Mark 1:4-11 NIV
4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Which Way R You Pointing?
As I said last week, we are moving on from Christmas and bravely heading into 2018. As
we do, I want you to ask you a question, “Which way will you point in 2018?”
I will tell up front what I hope you will do, and what I am challenging us all to do. I
believe we should all point people to Christ in 2018. For several years now we’ve defined the
mission of Immanuel as - Making disciples of Jesus Christ by sharing faith, and serving others.
I believe we are living into that mission better and better. But if there is one area where we
could use some improvement it is this - sharing our faith with people who don’t know the Lord.
We share our faith with each other, to help us grow as disciples, and we’re getting better and
better at serving others - and that is great. But many of us still aren’t making much of an effort
- 1.01 07 2018: Which Way Are You Pointing? (Kelly McClendon)