Preaching Maps: Matthew

Quick Facts
  • Matthew, who is also called Levi (9:9), was a tax collector whom Jesus called to follow Him (Mark 2:14, Luke 5:27). As one of Christ’s twelve disciples he gives us, from his vantage point, an intimate record of Jesus’ earthly life and ministry.
  • The gospel of Matthew is the bridge which connects the Old and New Testaments. Matthew frequently quotes the Old Testament in order to show the Jews that Jesus is the fulfillment of the scriptures. He wants them to know, starting with the very first section, that everything that has happened in history has happened to welcome the arrival of Jesus Christ on earth.
  • Matthew’s gospel focuses on the kingship of Jesus. He begins in chapter 1 by showing us His lineage from King David, and he ends the gospel in chapter 28 by showing us that all authority in heaven and earth belongs to Him. The theme of the book is clear as Matthew exalts Jesus throughout his gospel as the Sovereign King.
Major Divisions

Much has been written about the divisions, structures, and discourses of Matthew’s gospel. I find that looking at Mathew’s gospel in terms of thematic focus is the best way to approach Matthew’s emphasis.

  • Jesus is the sovereign King who is revealed.
  • Jesus is the sovereign King who preaches and teaches with authority.
  • Jesus is the sovereign King whose miracles authenticated His identity.
  • Jesus is the sovereign King who prepares His disciples for the ministry of the church.
  • Jesus is the sovereign King whose enemies were intensely devoted to religion.
  • Jesus is the sovereign King who pronounces judgment on those who reject Him.
  • Jesus is the sovereign King who will one day return and establish His kingdom.
  • Jesus is the sovereign King who died, was buried, and rose again.
  • Jesus is the sovereign King who commissions His followers to preach His gospel to the whole world.
A Suggested Sermon Map Through Matthew
  1. The Lineage of A King (1:1-17)
  2. The Birth of Jesus Christ (1:18-25)
  3. Seeing Christmas (2:1-23)
  4. Preparing the Way (3:1-12)
  5. Why was Jesus Baptized? (3:13-17)
  6. The Temptation of Jesus (4:1-11)
  7. The Gospel Light (4:12-25)
  8. The Poor In Spirit (5:1-3)
  9. They that Mourn (5:4)
  10. The Meek (5:5)
  11. They that Hunger for Righteousness (5:6)
  12. The Merciful (5:7)
  13. The Pure in Heart (5:8)
  14. The Peacemakers (5:9)
  15. The Persecuted (5:10-12)
  16. Influence (5:13-16)
  17. What Jesus Believed about His Bible (5:17-19)
  18. Entrance to the Kingdom (5:20)
  19. Understanding Anger (5:21-26)
  20. Understanding Adultery (5:27-30)
  21. Understanding Divorce (5:31-32)
  22. A Life of Integrity (5:33-37)
  23. Extra Mile Christians (5:38-47)
  24. Be Perfect (5:48)
  25. Performance Driven Righteousness (6:1-8, 16-18)
  26. What is Prayer? (6:9-15)
  27. Money Talks (6:19-24)
  28. Overcoming Anxiety (6:25-34)
  29. A Judgmental Spirit (7:1-12)
  30. Only One Way (7:13-14)
  31. The Proof is in the Fruit (7:15-20)
  32. Many Unsaved ‘Christians’ (7:21-23)
  33. Judgment is Coming (7:24-29)
  34. Will Jesus Heal My Sickness? (8:1-17)
  35. The Decision to Follow Jesus (8:18-22)
  36. Lessons from a Storm (8:23-27)
  37. The Day the Pigs went Crazy (8:28-34)
  38. Pharisaical Problems (9:1-17)
  39. Let’s Talks about Jesus (9:18-26)
  40. I Once was Blind (9:27-34)
  41. Sheep without a Shepherd (9:35-38)
  42. The First Missionaries (10:1-15)
  43. Expect Turbulence (10:16-33)
  44. Christ First (10:34-42)
  45. Doubting Jesus (11:1-24)
  46. How to Know God (11:25-30)
  47. The Error of Legalism (12:1-14)
  48. Who is Jesus? (12:15-21)
  49. Can This Be the Son of God? (12:22-37)
  50. The Only Sign You Need (12:38-45)
  51. We Are Family (12:46-50)
  52. The Teacher and His Teaching (13:1-52)
  53. Jesus Returns Home (13:53-58)
  54. The Tragic Death of John the Baptist (14:1-13)
  55. It’s All About Jesus (14:13-36)
  56. How to Never Go Back to a Pharisaical Life (15:1-20)
  57. Three Lessons about Faith (15:21-39)
  58. I Will Build My Church (16:1-28)
  59. Jesus Only (17:1-13)
  60. The Peril of a Faithless Ministry (17:14-23)
  61. Testimony Matters (17:24-27)
  62. Big Heads and Little Children (18:1-14)
  63. The Blueprints for Church Discipline (18:15-20)
  64. When My Brother Sins Against Me (18:21-35)
  65. The Marriage Covenant (19:1-9)
  66. The Gift of Singleness (19:10-12)
  67. Three Commitments in Bringing Kids to Jesus (19:13-15)
  68. How to Live Forever (19:16-30)
  69. A Fair God or a Gracious God? (20:1-16)
  70. We Go to Jerusalem (20:17-19)
  71. Only the Strong Serve (20:20-34)
  72. The Beginning of the End (21:1-17)
  73. Rejecting the King (21:18-46)
  74. You’re Invited to a Wedding (22:1-14)
  75. Q&A Time with Jesus (22:15-46)
  76. Woe to You, Pharisees (23:1-39)
  77. Are We there Yet? (24:1-14)
  78. Are You Looking for Jesus? (24:15-51)
  79. The Sad Fate of Unprepared People (25:1-13)
  80. Accountable to God (25:14-30)
  81. When the Son of Man Comes (25:31-46)
  82. A Woman that will Never be Forgotten (26:1-16)
  83. Three Reminders from the Upper Room (26:17-30)
  84. Down Goes Peter (26:31-35, 69-74)
  85. A Prayer Meeting in Gethsemane (26:36-46)
  86. What Jesus Deserves (26:47-68)
  87. The Release (27:1-26)
  88. The Crucifixion (27:27-61)
  89. The Resurrection (27:62-28:15)
  90. The Commission (28:16-20)
Recommended Books & Commentaries for Matthew
  • Craig L. Blomberg, The New American Commentary: Matthew (Broadman & Holman, 1992).
  • Grant R. Osborne, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Matthew (Zondervan, 2010).
  • David Platt, Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary: Exalting Jesus in Matthew (Broadman & Holman, 2013).
  • John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Matthew (Moody, 1989).
  • Douglas Sean O’Donnell, Matthew: All Authority in Heaven and on Earth (Crossway, 2013).
  • Mark E. Ross, Let’s Study Matthew (Banner of Truth, 2009).