Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
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“As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming…”
On Sunday, we took time and created space.
Space for doubt.Space for questions.
Space for theology – thinking about God.
We don’t have all the answers, but making space for these things is a significant part of doing life together as a community of faith.
Because it was a Sunday in which the church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, we began our time together there.
Baptism is the foundation of our faith. It’s where the ministry of Jesus begins, and it is where our own life of faith begins as well. And yet, no matter how many times we hear the promises given to us in baptism, we get caught up in the “shoulds” and “have-to’s.” It’s hard not to, when our whole culture is all about this very thing. But baptism is pure gift. God comes to us, claims us and calls us beloved children. Nothing we do beforehand or after that moment can ever change the promise that we’re given.
Yet questions persist.
The grace of God comes right up against the ways of this world, and so we create space. Space to ask questions, to wonder together about how this might work for us as followers of God. Our questions matter. They matter to each other, to our community of faith, and to God.
So we’ll keep at it.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Do you know when you were baptized? If yes, what can you do to remember it on your baptism date? If you don’t know when you were baptized, try to find out! (If you weren’t baptized, and you want to receive this great gift from God – we can help with that!)
2. What are some of the questions you have about baptism?
3. Why do you think it’s important to keep asking questions?
We don’t have to know it all. We don’t have to be afraid to ask.
Start a conversation with a friend, family member, or pastor by asking them about something you’ve always wondered about this week.