Why Mary Matters


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 Mary
by Kelli B. Trujillo

Leader’s Guide
How to use “Why Mary Matters” for a group study.

Venerate Mary?
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

Hail Mary
Exploring various portrayals of Mary in Christian history and art
by David Lyle Jeffrey

His Mother
Learning from Mary
by Elva McAllaster

Additional Resources
Books to help you further.

Total number of pages - 59 pages

Format: PDF


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