In this (the 6th part of a 9 part Bible Study series on the "I am" sayings in John's Gospel) Jesus tells a peculiar parable. In this parable, he implies that the people of God are like a sheep pen- that is, a walled inclosure providing shelter and safety to the flock. Jesus goes on to explain that he himself is the GATE to that sheep pen. What does Jesus mean by this? That's what we will explore in today's Bible Study.
In today's sermon, Coralie takes a deeper look into the well known story of Jesus turning water into wine during the wedding in Cana of Galilee. She poses three very important questions, each of which are worth reflecting upon: 1. Do we invite Jesus to be a part of everything in our lives- not just the hard times but even the celebrations? 2. Do we point struggling people to Jesus? 3. When we pray, are we willing to do what God tells us to do?
Our culture encourages an obsession with identity. "Who am I," we often ask, "in light of my race, ethnicity, economic background, sexual orientation and so on?" Today's reading from Mark's Gospel (the story of Jesus' baptism) is all about identity; specifically, the identity of Jesus. Who exactly is Jesus? What does God the Father say about him? How is his identity shaped by what he does? The story of Jesus' Baptism also encourages us to contemplate our own identity in light of Jesus. How does Jesus' identity shape and define whom we are? That's what Terence will be exploring in his sermon on Mark 1:4-11 (the story of Jesus' Baptism).