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We Are Beloved

Lesson: Luke 3:15-17 and 21-22


There are few stories in the New Testament that make it into all of the gospels, but the story of Jesus' baptism is one of them. In one form or another, this story appears, with Jesus coming to John to be baptized, and when Jesus comes up out of the water, the heavens open and the spirit descends like a dove, and they hear the voice of God proclaiming Jesus as the Beloved Son. Agapetos; that's the Greek word for beloved that pops up all over the New Testament. Agape is the unconditi