Matthew Studies



Matthew contains 28 chapters which are so vital for our proper understanding of the Christ. This post links together a set of study guides which includes an introduction to the book and 28 individual study guides for each of the chapters. These are used in connection with our radio program: WALKING IN TRUTH, which is broadcast each Sunday morning at 7:00 (Central Time) on station WCBL, 1290 AM and 99.1 FM, Benton, KY. If you are not in the western Kentucky area, you can listen by means of the TUNE-In app. We began this study of Matthew on 7 February 2016, and it will continue for 28 consecutive Sundays. The study guides will be added as they are completed. Please help us to get the word out about these study guides by using the social media boxes below this post.

Wayne Jackson has this to say about this wonderful book…

… is doubtless the most frequently read narrative in the New Testament. In spite of this, the scope and grandeur of this divine document is probably overlooked by many. Theodor Zahn declared: ‘In grandness of conception and in the power with which a mass of material is subordinated to great ideas, no writing in the New Testament, dealing with a historical theme, is to be compared with Matthew.’ … Each of the Gospel writers, under the divine leading of the Holy Spirit, had his own theme to develop. Each was primarily addressing his narrative to a different class of people. Mark was directed toward the Roman culture of the first century, while Luke’s Gospel was designed to appeal to the Greek mind. John’s account is universal in scope. But Matthew’s narrative is decidedly Jewish in flavor. It is a book written by a Jew for Jews about a Jew! The purpose of the Book of Matthew might be briefly stated thusly: The design of Matthew is to demonstrate (primarily to the Jews, but ultimately to all men) that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament Scriptures and the author of the kingdom of God in which all peoples of the earth may be saved. With great care, the apostle develops this theme [Wayne Jackson, “The Living Message of Matthew,” in The Living Messages of the Books of the New Testament, Editors: Garland Elkins, and Thomas B. Warren, 1976, pp., 34-35].

Individual Study Guides for Matthew:

Introduction to Matthew

Chapter 01     Chapter 02     Chapter 03     Chapter 04     Chapter 05     Chapter 06

Chapter 07     Chapter 08     Chapter 09     Chapter 10     Chapter 11     Chapter 12

Chapter 13     Chapter 14     Chapter 15     Chapter 16     Chapter 17     Chapter 18

Chapter 19     Chapter 20     Chapter 21     Chapter 22     Chapter 23     Chapter 24

Chapter 25     Chapter 26     Chapter 27     Chapter 28

A merged PDF document containing ALL of the above files (341 pages; 17.72 mb) is available by clicking H-E-R-E.

Being LIKE God


David Lemmons

WHEN are WE Most Like God? Could it be We Are Most Like God: AS SOON AS WE ARE BORN?

When are we most like God? Not sure that there is a definitive answer to this great question, but I would like to consider it briefly in this article. I suspect one correct answer would be as soon as we are born. At that particular point in our development and growth, we have not sinned. God and sin are not compatible! God can’t even be in the presence of sin according to Isaiah 59.1-2. Even though our Calvinist friends consider that little baby to have inherited Adam’s sin and that the baby has sinful blood running through the veins, they CANNOT sustain that presumptuous idea with book, chapter, and verse. Also, if this Calvinist position were true, how is it that Jesus could make the following statement: SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN AND FORBID THEM NOT, TO COME UNTO ME: FOR OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (Mt 19.14)? Obviously, Jesus does not consider little children to be mired in sin!

Could it be We Are Most Like God: WHEN FORGIVING SOMEONE?

When are we most like God? If we search for another point in time when I am most like God (not exactly, but most like), perhaps we would suggest: THE TIME WHEN I AM FORGIVING SOMEONE. Isn’t that a fairly obvious answer? Isn’t the entire Bible about forgiveness. Searching for a theme or purpose line for the Bible, it would be hard to beat the one I was taught at the Brown Trail Preacher Training School. I think the original source of this statement might have been Roy C. Deaver. The purpose line that runs throughout the Bible from Genesis 1.1 through Revelation 22.21 is: The glory of God and the salvation of man through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Yes, we serve a God who loves us and who wants every single one of us to be saved. He actually wants to forgive us of our many sins. Can we substantiate that claim? Yes, of course we can. Notice 2 Peter 3.9… The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Notice here that the inspired Apostle Peter wrote that God does NOT will that any of us should perish! The Apostle Paul wrote—1 Timothy 2.1-4… I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. Through the writing of the Apostle John we are informed that WHOSOEVER WILL can come and take of the water of life freely (Rev 22.17).

God is willing to forgive; God desires to forgive. How can we conclude anything except that from these three passages, and then added to them, statements that we find on just about any page to which we might casually open up our Bibles?

Matthew 18 is a great chapter about FORGIVENESS. It is the chapter where Peter asks the important question of Jesus: HOW OFT SHALL MY BROTHER SIN AGAINST ME, AND I FORGIVE HIM? TILL SEVEN TIMES? (Mt 18.21).


In the study guide for Matthew 18 which I sent to the website today, I have included a rather lengthy discussion about the question: Are we to extend this forgiveness without limit and condition as some claim? The answer to that question is NO, but I will let you read that discussion on your own (You can find it by clicking H-E-R-E). What Matthew 18 is chiefly concerned about is getting you and me to understand how very important it is for us to be working to develop a FORGIVING ATTITUDE. Does God really care all that much if we are  forgiving of others?

There is no way to read and study carefully Matthew 18 without coming up with a resounding YES as answer to that question. I would just challenge you to open up your Bible to Matthew 18 when you get home from the assembly and read these 35 verses.

After Jesus gave Peter an answer to his question (UNTIL SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN), He presented The PARABLE of the Unforgiving Servant (Mt 18.21-35) as a further magnification of that answer.

How crystal clear Jesus was as He presented this parable to His precious disciples! Do we think enough about forgiveness? Do we understand it well?

If we are lacking in our understanding of the importance and value of forgiving others, one great place to begin a study is Matthew 18.21-35.

As I was studying this great chapter this week in preparation for the radio program, I came to appreciate more fully a certain fact revealed in this parable about forgiveness. That is: what the REAL PROBLEM was that was plaguing the unforgiving servant. His real problem was that he lacked understanding of HOW VERY MUCH HE OWED. Burton Coffman, in his commentary on Matthew put it this way: “The fault of the unmerciful servant was his failure to realize the enormity and absolute hopelessness of his debt. His earnest promise to repay it showed that he did not have the slightest conception of how much he owed.”

In another reference I included in the study guide, there was an attempt to put into focus how great that debt owed by the unmerciful servant really was. If we put it in years of work it would take to repay the debt, one estimate has it as: 273,973 YEARS! In other words, Jesus was telling us we owe a debt that we cannot pay for being able to get forgiveness of our sins.

Let’s all think seriously about the matter of forgiveness. Isn’t it truly the case that when we are willing to forgive a brother or sister or a neighbor or friend, that this is the very time that we are MOST LIKE GOD?

–by David Lemmons

Fundamentals of Worship

by Stan Crowley

The sermon is “The Fundamentals of Worship” and emphasizes the way the Bible teaches that we should follow God’s instructions.

It draws a logical parallel between adding other kinds of food on the Lord’s Table to the two we read about in the New Testament (bread and fruit of the vine) and adding other kinds of music to the one kind we read about in the New Testament (singing).


Ten Years of Golden Texts

Golden Texts

Ten years of “golden texts” are found in the 1950-1959 issues of Teacher’s Annual Lesson Commentary. I love these old volumes produced by the Gospel Advocate. A couple of years ago, I created a 112-page document in PDF format designed to help preachers and teachers to search those volumes for Bible texts that were written about in those books. Read about that project and download that PDF by clicking H-E-R-E.

One thing I wish I would have done at that time is to include the GOLDEN TEXTS. I have begun that project and have now completed the 1950s (10 volumes). There are 521 of these golden texts and most of them are clearly identified and usually use up half a page to a full page of writing. I have created a 27-page PDF file which lists those verses with the volume and page number. This will make if possible to use the FIND function on the PDF (control + F) to search the document and find out if a passage you are interested has been dealt with in one of these ten volumes.

To the best of my knowledge, the editors of the 1950 volumes were: Roy H. Lanier, Sr., and Leslie G. Thomas. If you know that is incorrect, please let me know.

Since I originally made the list in Evernote, I used a prefix on each scripture reference: btc (Bible text commentary). You need not use the btc in this PDF, but each reference will be preceded with btc.

Here are some particulars about searching for golden texts in this document…

  • No abbreviations are used (use the full name of each Bible book)
  • No spaces
  • No Roman Numerals
  • I know that each chapter in the Book of Psalms is a psalm, but the name of the book is still Psalms, so that is what I used for Psalms references
  • For the five one-chapter books, I do assign a chapter: e.g., btcObadiah1.15
  • I used no colons, but a period between chapters and verses

You can find this file by clicking H-E-R-E. btcGoldenTexts


Wisdom of Men vs the Wisdom of God, by Roger D. Campbell. The ancient city of Corinth was located in Greece, a place where philosophy, orators, and worldly wisdom were held in high esteem. To the  saints of God who lived in that commercial center, Paul had much to say about wisdom, both man’s and God’s, in the letters which he addressed to them.

On man’s side, Paul referred to “the wisdom of the wise” (1 Cor. 1: 19), “the wisdom of this world” (1 Cor. 1:20), “human wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:4), “the wisdom of men” (1 Cor. 2:5), and ”fleshly wisdom”  (2 Cor. 1:12). These are all one and the same.

On God’s side, the apostle simply calls it “the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24; 2:7). As we consider worldly wisdom versus the Godhead’s wisdom, certain matters really stand out. First, man’s wisdom and God’s wisdom are not the same.  Second, man’s wisdom is not as good as God’s is. Why? “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25). In fact, God has no foolishness or weakness; those are accommodative terms used here in the sense of God’s so-called foolishness and so-called weakness per the thinking of unwise, proud humans. Third, “the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God ” (1 Corinthians 3:19).

Man’s thinking often clashes with God’s, which does not surprise us since the Lord proclaimed that His ways and thoughts are above those of mere mortals (Isaiah 55 :8,9). Let us go ahead and consider some thoughts from the message of 1 Corinthians and see how modern-day thought (man’s wisdom) often conflicts with God’s wisdom.

Man’s wisdom says that there is no way that the blood of a former Jewish carpenter can remove another person’s sins. To such people, the message of the crucified Christ is foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:23). God’s truth: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1:18).

Man’s wisdom says, “I can be a saved person and belong to Jesus without water baptism, because  God did not send Paul to baptize, but to preach the gospel (1:17)”. God’s revelation shows us that some in Corinth said that they were “of Paul” (1:12). God’s wisdom asks, “Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (1:13). The answer on both counts was, “No,” and the idea was, the only person who properly could say he was “of Paul” is one who had been baptized in Paul’s name (and Paul had been crucified for such a person). In principle, in the same way, if one has not been baptized in the name of the Christ, then he has no right to claim that he is “of Christ.” Being baptized in water is a requirement to belonging to Jesus, that is, to being a saved person.

Man’s wisdom says that if! am not happy in my marriage and I see someone with whom I would rather live, then I should be able to get a divorce and “move on with my life.” God’s wisdom says, “A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife ... let him not divorce her ... let her not divorce him” (1 Corinthians 7:10-13). In the text of the English Bible, in four consecutive verses we read the instruction for a Christian not to depart from, forsake, or divorce his/her spouse.

Man’s wisdom says, “Look, I do not care whom my action offends. As a Christian, I have certain freedoms, and no one can prevent me from using them.” God’s wisdom says, “But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block those who are weak” (8:9). God’s wisdom says to consider how our action might affect others, looking out not only for our own interests, “but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).

Man’s wisdom says that if a gospel preacher really loves the Lord, then he ought to work without receiving any wages. God’s wisdom says, “Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel” (9:14).

Man’s wisdom says that our worship would be a lot more meaningful and appealing if we would be more spontaneous and just let people stand up and speak out whenever they want to praise the Lord. The Lord’s wisdom says, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (14:40).

Man’s wisdom says that there is nothing special about the gospel. By God’s wisdom, Paul said, “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you ... by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you ... by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you…” (15:1,2). The gospel is God’s saving power.

Let us be committed to accepting God’s revealed wisdom. For us, it is the wise thing to do.