Today’s Passage: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Opening Prayer: Father God, as Christians, we stand ready to show You we are eternally grateful that Your grace has led us to make a decision to follow Jesus Christ. Following Jesus has opened a way for us to have a meaningful relationship with You. Praise Your holy name! While we often feel the burdens of living life, we will trust the Holy Spirit to guide us, grow us, and enable us to make wise decisions. May the Holy Spirit continue to speak to us every day. May our hearts be open to receive all that You have chosen to reveal to us through Him. These things and more I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Opening Song: Francesca Battistelli – Holy Spirit (Official Music Video)
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “What Made Him Do It?” by Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday
Jim Somerville preaches a sermon from Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, for Baptism of the Lord Sunday. In this largely autobiographical sermon, Somerville tells the surprising story of his own decision to be baptized, and wonders what made Jesus get up from wherever he was and whatever he was doing and start down the road toward the Jordan River.
Closing Song: Newsboys – We Believe (Official Music Video)
Closing Prayer: Heavenly Father, while we know many things in this world are uncertain, what we know and believe about You, Your truth, and who we are in Christ Jesus are clear. Thank you Father God, Lord Jesus, and blessed Holy Spirit; we believe! May we live this new life, that You have given us, for You. May You continue to show us how to act in a way that brings glory to Your name. May we serve You, and only You! Amen.