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The Book of Matthew

The book of Matthew begins the Gospels of Jesus Christ. We love to study the Gospels around the holidays, as a family. No matter what time of the year it is, the Gospels are never outdated.

“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

(Matthew 1:21)

Background:

Written for Jews, by a Jew, the book of Matthew’s design is to present Jesus Christ as the King of The Jews, the long-awaited Messiah. His genealogy, baptism, messages, and miracles, all point to Jesus Christ as King. Even in His death, defeat is turned to victory by the Resurrection of Christ, echoing the message again that the King of the Jews LIVES. (Referenced from the NKJV Bible)

If you have teenagers, you can try to read the Gospels in 40 days with your family, by combining chapters and outlining your plan on a calendar. If you would like to see what this looks like, click here.

If you need to, start with one chapter a day, especially if you have younger kids. Be sure to use the accompany assignments to keep Children listening and engaged, while the reading is done. A good idea is to document reading.

After each lesson, we have included optional family discussion topics which are popular among our curriculum. If you are a part of the Focus on The Family: Family Bible Study membership, you can always find the “The Plan” outline here.

Matthew Chapters 1-2Chapters 3-4Chapters 5-6Chapters 7-8
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Enjoy the fun family activities that come in the detailed lesson plans, from our curriculum!

Always be consistent in having Bible study with your family. The more you do, the more they look forward to it, the more you grow as a family.

Each family Bible study assignment or download has the complete curriculum plan for that lesson.


Matthew Chapters 1-2

Use this outline to help you read and document your families progress.

Choose memory verses for your children to write and practice.

1:1-25

The genealogy of Christ from Abraham to Joseph.  Matthew 1:1-17

Jesus is miraculously conceived of the Holy Spirit by the Virgin Mary, when she was engaged to Joseph. Matthew 1:18

The angel satisfies the doubts of Joseph and declares the names and office of Christ: Jesus our Savior is born.  Matthew 1:19-25.     

2:1-22

The wise men from the east seek after the Christ, born King; Herod is alarmed. Matthew 2:1-8.

They are directed by a star to Bethlehem, they worship Christ when they find Him and offers Him three gifts. Joseph flees into Egypt with Jesus and his mother. Matthew 2:9-15.

King Herod kills all the babies under 2 years old, trying to get to Jesus, causing great pain to the people. Soon he himself dies.  Matthew 2:16-22.

Jesus Christ is brought back into Galilee to Nazareth.    Matthew 2:23.

Optional Family Discussion Topics: 

  • Why do you think it’s important to know Jesus’ Ancestral lineage?
  • Can you trace your family’s lineage? Why is it important to know where you came from, and where God is taking you now as a family?
  • How did the wise men know about the birth of the Messiah?
  • How would you describe Jesus’ childhood?
  • Why did Jesus’ family move around so much?
  • Was it wrong for king Herod to take the life of all those children?
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Matthew Chapters 3-4

Use this outline to help you read and document your families progress.

Choose memory verses for your children to write and practice.

3:1-17

John preaches repentance, and we read about his job, life and baptisms of the people. Matthew 3:1-6

John rebukes the Pharisees and Sadducees. Matthew 3:7-12

Jesus Christ is baptized Matthew 3:13-17

4:1-25

Jesus fasts for 40 days and nights. He is tempted by satan, is ministered to by angels. Then He dwells in Capernaum. Matthew 4:1:16

Jesus begins to preach and calls to Him Peter and Andrew (vs.18-20) and then James and John (vs 21-22)

Jesus teaches and heals all the sick and diseased. Matthew 4:23-25

Optional Family Discussion Topics: 

  • What was the diet of John the Baptist?
  • What must we do in order to produce good fruit? Vs.8
  • What did God, the Father say to His Son, Jesus?
  • Why did the Holy Spirit lead Jesus into the wilderness? Matthew 4:1-11
  • What did Jesus use to answer satan? Matthew 4:1-11
  • What was Jesus’ message? Matthew 6:17
  • Why did large crowds follow Jesus? Matthew 4:23-25
Today’s download : Has the curriculum plan and…
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Movie Day!

Every great family Bible study has to have a movie at some time!

Today, you can relax and join our Family Movie Room for a Matthew Chapter 3 reflection on John the Baptist.

There will also be family discussion questions!

Happy Bible studying

The Beatitudes

Each Beatitude has a deep meaning, and brings up tons of things to talk about with your family as you look into them. Each verse is also a memory verse!

If you would like your children to start on the Beatitudes, now would be a great time, as Matthew Chapter 5 Consists of Jesus Sermons on the mount, and the famous Beatitudes.

Matthew Chapters 5-6

Use this outline to help you read and document your families progress.

Choose memory verses for your children to write and practice.

Matthew 5 includes:

The Sermon on the Mount; Beatitudes; Salt; Law; Murder; Adultery; Divorce; Oaths; Enemies

Verses

1. Jesus’ sermon on the mount:

3. The Beatitudes;

13. the salt of the earth;

14. the light of the world.

17. He came to fulfill the law.

21. What it is to kill;

27. to commit adultery;

33. to swear.

38. He exhorts to forgive wrong,

43. to love our enemies;

48. and to labor after perfection.

Optional Family Discussion Topics: 

  • Memorize 1 of the beatitudes. Matthew 5:3-10
  • What is the benefit of being persecuted for the name of Jesus? Matthew 5:11-12
  • What type of seasoning does Jesus call His believers in verse 13?
  • Christians are the “light of the world”, but how do we use it? Matthew 5:14
  • How should you treat your enemies as a Christian? Matthew 6:43-48

Matthew 6 Includes:

 Giving to the Poor; Lord’s Prayer; Fasting; Treasure in Heaven; Do Not Worry

Verses

1. Giving to the Needy

5. The Lord’s Prayer

16. Proper Fasting

19. Store up Treasures in Heaven

25. Do Not Worry

33. but seek God’s kingdom.

Optional Family Discussion Topics: 

  • What did Jesus mean when He said, “Be careful not to practice your righteous acts in front of others…”? Why? Matthew 6:1-4
  • Memorize the “Lord’s Prayer”. Matthew 6:9-13
  • What happens when you forgive people who have treated you wrong? Matthew 6:14
  • Why does Jesus tell us that what we allow our eyes to see, matters? Matthew 6:22-23
  • Why did Jesus say, “Don’t worry”? Matthew 6:25-34
Today’s download : Has the curriculum plan and…
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Why the charge?

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Matthew Chapters 7-8

Use this outline to help you read and document your families progress.

Choose memory verses for your children to write and practice.

Matthew 7 Includes:

Do Not Judge; Ask; Seek; Knock; Golden Rule; Narrow Gate; Good Fruit; Foundation on Rock

Verses:

1. Do Not Judge

7. Ask, Seek, Knock

13. Enter through the Narrow Gate

15. A Tree and Its Fruit

24. The Wise and the Foolish Builders

28. Jesus ends his sermon, and the people are astonished.

Optional Family Discussion Topics: 

  • In what way are Christians supposed to judge? Matthew 7:1-4
  • What are we called, when we judge people the wrong way? Matthew 7:5
  • What command from Jesus sums up the law and the prophets? Matthew 7:7-12
  • What is the wide gate and what is the small? Matthew 7:13-14
  • Why does Jesus tell us, “not everyone will go to Heaven”? Why were the crowds amazed? Matthew 7:21-29

Matthew 8 Includes:

Jesus Heals Leper; Centurion’s Servant; Peter’s Mother-in-Law; Cost of Discipleship; Rebuking the Storm; Demons into Pigs

Verses

1. Jesus cleanses the leper;

5. heals the centurion’s servant,

14. Peter’s mother in law,

16. and many others;

18. shows the cost of following him;

23. stills the storm on the sea;

28. drives the demons out of two men possessed;

31. and tells them to go into the pigs.

Optional Family Discussion Topics: 

  • There were three healings in Matthew 8:1-15.  Who did not have to ask to be healed? Who was a man of great faith?
  • How was the prophecy in Isaiah fulfilled, in Matthew 8:16-17?
  • Why did Jesus say, “You of little faith”, to His disciples? Matthew 8:23-27
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