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The Gospel of Matthew

It was the testimony of the Fathers of the Church, dating from as early as the beginning of the second century AD, that St. Matthew was the first to write down an account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Beginning with Jesus' genealogy in chapter one, Matthew presents Jesus of Nazareth as the legitimate descendant of Abraham and the heir of the great King David. St. Matthew presents Jesus as the Messiah who was promised and announced by the holy prophets of God. He also focuses on the "Kingdom of heaven" that was predicted in the Old Testament, has been made visible in the life of Jesus, and which has found fulfillment in the faithful of Jesus' New Covenant Church. Join us in our study of the proclamation of the "Good News" that Jesus and His Apostles preached orally and which St. Matthew, inspired by God the Holy Spirit, put into writing for Christians of all generations. All references for the course are found in the Course Bibliography.
Lesson Number Chapters Description Handouts
Lesson 1   Introduction 3 Handouts
Lesson 2 Chapters 1-2 Prologue: The Birth and Infancy of Jesus 2 Handouts
Lesson 3 Chapters 3 Narrative #1 John the Baptist Proclaims the Coming of the Kingdom 2 Handouts
Lesson 4 Chapter 4 Narrative #1 Continued: The Temptation of the Son of God and the Beginning of the Galilean Ministry 3 Handouts
Lesson 5 Chapter 5 Discourse #1: The Sermon on the Mount 3 Handouts
Lesson 6 Chapter 5 (cont) The Sermon on the Mount (Continued)
God's Plan for a Transformed Heart and Life
2 Handouts
Lesson 7 Chapter 5 (cont) The Sermon on the Mount (Continued)
God's Plan for a Transformed Heart and Life
3 Handouts
Lesson 8 Chapter 5 (cont) The Sermon on the Mount (Continued)
God's Plan for a Transformed Heart and Life
2 Handouts
Lesson 9 Chapter 5 (cont) The Conclusion of the Beatitudes and
The Sermon on the Mount Continued
3 Handouts
Lesson 10 Chapter 6 The Sermon on the Mount Continued
Teaching About the Private Life of the Christian Disciple and the Practice of Righteousness
2 Handouts
Lesson 11 Chapter 6 (cont) The Sermon on the Mount Continued
Teaching About the Private Life of the Christian Disciple and the Practice of Righteousness
2 Handouts
Lesson 12 Chapters 6-7 (cont) The Sermon on the Mount Concluded
Teaching About the Public Life of the Christian Disciple and the Practice of Righteousness
2 Handouts
Lesson 13 DChapters 8-9 Narrative #2
Jesus' Ministry in the Galilee Continues
2 Handouts
Lesson 14 Chapter 10 The Missionary Discourse 2 Handouts
Lesson 15 Chapters 11-12 Diverse Responses to Jesus' Teachings and Actions 2 Handouts
Lesson 16 Chapters 12-13 Narrative #3 continued: Diverse responses to Jesus' Teachings and Actions
Discourse #3: The Parables of the Kingdom
2 Handouts
Lesson 17 Chapters 13-15 Narrative #4 More Responses to Jesus' Teachings and Actions 2 Handouts
Lesson 18 Chapters 16-17 Narrative #4 The Opposition of the Old Covenant Church,
Jesus Proclaims the Preeminence of Peter and
The Revelation of the Divine Messiah
1 Handout
Lesson 19 Chapter 18 Discourse #4: The Sermon on the Life of the Community 2 Handouts
Lesson 20 Chapters 19-20 Narrative #5: Jesus' Ministry in Judea and Jerusalem 1 Handout
Lesson 21 Chapters 21-22 The Prophet-King Comes to Jerusalem 1 Handout
Lesson 22 Chapter 22-23 The Prophet-King Teaches the People of Jerusalem 2 Handouts
Lesson 23 Chapters 24-25 The Fifth Discourse: Jesus' Eschatological Sermon 1 Handout
Lesson 24 Chapter 26 The Last Supper 2 Handouts
Lesson 25 Chapters 26-27 Jesus' Arrest and Trials 4 Handouts
Lesson 26 Chapters 27-28 The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ 4 Handouts

 

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