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John 1:19-34 – A witness for Jesus Christ

My sermon notes from Sunday, March 12th as we continue our study through The Gospel of John. Remember, these are my study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net.

 

John 1:19-34 – A witness for Jesus Christ

 

John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus Christ.  His purpose was to point people to the coming of “the Lamb of God.”  We may not think our life is as important as John the Baptist, but we are called for a special purpose.  We are called to “make disciples of Jesus Christ.”  (Matt. 28:18-20)  Therefore, we are a type of John the Baptist.  Our life should also be a witness that points people to Jesus Christ.

Does your life point people to Christ?

Is how you live and speak encouraging people with the hope of the Gospel?

 

Consider How You Live – vv. 19-28

Our Life – WHO ARE YOU?

The religious leaders knew something was different about John.  He was willing to live different from others so that he could fulfill his calling.

 

He was a man of Character and Integrity – vv. 19-22

 

They thought he was:

 

John the Baptist lived the life.

 

Evangelism starts with consecration not presentation.

 

How is your life?  How often to people ask you….WHO ARE YOU?

Do you live different from others around you?

Do people act more like you over time or do you act more like them?

 

He was a man of Purpose and Mission – vv. 23-28

John was not concerned about himself, but rather he was pointing people to the coming of Christ.  His sole purpose in life was about Jesus Christ.

We are so worried about our job, our kids, our sports, our hobbies, and our future.  These may be good things, but the best thing is realizing we are here to MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR HIM!

Jesus is the Word, but John was the Voice.  He pointed people to JESUS

JOHN’S MISSION WAS SIMPLE:

v. 23 – Encourage life change. REPENTANCE.

In the wilderness…make straight…the way (OT back from Exile to Jerusalem)

 

Pharisees would have been wondering…Why do we need to repent?  We are Jews.   Like today….Why do I need to repent?

 

v. 24-25 – stand firm in the face of opposition

 

v. 26-28 – stay the course….the Gospel…Jesus.

 

Is your mission as John’s.

  1. Do you encourage life change?
  2. Do you stand firm in the face of opposition?
  3. Do you stay the course?

 

They did not know HIM

 

 

Consider the Jesus You Share – vv. 29-34

Our message – Who do we point people to?

WHO IS JESUS? – (Get Jesus Right)

 

It seems at times that everyone has their own definition of what it means to be a Christian.  It appears we can create our own understanding of who Jesus is.

 

John got it right.  WE NEED TO GET IT RIGHT.

 

He is Savior… that takes away our sin

He is Sustainer….that guides and rules our life

 

SAVIOR – Forgiver of your sins – v. 29

 

SUSTAINER – Ruler and sustainer of your life – vv. 30-34

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