January 3, 2021
Hey, Grace’rs,

Happy New Year! 

For our FAITH5 experience this year we’re going to slowly read through the Gospel of Mark. Each week we’ll look at 10-15 verses and I’ll provide a few questions to ask as you spend time each day on the passage or parts of the passage. 

If you haven’t yet worshipped with your Grace family you can do so either on Facebook or YouTube

If you are new to FAITH5, here’s how it works.

Set aside 5-10 minutes at the end of the day and do the following by yourself, with those in your household, or even with family/friends online:

Share…1 high and 1 low from the day.

Read…Mark 1:1-15

This is the beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, 2 as the prophet Isaiah wrote:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you.
    He will prepare your way.”
“There is a voice of a man who
    calls out in the desert:
‘Prepare the way for the Lord.
    Make the road straight for him.’” 

4 John was baptizing people in the desert. He preached a baptism of changed hearts and lives for the forgiveness of sins. 5 All the people from Judea and Jerusalem were going out to John. They told about the sins they had done. Then they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothes made from camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey. 7 This is what John preached to the people: “There is one coming later who is greater than I. I am not good enough even to kneel down and untie his sandals. 8 I baptize you with water. But the one who is coming will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9 At that time Jesus came from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the place where John was. John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. 10 When Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven open. The Holy Spirit came down on him like a dove. 11 A voice came from heaven and said: “You are my Son and I love you. I am very pleased with you.”

12 Then the Spirit sent Jesus into the desert alone. 13 He was in the desert 40 days and was there with the wild animals. While he was in the desert, he was tempted by Satan. Then angels came and took care of Jesus.

Talk…Here are several questions you can ask each week as you talk about these verses:
1) What does this passage say about Jesus?
2) What issue or need does Jesus address?
3) How did people respond to Jesus and his message or   actions?
4) What might God be saying to you/us through this passage?
5) How will you/we respond?

Pray…for each other. For our world. For our church. For our family and friends.

Bless…each other by making the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads and say: The LORD Bless You and Keep You.

(FAITH6—Sleep well!)
Tim Wright
Pastor, Community of Grace Lutheran Church
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