City Walk Reading Site #1

This is Mark 1:11 as read on the Urban Seed “Encountering Melbourne” City Walk from the Collins Street Baptist Church Sanctuary.

Fair Dinkum Mark

© Gill/Dyer 1991/1998/1999

1.1   The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2  As it stands written in Isaiah the prophet:

“Look I am sending my messenger before you,

he will prepare your way;

3  A voice of one crying in the desert:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

clear a straight path for him.’”

4  John the Baptizer appeared in the desert preaching a baptism of turning about for the forgiveness of sins.  5  All the Judaean country and all the Jerusalem people were flocking to him and were baptized by him in the wilderness confessing their sins.  6  John normally wore a camel hair coat with a leather belt around his waist and usually ate locusts and wild honey.  7  And he was preaching, saying, “After me comes one who is mightier than I, I am not even worthy to bend down and untie the straps of his sandals.  8  I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

1.9  And it happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  10  And the moment he came up out of the water he saw the heavens ripped apart and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove.  11  And a voice came out of the heavens, “You are my dear Son, with you I am really pleased.”

Questions Include:

What do you see, hear, smell….feel in a place like this?  What do you discern?  What are the first words that spring to mind?

In what ways is the space constructed as a religious space?  How does its design reflect what people believe or emphasise ‘a way’ of Encountering God ?  How is the space designed in order to help you encounter God?

Today you have travelled from to edges to the very centre of our city?  What is the movement at the start of the gospel story?

In biblical times the Temple, located in the centre of Jerusalem on the city mount was understood to be God’s footstool.  A place constructed/designed to give you a special experience of spirituality/God. Where is the revelation of God experienced at the start of the gospel story.  Centre or Margins…?

If on our walk around Melbourne you were to see a man preaching, wearing camel hair and leather, what might you discern?

In the gospel story Nazareth is another way of saying “nowhere’sville”.  If you live in (insert name your town here….), Where is ‘Nazareth’? What elements makes it so to you?  What is it you are saying about that place/ your place?

When did you experience God in people or places you least expected?