Matthew Bible Study

A Study of the Gospel of Matthew

For more than three decades a group of people from the Seattle First Christian Reformed Church has come together at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning to pray, eat, and study the Bible. They say “goodbye” promptly at 8:30 a.m. and go off to do their duties for the day. Lately the time has shifted to 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. in favor of those who are getting on in age.

Different people have attended at different times, but there was always a kernel that showed up throughout the years, week after week. John Tibbits was one of those people. He made many lessons and always gladly shared his faith, his love for Jesus, and his wisdom. David Gronlund was another person who shared his insights and put together questions. He studied the commentaries of Matthew Henry and made everyone think.  Both John and David were called home by the Lord in July 2011.

They made their own lessons. Their discussions would go deep. They enjoyed fellowship and shared their joys and sorrows.  This book is a collection of questions and comments by the group.  The questions were most useful if studied before the meeting but—we must confess—we often saw the questions for the first time during the meeting. The questions and comments were compiled by Johanna van Belle.

We had to think of a name for the group and came up with SAMOBISTUS (Saturday Morning Bible Students); the name coined at the time that the Sandinistas were active in Central America.

Ordinarily we used the New International Version (N.I.V.) of the Bible but had access to many other translations that were sometimes helpful in making a passage clearer. We tended not to use commentaries when developing the questions.

You can print the material one lesson at a time or print the whole book. We have left spaces between the questions so that you can write your answers in them. The nice things is that if you don’t like your answers you can just print a new page. The book will be useful for both individual and group study.

This study of Matthew is free for anyone to use. If you use this material and feel so inclined, we would suggest you make a contribution of $5.00 per person in memory of John Tibbits and David Gronlund to the Tuition Help Fund of Shoreline Christian School (2400 Northeast 147th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155-7324; ).

If you have comments, suggestions, or edits please contact me at

On behalf of the SAMOBISTUS,


Johanna H. van Belle