We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. So put together it means to have a new mind or “to change ones mind” which is “to repent”. He had had quite a ministry. A good way to illustrate this is to see the first two parts of faith — knowing and agreeing — as being like going to an airport, watching people get on airplanes, and seeing the airplanes take off. This is not about just information anymore, this is about life transformation. Life will change for - 1. The scenery is a part of it, but what they really like is to take their beloved vehicles cornering around a steep hillside and powering up a hill to see a whole valley open up for miles of color and splendor. You come to know from God’s Word the truth about Who Jesus is and what He has done for you. The King of Kings who will is coming to claim his people as His own and judge all those who would rebel against his rule. In fact, it seems to be quite a sad ending to the ministry of John. And many did, but, John’s message of repentance was not always accepted or appreciated (. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. It’s about Jesus. The third part of faith, relying, is like you boarding an airplane. You are relying on him. We can't... OPEN: A little girl wanted to get baptized but her mother wanted her to attend some classes to make sure she knew what she was committing herself to. They must have felt at times like God was displeased with their lives. Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? MT 3:1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Repented of your sin and your efforts to save yourself? This is the point where you stake your life, now and for all eternity, on that the truth of Jesus. That is how important the role of the forerunner was. But Elijah didn’t identify himself, he just delivered the message that the evil King would surely die. They were too powerful and too good at covering their wrongdoings - but in the prophetic power that God had given John - he saw them for what they were and called them out on it. Change your mind about these terrible things because the Kingdom of God is at hand. That is how important the arrival of the King was. To have a hand in our “Boldly proclaiming the message of the Gospel” here. Remembering that we are only responsible to “Boldly proclaim” the message. We might call this group the. This week life as we know it will change for much of our congregation because school starts back. Prepare your messages about John the Baptist with sermon outlines or an entire sermon series. You agree with God’s testimony and admit, “What God says is true.” This is one of the primary ministries of the Holy Spirit. Not like anything we ever have to deal with in Christian circles today. John’s message some 2000 years ago is just as true for us today as it was for the people in his day. The are going to come up frequently in Jesus’ story as we continue in our. On one occasion, they tried to trap Jesus with this hypothetical question based on Moses’ command for a man to take his brothers widow as his wife if he were to die. part of faith is about learning who Jesus is and what He has done to save us from the Word of God. So while they looked extremely pious on the outside, secretly they were violating God’s law as sure as the people they were condemning for not abiding by their “practices”. Once Paul explained the significance of the Holy Spirit, they were all baptized in the name of Jesus, receiving the Holy Spirit. And what was John trying to get the people to have a “new mind” about? One time these Pharisees came to Jesus to complain that Jesus’ disciples where not washing their hands in the right way. JOHN THE BAPTIST “Living Holy in a Not So Holy World” Mark 6:14-29 Who said the Bible is boring? In front of me lay the Cumberland Valley, well-watered, like the garden of the Lord. And of course Jesus had his run-ins with these leaders as well. It has more plots and subplots than an episode of NCIS or a John Grisham … Then they presented this impossibly rare scenario where seven brothers all died in a row and so this same woman became the wife of each one down the row. our message of repentance is not about us. They had decided to add their own “practical applications” to the law. Jesus made it clear that repentance and faith or “believing the gospel” are like opposite sides of the same coin. and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. He concludes his ministry in a prison. You Repent. There are certain days that stand out in people's lives, and baptism is one of them. Luke gives extensive detail of the conception and birth of John the Baptist, and the first witness of John to Jesus, leaping while he was still in the womb. and lastly, and probably most importantly... John’s message of repentance was about Jesus, not about Himself (. First in a series of sermons based on the personalities involved in the beheading of John the Baptist. I'm talking about the WIN SCHOOL! part of faith comes as the Holy Spirit convinces you of the truth about Jesus. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! In fact, it appears that Jesus picked up right where John left off - because the corrupt religious leaders arrested John first. He was much more than just the guy who showed up right before the King and announced his arrival. We might call this group, On the other side, there was a group teaching that a plain understanding of God’s law just didn’t go far enough. How would you describe it? John is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, and this fact is recorded in each of the three Gospels who talk of this New Testament Prophet John and his ministry. That why the Bible says. It's one of the gifts our parents give us - they name us. Oh, how I pray you have! In Matthew’s account, John the Baptist just appears on the scene. Our mission here at Friendship Church is to Communicate the Life giving message of Jesus Christ and we would love for you to be a part of that in some way. And of course, his message was not the only thing unique about John’s part in Jesus’ story. This person was responsible to lead the people into investing in significant changes in their lives in order to be ready to receive their King. You'll write powerful and fresh messages every week with our preparation tools on a number of sermon topics, including expository preaching. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. That is repentance. They knew that if they were going to successfully rule over the 113 provinces they had conquered, then they would need to be able to quickly transport messages, governors, and ultimately their military through to these places. They go together because if you believe that Jesus is the Lord who saves, you have changed your mind (repented) over your ability to handle things on your own. And so they hated him and his message of repentance and eventually, just like they did to Jesus, these leaders conspired to have John killed as well…but we will talk about that later. You see these men were the religious leaders that were born out of the 400 years of silence between the last prophet of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are the two ordinances of the church. Our sermon ideas on John the Baptist will help you preach a powerful message. Biblical repentance and faith is just like this. A responsive act to identify the new mind that God had given them. Crazy times, right. Needless to say, it was a memorable experience. Have you done this? When you study the conclusion of the life of John the Baptist is certainly does not seem to be the conclusion of a successful ministry. By observation, you come to know that these big winged objects can carry people thousands of miles at amazing speeds; and you agree that it happens all the time. series - but their presence doesn’t linger on very long after Jesus’ ascension. It’s another thing to get on a plane yourself. Understand God's Delays are not God's Denials The Godly Parents of John (Luke 1:5-13) Zacharias and Elizabeth were barren. So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. This is a dangerous time because we're so hungry for acceptance that we'll say and do things we don't really want to say or do just to be included.