The Gospel of Matthew is the first book of the New Testament. It was believed, by the early church fathers, to be the first gospel written. While this view is no longer the normative thought, Matthew continues to be the most quoted of all the gospels. It tells the story of Jesus from his conception and birth in Bethlehem to his crucifixion and resurrection in Jerusalem. It includes the longest attributed teaching discourse of Jesus: the Sermon on the Mount. For the writer of the gospel, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Hebrew scriptures. Matthew’s gospel tells the good news that the Messiah has come and promises to be with us always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20, New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition). Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us (c.f. Matthew 1:23)
In 2023, Franklin United Methodist Church will be doing a close reading and inductive study of Matthew’s gospel. Our study plan will follow N. T. Wright’s study guide/book on Matthew. You can view and print the plan below. Worship themes from the study will follow our study plan. Additional opportunities for discussion will be made available including on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm during the Pastor’s Study. The Pastor’s Study meets virtually using Google Meet. Joining information can be found on the church calendar.
You are encouraged to purchase the book through your preferred bookstore. Purchasing the book is not necessary for participation in worship or the bible study discussions. If you do not have access to a Bible, please contact the Church Office and one will be given to you.
If you have any questions about this study, the study plan, need a Bible, or want to start a small group, please contact Pastor Jacob ([email protected]).