by John A. Dalles, Anna L. Liechty and Phyllis Vos Wezeman
The Sermon on the Mount and the eight teachings of Jesus known as the "Beatitudes" come to life in this beautiful and inspiring book. It explores in depth the famous teachings of Jesus in Bible times, focusing on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), the eight Beatitudes as a whole (Matthew 5:3-11), and each statement as a challenge for Jesus' followers to live by today. The book provides helps for congregations to use to create a focus on the Beatitudes within worship, during education, and for nurturing children, youth, and adults.
Worship leaders, pastors, music directors, Christian educators, teachers, small group leaders, and parents will be able to use The Beatitudes to help others deepen their understanding of Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount. The ideas in the resource can be used for a variety of worship, study, and congregational life experiences. Through their participation, people of all ages will experience the beatitudes as a way for Christians to find a "handle" on happiness. They will connect Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount with both the high calling and the joy of discipleship. They will understand that what may seem contradictory and puzzling about the statements Jesus makes in the Beatitudes can make perfect sense when they join the throng who gather at Jesus' feet to see with new eyes and hear with new ears.