After completing the Advent Sermon Series, we return to the Lectionary as our guide. In preparation for worship each Sunday, be sure to refer back to this post each week and reflect on the readings and questions / comments. Then, let us gather on The Lord's Day to sing, pray, listen, and commune with our Holy and Loving God.
|Photo of Statue in Germany by Andreas Praefcke via Wikimedia Commons|
January 11, 2015
Read Genesis 1:1-5 along with Mark 1:4-11 and consider the following:
- Do you notice a common theme between the two texts? If so, what?
- How might you describe John the Baptist to someone who is un-churched?
- How might you explain the importance of baptism to someone?
|"Calling of Samuel" by Joshua Reynolds via Wikimedia Commons|
Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and John 1:43-51.
- A theme common to the Old and New Testament readings is being called to do the work of our Abba Father. What does this mean to you?
- What derogatory remark does Nathanael make about Jesus' potential?
- What is the invitation Philip offers to Nathanael?
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Read Jonah 3:1-5 along with Mark 1:14-20 then respond to the following:
- What is the entirety of Jonah's "sermon" to Ninevah?
- What happens as a result of Jonah's final obedience to God?
- In the reading from the Gospel of Mark, Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee. What happens beforehand?
- How might this be significant?
As always, I look forward to being with you in worship. Until then, may each day and each week be filled with courage, wisdom, and blessing upon blessing.