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28 Days of Bible Study: Day 3

Updated: 6 days ago

The People of Saint James and The Gospel of Matthew

March 18, 2020

Step 1: Read Matthew chapter 3

Read: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+3&version=NRSV

Listen: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/mclean/niv/2Pet.1.4

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py2zZMiQYjA&list=PLcJVIuhI8isJJgv2R7PgPTFK5hpZSwckj&index=4

Visualize: https://www.stevethomason.net/studies/the-bible-bookshelf/loj/matthew/matthew-page-3/

Step 2: A little teaching...

The sense of the word "repent" is 'turn around.' It's like your heart should turn around.

John says, "Turn around! God is coming!"

Did you notice that John didn't want to baptize Jesus? He didn't think it was right.

Jesus insisted that it was necessary to fulfill all righteousness.

Step 3: Discuss, Doodle, Draw or Journal...

Then... "the heavens are opened, the Spirit descends and a voice speaks!"

Did you ever think that in this moment, God's Spirit (the Holy Spirit) was coming down to rest on (or in) Jesus? Is that what happens in our baptism? Does God say something to us or about us? Does God's Spirit descend onto us or into us? Are we changed?

What do you know about your baptism? When was it? Where was it? Who was there?

Step 4: Pray

Dear God, You speak and we are changed. Use my voice (our voices) to announce a blessing today. Amen.

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