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This book looks at Pharisaism, alive and well today in many evangelical churches, through Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart.
Age of the child I gave this to:. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Apr 27, Rick Dugan rated it really liked it. Rather than rating the book as a whole, I'll rate each of it's 3 parts: Understanding Pharisaism: 4 stars.
Understanding the Sermon on the Mount: 5 stars. Using the Sermon on the Mount to Defeat Pharisaism: 2 stars. In the first section, Tyra provides an excellent history of how the Pharisees came into being, their distinct beliefs, their role in Jewish society at the time of Jesus, and the points of contention between Jesus and the Pharisees.
In this section he also provides a brief history of evan Rather than rating the book as a whole, I'll rate each of it's 3 parts: Understanding Pharisaism: 4 stars. In this section he also provides a brief history of evangelical religious systems, and how we can tend toward Pharisaism.
There are interesting parallels between synagogue and church, teacher of the law and pastor, law and Bible. The second section Tyra argues that the gospel of Matthew, and specifically the Sermon on the Mount, was written to remind first century disciples of the difference between Pharisaical discipleship and discipleship to Jesus. Judaizers, and religious Christians since then, have been tempted to turn discipleship into a system of spiritual certainty.
Tyra asks the question, "Could it be that at the heart of historic Pharisaism there existed not simply a concern for integrity but also an inordinate need to be certain, to be in control, to be able to determine precisely who was pleasing to God and who was not? Tyra demonstrates how Jesus targeted the heart while the Pharisees focused on ritual. Additionally, the Pharisees had put the law at the center of their spirituality. For contemporary Christians, the subtle deception of Pharisaical religion is that it replaces commitment to a Person with commitment to a book, tradition, or sub-culture.
On the surface Pharisees look like the true and committed believers.
Pharisaical religion sells. Lastly, Tyra provides a curriculum for using the Sermon on the Mount as a disciple making catechism within the local church. His summary of Barna's four observations regarding disciple making churches is helpful, yet he implies that the primary responsibility for discipleship is in the hands of the church leaders, the context for discipleship is the local church, and the process is a program. In my opinion, Tyra's recommendation to use the Sermon on the Mount as a disciple-making curriculum doesn't go far enough.
It remains a church-centered, Bible-centered discipleship in contrast to the relational, Spirit-led discipleship that Jesus practiced.
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A better application of the first two sections would have focused on making disciples the way Jesus did rather than the content of his teaching. Though Jesus taught in the synagogues, the synagogue isn't presented in the gospels as the primary place where discipleship happened.
How can we recover disciple making that happens at weddings, in homes, while walking down the street or crossing a lake in a boat? The first two sections are very important for anyone who believes discipleship should be at the heart of what it means to be a Christian.
Skip the last section and instead, spend some time in the gospel of Matthew learning from the life of Jesus how he made disciples. While putting these things into practice yourself, then use the Sermon on the Mount as the topic of conversation with your family, your neighbors, your colleagues. This book helped me see the Pharisaical tendencies in my own life and tribe.
It also reminded me that discipleship to Jesus will often result in confrontation with those who claim to follow him. Good book. Jun 06, Bill rated it it was amazing. An excellent book with solid ideas on the spiritual malaise affecting American evangelical churches and how to address it. Tyra goes a little overboard trying to prove irony and anti-Pharisaism in every nook and cranny of Matthew. Every verse doesn't have to contain these themes to make them relevant to the interpretation of the book.
Buy the print edition. The Kindle formatting was awful. I don't know how a publisher can An excellent book with solid ideas on the spiritual malaise affecting American evangelical churches and how to address it. I don't know how a publisher can produce a product like that.