Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Yesterday we continued our series on John the Baptist with a discussion of Luke 7:24-28.

“What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.'”

1) What was John’s mission?

Jed said John was preparing the way for Jesus. Everything John did was designed to introduce people to Christ.

Bob added that John wanted to prepare people to accept Christ. It was then up to them to grow in Christ.  It was never about John. It was all about Jesus. Bob feels that John’s mission is now our mission.

Sam stated that John was humble. He had every right to look down on people but he didn’t. John’s humility was a large reason for the success of his ministry.

Grady noted that John refused to give in to convention. He didn’t care what those in power thought about him. He only cared about pleasing his master.

2) What does John teach us about being a disciple of Christ?

Dan L. said we need to be totally commited to Christ.

Todd admitted that this is difficult. While Todd believes he is doing better in this regard he doesn’t believe he will ever be perfect.  The Apostle Paul wrestled with the same thing. He couldn’t understand why the evil that he didn’t want to do was the very thing he did. It was because he was human and so are we.

What can we do to continue to improve?

Bob said we must rely on the Holy Spirit. “He who began a good work in us will complete it.”

We must also be intentional about obeying God’s commands. Not in just the big things but the little as well. We all agreed that Carl was a perfect example of this obedience.

Sam said that anamials need to eat to survive. We must continually seek and feed on the word of God.

3) What is the reward of the disciple?

“I tell you, among those born of woman none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”

Heaven is our reward. The Apostle Paul tells us that the human mind is incapable of understanding what God has prepared for those who love Him.

Next week Luke 1:57-66. Consider the following questions.

1) What does this passage add to your understanding of John?

2) What does this passage teach us about how God works in the lives of His people?

3) What do you think John’s neighboors thought was in store for John?

See you Tuesday.

John

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