The Sermon on the Mount: A Call to Discipleship
Dear friends in Christ,
Welcome to 2019: The Year of Scripture. Our focus this year will be on God’s gift of Sacred Scripture. The Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them the Holy Spirit creates and sustains Christian faith, life, and fellowship for service in the world.
During this Year of Scripture, we will aspire to grow as Christian disciples through three distinct practices:
- Bible Reading to form us through daily discipline and habit;
- Bible Reflection to help us to become fluent in the language of sacred scripture;
- Bible Study to lead us to know who God is and what God does.
One of the best-known Bible verses related to the Word of God is Psalm 119:105, and this will serve as our 2019 Year of Prayer memory verse. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). This powerful verse affirms that sacred scripture will serve as a trusted guide along life’s journey.
What follows is a 6-session Bible study on the Sermon on the Mount. Open your Bible, gather with a group of friends, get outside the 4 walls of the congregation, and learn what God desires to teach you. But, be careful. Be very, very careful, because God’s Word has the power to transform people and communities from who we are into the people and communities that God longs for us to be.
Let us pray: Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, which you have given us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship pg. 72)
Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin
November 23, 2018
Clement of Rome, Pastor