Epiphany 1: Sunday Scriptures

January 7, 2018 all-day

Epiphany 1: The Baptism of Our Lord (Mark 1:7-11)

Is 42:1-9; Ps 89:1-29 or 89:20-29;  Acts 10:34-38; Mark 1:7-11



Week 1 – “Being precedes doing

  1. John proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me…” (Mark 1:7)
    1. How was Jesus’ power made manifest? (Consider in particular Sunday’s reading from Isaiah 42:1-9)
  2. John taught that “[Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8)
    1. What is baptism in the Holy Spirit?
    2. How does a person get baptized in the Holy Spirit?
    3. What, if any, are your experiences of this?
  1. Jesus was baptized by John (Mark 1:9)
    1. Why do you think Jesus was baptized?
  1. At Jesus’s baptism, ‘A voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”’ (Mark 1:10-11)
    1. In what ways does “Being” precede “Doing”?
    2. Is this true in your life?
    3. Do you think of yourself as “Beloved”?