"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. ”
Chapter 1: Unpacking the Mystery in Mystery - Examines mystery and types of spirituality. Chapter 2: God's Mysterious Presence - explores God's presence in the mysteries of pain, death, and the end of time. Chapter 3: The Holy Spirit - explores the idea and reality of God's Spirit Chapter 4: Spiritual Formation - explores spiritual formation as a basis of one's relationship with God Chapter 5: What are Spiritual Disciplines? - examines several practices that help us connect with God. Chapter 6: How Am I Supposed to Worship? - Examines the meaning of worship as a way to praise God and to receive from God. Chapter 7: Put It All Together - Reexamines the link between spiritual growth and God's love.
This study is part of the 20/30: Bible Study for Young Adults series.
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