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Week 1 - (April 23-April 28)

Chapter 1-3 Overview

  1. The Synoptic Background and John Mark                                                              
  2. The Background of Matthew and Luke
  3. The Historical Background  


  • Read chapters 1-3 - Watch corresponding Week 1 Teaching Videos below.

  • Answer all Interactive Questions on a separate sheet of paper and place in your binder.

  • Take Test Yourself quizzes on separate sheet of paper and place in your binder.

  • Follow Weekly Scripture Reading Plan. 

    • Matthew 1-12 / Psalms 1-6

    • View the video, The Gospel of Matthew Part 1 and write a paragraph reflection in your binder. *Suggested questions for response:
      • What information stood out or was new to you?
      • What were the main points or themes that were highlighted about this section of Matthew?
      • Who does Matthew declare Jesus to be and how should that impact your life?


Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Matthew, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In Matthew, Jesus brings God's heavenly kingdom to earth and invites his disciples into a new way of life through his death and resurrection.

Week 1 Teaching Videos

VIDEO #1 - In this video, we do an introduction and cover part of Chapter 1. We discuss the questions, "Why do we have 4 Gospels?" and "What are the Synoptic Gospels?"

Video #2 - In this video, we cover the rest of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. We discuss issues related to Source Criticism and Contextualization of the Gospel in light of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Video #3 - In this video, we discuss Chapter 3 and the Historical Context of the Gospels. It's important to understand the world into which Jesus came.