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Theological Term of the Week

Sermon on the Mount
The title given to Jesus’ sermon recorded in Matthew 5-7.

  • From scripture:

    Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

    And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying … . (Matthew 5:1-2 ESV)

    (Read the whole sermon.)

  • From ESV Study Bible notes on Matthew 5-7:
  • This is the first of five major discourses in Matthew (chs. 5–7; 10; 13; 18–20; 24–25). Speaking to his disciples (5:1), Jesus expounds the reality of discipleship lived in the presence and power of the kingdom of God but within the everyday world. Some interpreters have thought the purpose of this sermon was to describe a moral standard so impossibly high that it is relevant only for a future millennial kingdom. Others have thought its primary purpose was to portray the absoluteness of God’s moral perfection and thereby to drive people to despair of their own righteousness, so they will trust in the imputed righteousness of Christ. Both views fail to recognize that these teachings, rightly understood, form a challenging but practical ethic that Jesus expects his followers to live by in this present age. The sermon, commonly called the “Sermon on the Mount,” is probably a summary of a longer message, but the structure is a unified whole. 
Learn more:
  1. The Bible: Matthew 5-7
  2. Got What is the Sermon on the Mount?
  3. Greg Herrick: A Summary of Understanding of the Sermon on the Mount
  4. Bob Deffinbaugh: The Sermon on the Mount
  5. R. W. Glenn: A Sermon on the Sermon on the Mount (audio)

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Round the Sphere Again: The Older Woman of Titus 2

Will you like me less if I tell you I find the phrase “Titus 2 woman” very annoying? Even as I type the words I feel slightly irritated. (I’m not fond of the phrase “Proverbs 31 woman,” either.)

do want to follow the instructions of Titus 2. I’m happy with the job description, but not the contrived (and “christianesey”?) title for it. What’s up with women and scripture passage labels? There are instructions to older men in Titus 2, and I’ve never heard an older man called a “Titus 2 man.” Have you? 

I think that might be the worst possible introduction for these two recent pieces on the Titus 2 woman. I recommend them.

  • Who She Is and What She Does
    Kim Shay:

    Who (or what) is a Titus 2 woman?  She is part of a wonderful network of relationships meant to encourage women and build the Body of Christ.

    From A Walk Through the Word: Titus 2 at CBMW’s Woman’s Channel aka Karis.

  • When You Don’t Have One
    Diane Bucknell encourages young women who don’t have this kind of mentor: 

    I never had the privilege of having the kind of “Titus 2” mentor in my life that I think women are looking for today … . As a young believer in the early 70’s, our rural church life in North Idaho consisted of co-ed Bible studies and prayer meetings and the only “women’s” thing I attended were baby showers. The things I was learning from the Bible were sufficient to teach me what I needed to know in order  to  love my husband and children and to stay at home and mind my own business.

    Read the whole piece  at Theology for Girls


A Catechism for Girls and Boys

Questions about the Word, the Church and the Ordinances

128 Q. Why Did Christ give these ordinances [baptism and the Lord’s Supper]?
        A. To show that his disciples belong to him, and to remind them of what he has done for them.

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