Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Gospel: The five books that recount that foundation story of Jesus’ announcement of God’s kingdom, his death and resurrection, and the Spirit-empowered movement he launched.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Narrative: A story sequence in which characters are placed in a setting and involved in a developing plotline.
Biography: A narrative about one person or movement, consisting of many short scenes that give a general history of the person as well as the main themes of their life and teaching.
Parable: A short, fictional narrative with symbolic characters designed to challenge the listener in a memorable and/or shocking way.
Jesus brings God’s heavenly kingdom to earth and invites his disciples into a new way of life through his death and resurrection.
Read Scripture Part I
Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of Matthew, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the Gospel of Matthew, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection as a continuation and fulfillment of the whole Biblical story of God and Israel. Matthew begins with details of how Jesus descends from the line of David, making Him a king. It proceeds to share Jesus' teachings that prove He's an authoritative teacher like Moses.
Throughout the book, we see that Jesus is Emmanuel, or God with us, and welcomes everyone into the upside down kingdom where leaders serve. From the calling of the disciples to the parables to the Great Commission, this New Testament book shows readers how the promises and prophecies God made to His people in the Old Testament do come to pass through Jesus.
Jesus' genealogy highlights His descent from Abraham and David, showing that He's the Messiah, King and God with us who fulfills Old Testament prophecies.
Baptism & Temptation
Jesus' baptism and wilderness experience confirms He is God and launches King Jesus' rescue operation of confronting evil, restoring God's reign and creating a new family.
Sermon on the Mount
Jesus introduces servant leadership and the upside down kingdom. He gives instructions on how to live in God's kingdom and welcomes everyone to join Him.
Most of the Gospel of Matthew shares Jesus' teaching ministry that parallels Moses' life and demonstrates the power of God's kingdom for hurting people.
Death, Resurrection & The Great Commission
A servant king, Jesus fulfills prophecy and sacrifices His life for his people. After his resurrection, He tells His followers to spread the good news.
Read Scripture Part II
Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of Matthew, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the Gospel of Matthew, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.