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John the Baptist (Luke 3:1-20) - 1/22/23

INTRO

  • The ministry of John the Baptist

  • Preparing the way for Christ

  • The need to of the people… repentance

The Man- vv. 1-2

  • God’s perfect timing (A.D. 28/29)

  • 400 years since the last prophetic voice

  • Rulers/Leaders listed, but notice that a faithful servant was given the Word.

The Message – vv. 3-14


The Content – vv. 3-6

  • At the Jordan

    • Earlier, Israel was baptized as the crossed over to take the physical kingdom.

    • Now, they are returning to be baptized for the spiritual kingdom.

  • Baptism of repentance

    • From the OT purification (Cleansing/Renewal)

    • Pointing forward (IT IS COMING)

    • Today… points to a new life (NOW)

  • Repentance

    • A sorrow that leads to change

    • From – To

  • As it is written

    • Isaiah 40:1-5

    • Make straight.

    • Mountains/Valleys

    • Doing all that is necessary for the coming KING.

The audience – vv. 7-9

  • Brood of Vipers

    • Snakes coming out of a burning field.

  • Bear fruit worthy of repentance

    • Called to be the people of God, but you are living differently.

    • Ax – judgement is coming.

The response – 10-14

  • What shall we do?

    • LIVE DIFFERENTLY

    • LIVE RIGHT

The Mission – vv. 15-20

  • Pointing the way

  • A mightier one is coming.

  • Unworthy to tie sandals

    • Sovereign King

  • Baptize with Fire

    • Judge. Purify

  • Winnowing fork

    • Gather & scatter

  • Good news

    • More than just judgment

    • Savior that brings Good News

    • Seek and to Save

    • Give life and life more abundantly.

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