I was looking to add some variety to my devotional reading of the Bible and decided to pick up a copy of John Stott’s little book on the Sermon on the Mount. It has been a rich blessing.
God used John Stott (1921-2011) in great ways as a Bible teacher. His knack for making difficult concepts accessible and clear is legendary. His commentaries on the Bible remain a widely used resource for leaders and laymen alike. In this volume, Reading the Sermon on the Mount with John Stott excerpts from his commentary The Message of the Sermon on the Mount are selected and put into sections suitable for short, daily readings. Following each set of six readings, there is a discussion guide. I’ve found this beneficial to consider in my own devotions, but doubtless, it would be ideal for group study as well. The introduction to the study also provides readers with a suggested guide for how to lead a study well.
Stott reminds readers of the importance of studying this section of Scripture when he writes, “It describes what human life and human community look like when they come under the gracious rule of God.”
Reading through this volume has been challenging and refreshing for me. I was looking for some variety in my own reading, and this was perfect. It’s not too long and not too short. It’s punchy, clear, and instructive. I’m glad I found it.