Rev. Jim supplied this – he will be doing the January Bible Study.

     Mahatma Gandhi, the non-violent Indian revolutionary, was not a Christian, though he enjoyed finding common themes held by different religious peoples, especially Hindus, Muslims and Christians.  He often urged people of these great faiths to read each other’s sacred texts, rather than take up arms against each other.  His recommendation  to Muslims and Hindus was to read Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” in the Gospel of Matthew in order to better understand Christians, and to appreciate some of their core teachings.

     At our January 24 Bible Study we will look at the opening portion of the Sermon in Matthew 5:1-12, but also survey the rest of the Sermon, up though the end of Chapter 7.  The Sermon has many familiar parts, including the opening “Beatitudes” , and then a series of teachings that follow the formula of “You have heard it said … but I say to you”, in short, contrasting the Christian path with the usual ways of the world. 

     So, bring your Bible, bring a friend, bring your New Year’s resolution to take the Bible more seriously, and let’s see what Jesus has to say about you, our church and the world around us!  It’s a conversation, not a lecture, so all kinds of questions (and answers!) are welcome. 

     Our Bible Study, with the start of the New Year, is now a twice-monthly experience.  On the second Tuesday of each month we are invited to a Bible Study at the North Bergen Presbyterian Church.  The North Bergen experience will also include a book, “The Walk”.  If you are planning to attend please let me know so that the North Bergen folks will have enough books to share. 

     So remember the pattern, 2nd Tuesday at North Bergen and 4th Tuesday at Byron.  [Rev. Jim Renfrew]