The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, given to us for our instruction in God’s ways (1 Corinthians 10:11); we are called to read, learn, study, and meditate on them to become fully developed followers of Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us on that journey, using some or all of the resources below.
Collect for The Second Sunday in Advent (Sunday 6 December 2020):
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your Holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Study Questions for Mark 1:9-20
- Did Jesus have any need for John’s baptism? (see 1:4) If not, why do you think he was willing to volunteer for it?
- What is the basis of the Father’s expression of pleasure in his Son? (v. 11)
- Why would the Father allow his “beloved Son” to be tempted by Satan in the wilderness?
- What is the difference between Jesus’ message in verse 15 and that of John? (vv. 4-8)
- What might be some reasons why Simon, Andrew, James and John would so willingly and so quickly leave their vocations to be with Jesus?
- What one thing is God telling you he wants you to surrender to him as you reflect on this passage?
The Jesus100 Readings for the Week are:
Prophecies About a Savior
The Pierced One: Zechariah 12:1-13:9
God With Us: Isaiah 7:1-25
The Jesus100 is a Bible reading plan in which participants can read and reflect over the course of a year on 100 of the most significant Bible passages about Jesus – who he is, his righteousness and justice, his love and care for sinners, and what he has done for us in dying and rising again to life.
60 Days of Psalms – A guide to praying through the entire Book of Psalms in two months.