CrossReads Short Takes
School’s in Session
by Teri Main
Someone said that, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus touches on every teaching he gives throughout his ministry. That is largely true. Understanding the Sermon on the Mount gives a basis for understanding all of Christ’s teachings. Jesus is at the beginning of his earthly ministry. People gathered around him to learn from him.
There were many teachers at that time. Some claimed to be the Messiah. Others taught for the prestige or to make money tutoring the children of the rich. Jesus was different. He went directly to the people. He didn’t try to impress them with complex theological conundrums like some of the teachers of his day who would create complex (and usually unlikely) ethical dilemmas and prove their brilliance by untangling them.
No, he taught in plain words, but his message was unusual. He told them that they poverty of spirit, mourning and persecution could bring happiness. He told them to forgo the natural desire to strike back when attacked. He told them to love their enemies. He told them that God cared for them as if they were his sons and daughters, and if they acted on his words, they would be able to withstand the storms of life.
Jesus’s teaching that day, simple as it was, is graduate course in successful day to day living. It is timeless. It speaks to us about handling such universal problems as grief, anger, temptation, offense, persecution and material need.
This Bible study examines the Sermon on the Mount from the Beatitudes to the Lord’s Prayer to the parable of the two builders. As with all Wordmaster Bible studies, this can be used for private study or with small groups. Each lesson has a short commentary followed by study questions. This takes a discovery approach to Bible study sending you into The Word to find answers for yourself.
We trust this Bible study will give you new insight into The Sermon on the Mount.
There Once Was a Bright Star
by Cynthia P. Willow
“There Once Was a Bright Star” provides young children with a fun explanation of how stars make their own music while combining the Biblical story of the Christmas star. The story uses illustrations and rhyme, which young readers enjoy. There is a link to recordings of stars included so parents can listen to the awesome sounds stars make with their children.