The Narrative of Jesus’ Life
The below account describes how John the Baptizer prepared the way for Jesus.
Excerpt from the Gospel
Mark 1:4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (ESV)
Sharing your Faith
- What about John gave him credibility as a prophet?
- Discuss the distinctions between John’s baptism and Jesus’ baptism.
- Considering verse seven, share about someone you know of who lives with humility similar to John the Baptizer.
Pray for One Another
Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.
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