Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Remember to pray for Rick.

Tuesday we concluded our series on John the Baptist. Next week we begin a series on the difficult saying’s of Jesus. I think this will be a series that will generate some good discussion.

We ended our John the Baptist series at the beginning of John’s life.

“Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son … And fear came on all their neighbors.  And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, ‘What then will this child be?’ For the hand of the Lord was with him. ”

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

Todd said that John was chosen by God for a special purpose.

Jed added that that John was set apart for special service.

John was a Levite. He was born to do what his father Zechariah did — represent the people before God.  However, John was destined to be more than a priest and more than a profit. Jesus said “This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.’ I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John…”

The same can be said for each of us. We are called to introduce people to Christ. We have been equipped with gifts that allow us to carry out our mission. And like John we must remember that it isn’t about us — He must increase and we must decrease.

2) What does John’s life teach us about how God works in the lives of His people?

God doesn’t promise the road will be easy only that it will be worth it.

If you could have asked those who watched John grow what would happen to John most would have said he would serve God in a mighty way but how many would have foreseen the suffering. He lived a life of hardship. At the height of his ministry most of his disciples abandon him. He is arrested for speaking the truth and murdered by a conniving woman. However, if you could ask John today if it was worth it I believe he would say “absolutely!”

At the time of John’s death Herod appeared to have won. John has been in heaven for more than 2000 years and but for his association with John Herod would be forgotten.

Remember the words of Christ “what good does it profit a man to gain the whole world but forfeit his soul.”

Next week  Luke 10:10-15. Consider the following questions:

1) Why are these cities condemned?

2) If  God is a God of love then why would he punish those who don’t believe?

See you Tuesday.

John

 

One response to “Tuesday Morning Recap”

  1. Jamie says:

    Don’t you think it a little spooky how much our Joe looks like John the Baptist? Totally could be his Halloween costume.