This past Sunday, I was able to get back into the pulpit. We returned to our study in Mark’s gospel. We looked at part one of a two part message on “Preparation for Ministry.” Jesus was first of all prepared for ministry through Obedience. We examined His Affirmation of the act of baptism. Why was Jesus, the sinless Son of God baptized? We then saw His Anointing by the Holy Spirit and His Acceptance by the Father. We don’t believe that baptism saves us. We are saved by grace through faith, not of works. Because we are not saved by baptism, there is a tendency to pass baptism off as just some kind of religious ritual that really isn’t that important. Jesus, by His example at the Jordan, affirms the importance of baptism. This is a practical message that encourages each one of us to first of all obey God, but to specifically obey God in baptism. You can listen to this message by following this link or visit our sermons page.