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The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry
February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
On the first week of Lent, we study Mark 1:9-15, the beginning of the earthly ministry of Jesus. Notably, the passage begins with the Baptism of Christ, in which the heavens are “torn apart” and the Spirit descends on Jesus. Then Jesus is tempted in the desert. And then, after his return, he begins to proclaim, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the Good News.”
It’s interesting that this passage includes not only the first words we will hear Jesus speak in the Gospel of Mark, but also the baptism and temptations. Why is that? How are baptism and temptation separately part of ministry and the proclamation of the Good News? How does that equation apply to those of us who are baptized now, and called, as all Christians are, to be proclaimers of the Gospel?
Join us at the South Street Cafe at 5:30 on February 14 to learn together!