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. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/the-apostle-philip-biography-life-and-death/