Monthly Archives: June 2017

June 20, 2017 Psalm 100, John 1:19-51, Psalm 8, (16)

We start with a brief introduction to John the Baptist. He was clear about not being the Christ. We discussed immersion vs sprinkling in baptism. It seems that immersion was big about the time of Christ. The temple had an immersion vat. What about babies, can they accept Christ? Obviously not! But God accepts them. Pries says baptism for a dying baby is more for the parents. Baptism is a sacrament, therefore a ministry. What were the words John the Baptist used in baptism? Look at Mark 16:16. It says you must be baptized to be saved. Can you change baptism or can it change you. Is this the first mention of the spirit. John doesn’t baptized Jesus. What did the 10th hour mean? This is the first reference to Peter as the rock. What does it mean to know Jesus? John is very invitational and evangelistic. Is Christianity an exclusive club? Lutheran core is very concerned about what is being taught in seminaries. Are future ministers being taught about social ministry more than about the faith. Are they being taught less about the faith as taught in the Bible. What is included in acceptance of people with various identities such as LGBT, etc. How do you become a leader in a community if you haven’t been in a community. Is this a bad direction or is it not enough not to have a real focus on faith as the guiding principle. What was the background of Philip. Here is a link with information about Philip.¬†

June 13, 2017 psalm 69:1-18, john 1, psalm 69:19- 36, (19)

John is an upbeat book about the successes in Jesus ministry. We last read John in 2012. Pries gave an outline of the book. John starts off like Genesis does by saying “in the beginning…”. The first thing God created was the light and John picks up on this as he starts on the light of Christ ministry. Written at the end of first century. John is telling a story about the life and ministry of Jesus. Why the choice of the word word in the beginning of John. This goes back to logos the gnostic word that goes back to god creating the world. Maybe it is the vision of the beginning of the idea of God as distinct from the other gods who existed in that era. You could think of logos who thinks of all things. Hebrew has only about 10,000 words whereas Greek has 200,000 words thus talking in Hebrew is more direct ¬†because you have fewer words to express nuance. John writes about Jesus as the physical representation of God. John 1-19 is proving that Jesus is God for Missourians, show me. This is to take some of the godliness of John the Baptist. The first part of John starts us off with poetry about Jesus. Grace and mercy came thru Jesus and is a change from the God of the old testament. In olden times you had to be worthy of communion or forgiveness and therefore it was given only on special occasions. Now it is a fellowship meal.