In our efforts to differentiate ourselves from these unbiblical approaches to Mary, we’ve swung the pendulum too far the other direction. Lest people think we worship Mary, we hardly talk about her. We study, read about, and discuss biblical heroes like Hannah, Esther, Ruth, or Mary (of “Mary and Martha” fame), but rarely give our attention to the one woman, out of all the women on the planet throughout all of human history, whom God chose to bear and raise his son, Jesus. If any woman in Scripture deserves our attention, she does! Thankfully, one time a year (at Christmas), we do draw our attention to Mary. In our hearts, we journey with her to Bethlehem. We wait by the manger. We, too, ponder the miracle and treasure it in our hearts. We at Kyria have created this download to help you consider Mary’s story in-depth—no matter what time of year! Read the articles, think through the Reflect questions, explore what God’s Word says. Our hope is that you’ll be challenged and inspired by Mary’s godly character and her example of faith and submission to God.
A collection of Bible-based articles and resources to use for yourself or with a group of other women.
Introduction: Singing of Mother MaryTotal number of pages - 59 pages
by Kelli B. Trujillo
How to use “Why Mary Matters” for a group study.
One conversation with a Catholic friend has stuck with me through the years
by Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence
Whose Child is This?
Does belief in the Virgin Birth really matter?
by Richard Longenecker
Recovering a Protestant Mary
Beliefs about Jesus' virgin mother vary, but her example of trustful devotion has lessons to teach all Christians
Interviews with J.I. Packer, Thomas Oden, and Timothy George
Exploring various portrayals of Mary in Christian history and art
by David Lyle Jeffrey
Learning from Mary
by Elva McAllaster
Books to help you further.
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