The Gospel of Matthew in the Bible is a collection of ministry “firsts” for Jesus. In this book, readers are given details about the first days of Christ’s ministry in the province of Galilee. Jesus’ first disciples were found and called there, and they watched Jesus heal the sick and paralyzed and cast out demons for the first time. These men also followed Jesus up a mountain near the Sea of Galilee, where they heard their new leader deliver a sermon that touched on subjects like prayer, divorce, serving, fasting and more. Jesus’ extensive teaching event left those in attendance “astonished” according to the Bible and often leaves modern-day readers of the sermon with the same sense of astonishment that the disciples felt all those years ago.
The sermon on the mount is a section of scripture found in Matthew 5-7. Not only is this the longest recorded section of Jesus’ words, but it may be his most famous. Many Christians have memorized the Lord’s prayer and can list the blessings of the Beatitudes. Even non-Christians are often familiar with the concept of “turning the other cheek” or loving enemies as described later in the sermon. Every day since it was preached, the sermon on the mount has profoundly impacted both Christian and secular culture, and its substantial range of topics are all highly applicable to modern life. Which is precisely why the sermon on the mount is perfect for our first women’s Bible study at Karis Church.
If you are female and at least 13 years old, then we invite you to join us at Karis Westside every Wednesday in September and October to learn about this beloved and highly applicable Bible passage. Each study session begins at 8:30 pm with a short video from author and teacher Jen Wilkin (Women of the Word, None Like Him). The study will dismiss at 9:30 pm after spending time together in prayer, scripture reading, and small group discussion led by women who are excited to learn alongside those in attendance.
The time of this event was specifically chosen to accommodate both women who work outside of the home and stay-at-home moms. Because of the late hour, we ask that women leave their young children at home for this study, as there will be no childcare.
Materials for this study include a workbook written by Jen Wilkin. These workbooks are available on Amazon or in the Nook at Karis Church for $13. There is no registration needed for this event, simply purchase the workbook and show up on Wednesdays in September and October to study from this rich passage.
Wilkin’s study materials are thoughtful enough to be challenging for seasoned Christians, but accessible enough for someone who has never studied the Bible before. So consider inviting a friend along with you to enjoy this study as well. Will you join us on September 6 for our introduction to the sermon on the mount?
Please contact Rachelle Cox with any questions about this event.