Matthew Bible Reading Challenge



Use this challenge sheet filled with a variety of activities and Bible reading extensions.  Some activities may be particularly suited for children and families, while others may be suited for adults and teens – there is something for everyone.  Each activity collects a certain number of points with a goal of 1000 points.  (Activity details are below.)

One of the best parts of a challenge is doing it together.  Find another family to do it with, or involve your Sunday School or CYC.  You can also share your thoughts, favourite verses, quotes, reviews, etc in “Sisters Bible Study” on Facebook or “readthebiblechallenge” on Instagram with the hashtag #matthewtorevelation and #2022readthebiblechallenge!

Read - 400 Points

Read all the chapters of Matthew for 400 points!  Print off one of these templates can help track your reading.

Bible Journal - 500 Points

Use a notebook or a Bible Reading Journal to take notes while you read.  You can order this one on Amazon or use your own notebook.  You can also download and print this set of Bible Journal suggestion pages to paste in your notebook, if you wish.  Share your thoughts or favourite verses.

Bible Marking - 100 Points

Key words to Bible mark include “king”, “kingdom,” and “fulfill.” 

Bible Art - 500 Points

Find a verse that encourages or exhorts you and draw pictures to illustrate them and put them where you can see them.  Share your creations here:

Literature - 200 Points

Read through one of the following books and share a quote or two.

Mary, Handmaid of the Lord by Geoff Henstock

Nazareth Revisited by Robert Roberts

A Life of Jesus by Melva Purkis

The Messiah and His Ministry by Andrew Walker

Parables of the Messiah by John Carter

Media - 300 Points

Listen and write a summary!

Search for this talk on Christadelphian Bible Talks and Exhortations: Matthew’s Messiah by Dennis Gillett. Write a short review to share what you learn.

Memory Verse - 250 Points

Learn these verses by heart: Matthew 1:1, Matthew 6:21. You can print out the above bookmarks to help you memorize them.  (You can also colour them, or use them as a template to journal into your Bible margin.)

12 Disciples Worksheet - 100 points

Use this worksheet to list and color the twelve disciples.

Language - 150 Points

Do a word study on the word “gospel”.  You can use the above Word Study template.  Share what you learn!

Hymn Study - 100 Points

Learn to play and sing hymn 190 – Bethlehem, thou little city.  This website provides piano music for each of the hymns that you can sing along with.

Write out the hymn (using the above template), and list Bible passages that relate to the different lines from the hymns along the side.

You can also memorize the Beatitudes using this song:

Overview Study - 100 Points

Use this template to do an overview study of the book of Matthew.

Geography - 100 Points

Print and use this map to track the journeys of Christ in Matthew!

Matthew Outline - 150 Points

Fill out this outline of the book of Matthew.

Overview - 300 Points

Coming Soon! – Use the Overview of Matthew to get a big picture of the book!  The completed version is great for teaching, review or coloring, and the worksheet version has blanks to use as an activity page!

The Heart - 150 Points

Our aim as Christians is to become like Jesus. Even though we live in different cultures, have different life paths and careers, we should still be doing the sort of things that Jesus did. Two chapters in Matthew give us a good snapshot of the sort of things Jesus did in his day to day life that are possible for us to follow and do the same. After all, we do want to be like him.

Matthew chapters 8 and 9 tell us how Jesus…
  • Was willing to help those in desperate need (Matthew 8 v 3).
  • Used every-day life lessons to teach and encourage others (8 v 10 – 12).
  • Used his abilities to help others (v 16).
  • Turned cursing into blessing (v 28 – 32).
  • Forgave sins (Matthew 9 v 2 – 6).
  • Spent time with those who needed his help (v 10 – 13).
  • Showed mercy (v 13).
  • Came to bring joy (v 15).
  • Had time for others even when he was busy with other things (v 19 – 23).
  • Grew faith in others (v 29).
  • Prayed (v 37 – 38).
It may be that the big miracles are not our place, but we can be willing to help, show compassion, give grace, show forgiveness, and to pray. In doing these, we will be living like Jesus.  (Robert Prins – Thinky Things)

Thank you to Julie S, Karen P, Bailey M, Tanya W, Sarah W, Sheva B, Lindsay B for the contributions to this Challenge!

More Resources

For more Matthew Bible Reading ideas check out the following links:

Also check out the Sunday School pages on related topics for crafts, worksheets, food crafts, meet the character videos and more:

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