Peace School - The Sermon on the Mount has been one of the most emphasized parts of Jesus' ministry for Mennonites and other Anabaptist Christians. While some Christians emphasize the virgin birth, execution and resurrection stories, Anabaptists have made the Sermon on the Mount just as central. While Anabaptists may differ on whether Jesus' stories of a virgin birth and resurrection are literal/factual, they has been little disagreement on the validity of the Sermon on the Mount. Anabaptists, conservative and liberal and otherwise, believe that following Jesus in our daily actions matters the most. The sermon on the mount optimizes Jesus' values and encourages people to embrace a different set of priorities compared to the Roman Emperor/Empire, the Jewish leaders, and the other elites. It does matter what we believe about Jesus. But instead of focusing on the birth or resurrection, do we really believe in loving our enemies, caring for the poor, and that the kingdom of God includes the poorest, weakest, and forgotten?
Explore - Ash Wednesday is March 1st. Here's an Activity to observe 'Ash Wednesday' with your child and/or household. It reminds us to renew our minds and mend the relationships in our life to God, self and others.
Reflect - Learn more about the different sections in the Sermon on the Mount:
Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12 (Shine 194)
Love Your Enemies, Matt. 5:38-48 (Shine 196)
Give, Pray, Fast, Matt. 6:1-18 (Shine 198)
Don't Worry, Matt. 6:25-34 (Shine 200)
Building on the Rock, Matt. 7:24-27 (Shine 202)
The Sower and the seed, Mark 4:1-20 (Shine 204)
Pray - this season of Epiphany we'll be focusing on Psalm 23. Probably the most well known of all the Psalms.