preparation: When the King Comes! (Matthew 25)
Last updated July 13, 2012