Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Don’t forget our lake party on the 8th. It will be a great time and great opportunity to introduce a friend to our group.

Tuesday we discussed John 3:22-30.

Why were John’s disciples upset?

“And they came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him. ‘”

Bob pointed out that they were more concerned than upset. Jesus ministry was growing and John’s was declining — what did John intend to do about it?

Dan L. said that it is human nature to want to stay in a ‘comfort zone.’  John’s disciples believed in John and wanted to see his ministry grow. Jesus ministry represented a threat to the status- quo.

Chris added that the disciples would have been loyal to John and concerned for how Jesus success would effect John.

Jed said that they may have been concerned that Jesus would teach something contrary to John’s teaching. They wanted to make sure the truth was protected. This Jesus was new to the scene and hadn’t spent time learning from John.

We agreed that it is easy to become loyal to or protective of a ministry or church. We need to be sure that our ultimate loyalty is to Christ.

What does John’s response teach us about discipleship?

“John answered, ‘No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him. He who has the bride is the bridegroom; the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full. He must increase, but I must decrease.'”

Butch said that the first step to discipleship is to realize that it isn’t all about you.

Terry added that John could have been teaching about money. Everything we have comes from Christ.

Bob said that this text is a great litmus test of our faithfulness both individually and corporately. Everything we do as individuals and as a church must point people to Christ.

Jack stated that John was not saying that his ministry was over. He was saying that from that point forward Christ would be growing in John. May that truly be said of us all.

Next week Luke 7:18-23. Consider the following questions:

1) Why does John send his disciples to Jesus? Doesn’t John know who Jesus is?

2) Why doesn’t Jesus just say who he is?

3) What do you think John does when he hears Jesus response?

See you Tuesday.

John

One response to “Tuesday Morning Recap”

  1. Jack Miles says:

    Looking forward to learning more about the “Baptizer” and the impact the lesson will have on my faith walk. See you all tomorrow.