Contrast Community: Practicing the Sermon on the Mount

Contrast Community: Practicing the Sermon on the Mount


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No portion of Scripture has been more influential in renewing church and society than Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. This book invites groups and individuals into a transformative engagement with these remarkable teachings of Jesus. Accessible consideration of each major text is complemented by suggestions for multisensory methods by which to enrich the study—quotes, questions, application exercises, songs, and prayers. Faith communities are challenged not only to study the Sermon on the Mount but to begin practicing these radical teachings of Jesus. In addition to use in congregations, this volume is recommended for college and seminary classes that seek holistic methods for engaging biblical texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620325643
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/17/2013
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 791,854
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

James L. Bailey is the John S. and William A. Wagner Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He has published several Bible studies for the church and is the coauthor of Literary Forms in the New Testament (1992).

Table of Contents

Foreword Craig L. Nessan ix

Acknowledgments xiii

List of Abbreviations xv

Introduction xviii

1 Power to Transform Communities 1

2 Who Are the Blessed?-The Unlikely Ones (Matt 5:3-12) 10

3 Called to Be Salt and Light (Matt 5:13-16) 24

4 Freed from Nursing Anger (Matt 5:21-26) 34

5 Challenged to Value Women (Matt 5:27-32) 43

6 Trusted Truth-Tellers (Matt 5:33-37) 53

7 Risking Non-Violent Power (Matt 5:38-42) 62

8 Open to Enemies (Matt 5:43-48) 72

9 Not Flaunting Religious Actions (Matt 6:1-6, 16-18) 82

10 The Lord's Prayer as Model for Praying (Matt 6:7-15) 93

11 Replacing Worry with Trust (Matt 6:24-34) 106

12 Freed from Playing Judge (Matt 7:1-5) 118

13 Discerning Prayerfully (Matt 7:7-12) 128

14 Building on Solid Rock (Matt 7:24-27) 138

Appendix: A Strategy for Dwelling in the Word 149

Bibliography 161

Ancient Sources Index 165

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From the Publisher

"The Sermon on the Mount's transformative power is realized only when it is performed among and by God's people. Under Jim Bailey's clear, engaging direction, we not only hear the Sermon in fresh ways, but are invited to sing it, pray it, and grapple with it in our congregations and our daily lives, where it forms us into a 'contrast community'—salt and light for a senseless and dark world."

—Stanley P. Saunders

Columbia Theological Seminary

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