The Gospel for this coming week - Baptism of our Lord - January 7 - comes from Mark. Pastor Walt leads two weekly discussions of this preaching text.
On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.
Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.
You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the Christmas story.
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”