Questions for the Baptism of our Lord (Sunday, January 13th)
- All of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) clearly see a difference between the baptism of John and ‘baptism in the name of Jesus’ (Acts 2:38). How would you describe the differences between John’s baptism ‘with water’ and the baptism of Jesus, which is ‘with the Holy Spirit and fire’ (v. 16)?
- Fr. Jonathan said in his sermon that the New Testament understands baptism as a rite that really and not just symbolically gives us divine life and makes us into his body on earth, the church. Read through Romans 6:3-4; 1 Cor 10:1-4; Titus 3:5; and 1 Peter 3:18-22 — do you agree with Fr. Jonathan’s interpretation of these passages? Why or why not?
- Fr. Jonathan said that baptism is both a comforting and a terrifying reality, because it means that our lives are no longer our own. If you and your community group were to take seriously the call to remember our baptism, to live by the story of Christ and to value his church more highly than the other communities of which we are a part, what would change in your lives this week? In 2019?