9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” 12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
As we look to Mark’s account of Jesus’ baptism, we see all three members of the Trinity present—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. At the very foundation of everything that exists is a God who is relational and not in need of anything because He is perfectly fulfilled in Himself.
At His baptism we see the Spirit clothing Jesus with power while the Father clothes Him with loving words of acceptance. But why was Jesus baptized? Ultimately, Jesus says it was to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14). Jesus not only died for our sin on the cross, he also lived a perfectly obedient life so that when our faith is in Him we are counted righteous in Him. In Christ, your sinful debts are forgiven and His righteousness is credited to your account.
Directly after His baptism, Jesus is driven into the wilderness by the Spirit so that He could be tempted by Satan in every way. He battles Satan’s attacks by quoting the Scripture and trusting God’s Word. Why was Jesus tempted? Hebrews 4:14-16 says He was tempted so that he could sympathize with our weakness, help us, and say “no” to sin and “yes” to God in every way as our perfect substitute.
1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Mark 1:9-13 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?
At the very foundation of everything that exists is a God who is relational and not in need of anything because He is perfectly fulfilled in Himself.
2. God the Father, Son, and Spirit have eternally existed in relation to one another. What does this tell us about what it means to be created in “the image of God”?
3. God has wired you to know others and be known by others. How does this challenge your view of how you should live? What does it say about what you need? What does it say about what you need to do for others?
4. If God isn’t in need of anyone or anything, why do you think He created the world and us? How is that different than what you would think a typical understanding of God is?
In Christ, your sinful debts are forgiven and His righteousness is credited to your account.
5. Why are both Jesus’ death for sin and life without sin necessary to reconcile us to God?
Directly after His baptism, Jesus is driven into the wilderness by the Spirit so that He could be tempted by Satan in every way. He battles Satan’s attacks by quoting the Scripture and trusting God’s Word.
6. Read Matthew 4:1-11. Satan knows the Bible and will try to get you to misunderstand or misapply it to your destruction. What does this tell us about the importance of studying and memorizing the Bible? What does Jesus using Scripture tell us about the best way to fight temptation?
- Monday, January 26th, a Community Group leadership training will begin in Checotah. If you are currently a Community Group leader or are interested in being trained to plant and lead a group one day, this training is for you! 7pm. Ekklesia Checotah Building (Gentry Cinema). Lead by Pastor Nate.
- Sunday, February 1st, there will be an Ekklesia Kids meeting directly following the worship gathering. Anyone who is currently volunteering in Ekklesia Kids or interested in volunteering is requested for this meeting. Pizza will be provided for lunch, as well as childcare.
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