Studying the gospels
It all begins with the book of, Matthew.
Here is a bit about him from, Orthodox Wiki:
The holy, glorious and all-laudable Apostle and Evangelist Matthew is the author of the Gospel of Matthew and one of the Twelve Apostles. The apostle’s symbol is an angel. He is commemorated by the Church on November 16, as well as on June 30 with the Twelve.
Matthew was originally called Levi. He was the son of Alphaeus and was by profession a publican, or tax-collector, at Capernaum. On one occasion Jesus, coming up from the side of the lake, passed the custom-house where Matthew was seated and said to him, “Follow me.” Matthew arose and followed Christ, becoming his disciple (Matthew 9:9). He changed his name to reflect his new calling. “Matthew” means “Gift of the Lord.”
The same day on which Jesus called him he made a “great feast” (Luke 5:29), a farewell feast, to which he invited Jesus and his disciples and probably also many of his old associates. The last notice of him in the New Testament is in Acts 1:13.
After the resurrection of our Lord, Matthew went and preached among the Jews. His Gospel was probably first written in Aramaic and later translated into Greek. Eventually Matthew went to Ethiopia to spread the gospel. There he was martyred by Fulvian, the ruler of the region, by being set on fire. After Matthew willingly gave up his soul to the Lord, his body was put in a coffin and cast into the sea. It washed up at the site of the church he had built. Fulvian, Matthew’s persecutor, immediately repented of his deed, renounced his position of worldly power, and was made a presbyter by the Bishop Platon (or Plato). Once Platon died, the apostle appeared to the priest (who had taken the name Matthew as well) and told him to assume the bishop’s throne.
I will try to keep a formalized account of my progress in case some of you are interested in following along/joining in with the study. It seems very odd to me that so much of church life is put on hold during the summer months. I am so thankful that our church’s ladies’ group continues to meet during the summer.
I have purchased a couple of sets of pens in an attempt to do some sort of inductive type study. It has been a bit of a struggle to find the right kind of pen. I’m not sure the two types I have purchased are going to work well. We’ll see.
What are you studying this summer? Remember the Enemy never sleeps or takes a break. Don’t put yourself in the position to where you need to almost start from the beginning when you get back from summer break, whatever that looks like.
I believe that Orthodox Christians can use non-Orthodox study tools as long as they use an Orthodox bible (I prefer the Orthodox Study bible) and if they are supporting their study by reading the lives of the saints and/or wisdom from the Holy Fathers.
Again… I am strongly suggesting that your studying of the bible be tempered with the reading of the lives of saints and the Holy Fathers but also to read about the Nicene counsels that took place that answered questions, fought heresy and redirected those who needed redirection, back onto the correct path of Christianity.
I hope you will join me as we study the gospels beginning with the book of, Matthew.