1. This chapter was such a blessing and at the same time very difficult to complete – because when I see my life in light of what he broke down the Sermon on the Mount to be – I am ashamed at the superficiality of my heart, of my daily pursuits, and of my lack of true understanding of what I have been called to live and walk out. The sentence that shook me the most was the warning at the end of the chapter – my life that I am building will have to face His final test and the ultimate scrutiny of the eye of the Lamb of God that was once slain. May I live and pursue life in light of this truth.

    1. Amen, Sunshine! To be reminded what sinners we are, and just how far we are from righteousness on our own, is humbling and should bring us to our knees daily.

  2. Yes, very sobering. It’s a continual work to set our hearts and minds on things above when the immediacy of the world blares so strong in our faces. May we live before His face always.

  3. The sentence I liked best was: “The Christian, therefore, should never worry about his circumstances in this world because of his relationship to God.” Amen!

    1. This came up in my study of Philippians this week. I tend to grumble and complain because I don’t believe God and His promises. If I truly believed the He is working everything out for good I wouldn’t worry or complain. I need to trust His Sovereignty, His Goodness, His power and His Love.

      1. I agree whole heartedly Jennifer that I need to trust His Sovereignty, His Goodness, His Power and His Love.

  4. I loved the part where he says that if we argue with the Beatitudes then we don’t understand them.

  5. This chapter helps me see the relationships we have with GOD versus the world. The sentences that brought that out for me is one of the essential and most obvious things about a Christian is realizing he is in the presence of GOD. That is why the Christian man, of necessity, should view everything that happens to him in this world entirely different from everybody else. I know the world is watching everything we say and do but I know there are many times when I don’t realize the one I should be concerned with is GOD as He is watching me and listening to my heart as well to see my reactions to whatever is going on in my life. Am I trusting GOD in faith? Thanks so much for this workshop.

  6. This chapter was eye opening in so many ways. A great reminder that God is never wrong, I am! That I shouldn’t complain or argue about things because He is in control! In the end it doesn’t matter what the world thinks of me, only what God thinks of me!

    1. I have argued with God so many times, and he has followed through with his Goodness, every time. I’ve questioned his Goodness and I still do, at times, even though he has shown me why what happened was Good. Yeah, he is working for my good. The break down happens when my idea of my good doesn’t match His idea of my good. And I’m still learning to not fear those who can only hurt the body, but not the soul and to only truly fear the one that can impact my body and my soul. With ya, girl!

  7. I suspect I’m the only one working on this right now, in July 2022. I thought today about how I could convince my church to let me lead this study for women on Wednesday nights. Or maybe I just try to organize it myself…. that sounds overwhelming. but this is so good! Thank you, Kari, for putting this all together.

    I’ve not seen the sermon organized this way before. Its makes a lot of sense to me. And to see how Jesus addressed all these aspects of how a Christian should live was a bit mind blowing. I’m so excited to get into this sermon.

    The pdf I found doesn’t have page numbers, so I’ve been using the “find” function in adobe to find those sentences Kari has us finish. Thought I’d toss that out for those who end up in this same boat!

    1. I’m praying there will be more and more women working through this study for years! And I know there are still plenty working through it, though they may not post here. You could totally do this yourself with other women. That’s how I did it! We are a group of five total and we’ve been working on it since the beatitudes. We have 9 more chapters to go! It has been such a blessing to TALK to others through this and get other perspectives, and to help apply and understand concepts that we might not have completely understood. I’d encourage you to pray about it, then if you feel led, just put the feelers out there and see if there’s an interest! Either way, keep posting, I love hearing from all the ladies working through this! (And buckle up for chapter 4!)

  8. Just completed week two and this time through I am reminded: all I am and all I have are His. I am to live my life with the continual awareness of Coram Deo – that I am living each and every moment before the face of and in the presence of Almighty God. And that I must by necessity view everything that happens to me in this world in light of who God is.

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