Outline of the Book of Matthew

  1. Introductory Narrative: The Pedigree of the King (1-4)
    1. Genealogy (1.1-7)
    2. Infancy (1.8-2:12)
      1. The Birth of Jesus Christ (1.8-23)
      2. The Visit of the Magi (2.1-12)
      3. The Escape to Egypt (2.13-18)
      4. The Return to Nazareth (2.19-23)
    3. Preparation for Ministry (3.1-4.11)
      1. John the Baptist Prepares the Way (3.1-12)
      2. The Baptism of Jesus (3.13-17)
      3. The Temptation of Jesus (4.1-11)
    4. Early Ministry (4.12-25)
      1. Jesus Begins to Preach (4.12-17)
      2. Calling of the First Disciples (4.18-22)
      3. Jesus Heals the Sick (4.23-25)
  2. Discourse I: "Sermon on Mount": The Message of the King (5-7)
    1. The kingdom
      1. The Beatitudes (5.1-12)
      2. The Similitudes (5.13-16)
    2. Jesus' relationship to the Law of Moses
      1. Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses (5.17-19)
      2. Pharisaic interpretation rejected
        1. murder (5.20-26)
        2. adultery (5.27-30)
        3. divorce (5.31-32)
        4. oaths (5.33-37)
        5. retaliation (5.38-42)
        6. love (5.43-48)
      3. Pharisaic practice rejected
        1. giving of alms (6.1-4)
        2. prayer (6.5-15)
        3. fasting (6.16-18)
        4. wealth (6.19-34)
        5. rash judgments (7.1-6)
    3. Jesus' teachings on entering the kingdom
      1. ask, seek, knock (7.7-11)
      2. the golden rule (7.12)
      3. narrow and wide gates (7.13-14)
      4. A tree in known by its fruit (7.15-23)
        1. false and true teaching (7.15-20)
        2. true way into the kingdom (7.21-23)
      5. the parable of the two builders (7.24-27)
    4. Response to His sermon (7.28-29)
      "And when Jesus finished these sayings..." (7:28)
  3. Ten Miracle Stories: The Power of the King (ch. 8-9)
    1. The Man With Leprosy (8.1-4)
    2. The Faith of the Centurion (8.5-13)
    3. Jesus Heals Many (8.14-17)
      1. Peter's Mother-in-law
      2. Many at Peter's house
    4. The cost of Following Jesus (8.18-22)
    5. Jesus Calms the Storm (8.23-27)
    6. The Healing of Two Demon-possessed Men (8.28-34)
    7. Jesus Heals a Paralytic (9.1-8)
    8. The calling of Matthew (9-13)
    9. Jesus Questioned about Fasting (14-17)
    10. A Dead Girl and a Sick Women (18-26)
    11. Jesus Heals the Blind and Mute (27-34)
    12. The Workers are Few (35-38)
  4. Discourse II: Missionary Discourse (ch 10)
    1. The Twelve (10.1-4)
    2. This Mission to The lost sheep of Israel (10.5-16)
    3. Missions in the time to come (10.17-42)
      1. Persecution is foretold (10.17-25)
      2. Do not be afraid (10.26-36)
      3. To be worthy (10.37-42)
        "And when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples..." (11:1)
  5. Growing Opposition and Rejection of the King: (ch 11-12)
    1. Jesus and John the Baptist (11.1-19)
    2. Woe to Unrepentant Cities (11.20-24)
    3. Rest for the Weary (11.25-30)
    4. Lord of the Sabbath (12.1-14)
    5. God's Chosen Servant (12.15-21)
    6. Jesus and Beelzebub (12.22-37)
    7. The Sign of Jonah (12.39-45)
    8. Jesus' Mother and Brother (12.46-50)
  6. Discourse III: Mystery Parable Discourse or 7 Parables of the Kingdom (13.1-52)
    1. Spreading the word (13.1-23)
      1. The Parable of the Sower (1-10)
      2. Why Parables? (10-17)
      3. The parable of the Sower explained (18-23)
    2. The Growth of the Kingdom (13.24-43)
      1. The Parable of the Weeds (24-30)
      2. The Parable of the Mustard Seed (31-32)
      3. The Parable of the Yeast (33-35)
      4. The Parable of the Weeds Explained (36-43)
    3. Finding The Value of the Kingdom (13.44-52)
      1. The Parable of the Hidden Treasure (13.44)
      2. The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price (13.45-46)
      3. The Parable of the Net (13.47-52)
        "And when Jesus had finished these parables..." (13:53)
  7. The ministry of the King Rejected: (13.54-17)
    1. The plan of deliverance
      1. A prophet Without Honor (13.54-58)
      2. John the Baptist Beheaded (14.1-12)
      3. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand (14.13-21)
      4. Jesus Walks on the Water (14.22-36)
    2. Traditions versus the commands of God
      1. Clean and Unclean (15.1-20)
      2. The Faith of the Canaanite Woman (15.21-28)
      3. Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand (15.29-39)
      4. The demand for a sign (16.1-4)
      5. The Yeast (cmmands/behavior) of the Pharisees and Sadducees (16.5-12)
    3. Jesus is the Christ
      1. Peter's Confession of Christ (16.13-20)
      2. Jesus Predicts His Death (16.21-23)
      3. The Cost of Discipleship (16.24-28)
      4. The Transfiguration (17.1-13)
        1. On the Mountain of Transfiguration (17.1-9)
        2. On the way down the mountain (17.10-13)
      5. The Healing of a Boy With a Demon (17.14-21)
      6. Jesus Again Predicts His Death (17.22-23)
      7. The Temple Tax (17.24-27)
  8. Discourse IV: The Church Discourse: (Humility and forgiveness) (ch 18)
    1. The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven(18.1-9)
    2. The Parable of the Lost Sheep (18.10-14)
    3. A Brother Who Sins Against You (18.15-20)
    4. The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (18.21-35)
      "Now when Jesus finished these sayings..." (19:1)
  9. To and in Jerusalem: (ch 19-23)
    1. To Jerusalem (19-20)
      1. Transition to the narrative (19.1-2)
      2. Divorce (19.3-12)
      3. The Little Children and Jesus (19.13-15)
      4. The Rich Yong Man (19.16-29)
      5. The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (20.1-16)
      6. Jesus Predicts His Death a third time-3 (20.17-19)
      7. A Mother's Request (20.20-28)
      8. Two Blind Men Receive Sight (20.29-34)
    2. The King in Jerusalem (ch 21-23)
      1. The Triumphal Entry (21.1-11)
      2. Jesus at the Temple (21.12-17)
      3. The Fig Tree Withers (21.18-22)
      4. The Authority of Jesus Questioned (21.23-22.46)
        1. By whose Authority? (21.23-27)
        2. Three Allegories on the Kingdom (21.28-22.14)
          1. The Parable of the Two Sons (21.28-32)
          2. The Parable of the Tenants (21.33-46)
          3. The Parable of the Wedding Banquet (22.1-14)
        3. Jesus Questioned by the hierarchy (22.15-40)
          1. Paying taxes to Caesar (22.15-22)
          2. Marriage and the Resurrection (22.23-33)
          3. The Greatest Commandment (22.34-40)
        4. Whose Son Is the Christ? (22.41-46)
    3. The attitude of the Pharisees (23)
      1. The Christian Teacher (23.1-12)
      2. Seven Woes (23.13-32)
        1. Shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces
        2. Are not teaching salvation
        3. Splitting hairs on oaths
        4. Tithe spices but neglect the law
        5. Focus on the outside not the inside
        6. Are impure inside but appear pure outside
        7. Mourn the loss of the prophets but will do the same thing
      3. Prophecies
  10. Discourse V: The Olivet Discourse: "Eschatological Sermon": (ch 24-25)
    1. The Disciples Question (ch 24)
      1. Signs of the end of the Age (24.1-35)
      2. The Day and Hour Unknown (24.36-51)
    2. Parables of The end times and Judgement (ch 25)
      1. The Parable of the Ten Virgins (25.1-13)
      2. The Parable of the Talents (25.14-30)
      3. The Sheep and the Goats (25.31-46)

        "When Jesus had finished all these sayings" (26:1)

  11.  Passion & Resurrection Narrative: Victory (ch 26-28)

    1. Preparation of the sacrifice 26.3-35)
      1. The plot Against Jesus (26.3-5)
      2. Jesus Anointed at Bethany (26.6-13)
      3. Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus (26.14-16)
      4. The Lord's Supper (26.17-30)
      5. Jesus Predicts Peters Denial (26.31-35)
    2. In Gethsemane (26.36-56)
      1. Watch and Wait (26.36-46)
      2. Jesus Arrested (26.47-56)
    3. Trial (26.57-27.31)
      1. Before the Sanhedrin (26.57-68)
      2. Peter Disowns Jesus (26.69-75)
      3. Judas Hangs Himself (27.1-10)
      4. Jesus Before Pilate (27.11-26)
      5. The Soldiers Mock Jesus (27.27-31)
    4. Jesus Death and Burial (27.32-65)
      1. The Crucifixion (27.32-44)
      2. The Death of Jesus (27.45-56)
      3. The Burial of Jesus (27.57-61)
      4. The Guard at the Tomb (27.62-65)
    5. The resurrection (ch 28)
      1. The Resurrection (28.1-10)
      2. The Guards Report (28.11-15)
      3. The Great Commission (28.16-20)