"The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Ministry of John the Baptist
3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the desert of Judea announcing, 2 “ Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven! ” 3 He was the one of whom Isaiah the prophet spoke when he said:
4 John wore clothes made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
5 People from Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and all around the Jordan River came to him. 6 As they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River. 7 Many Pharisees and Sadducees came to be baptized by John. He said to them, “ You children of snakes! Who warned you to escape from the angry judgment that is coming soon? 8 Produce fruit that shows you have changed your hearts and lives. 9 And don’t even think about saying to yourselves, Abraham is our father. I tell you that God is able to raise up Abraham’s children from these stones. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and tossed into the fire. 11 I baptize with water those of you who have changed your hearts and lives. The one who is coming after me is stronger than I am. I’m not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 The shovel he uses to sift the wheat from the husks is in his hands. He will clean out his threshing area and bring the wheat into his barn. But he will burn the husks with a fire that can’t be put out. ”
In Synago, Senior High youth find a place among friends who come together to worship and to learn. Each study in the series provides 16 sessions for student-led small groups and includes the necessary information for setting up and maintaining healthy cell groups. Student Journals should be used by all participants.Small-Group Sessions include: New Year, New YouThe SequelIn God We Trust? (Trusting God When Everything's on the Line)What a Hypocrite!Sleeping With the Enemy (Destructive Relationships)Practicing the Presence (Looking for God Encounters)Have a Good CryLaugh Out LoudThe Party's Over? (The Deal With Drinking)Beyond Belief (The Journey of Discipleship)"Dirty Pictures": God, Sex, and Media"Holy Ghost, Batman!" (Exploring the Mystery of the Holy Spirit)Gear for the Road (Checklist for the Faith Adventure)
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