Luke 3:1-20 – “John the Baptist”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 22nd.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 3:1-20


  • The ministry of John the Baptist
  • Preparing the way for Christ
  • The need to of the people… repentance

The Man- vv. 1-2

  • God’s perfect timing (A.D. 28/29)
  • 400 years since the last prophetic voice
  • Rulers/Leaders listed, but notice that a faithful servant was given the Word.
  • Matthew 3:4 – Camel hair and leather belt
  • 2 Kings 1:8 – A picture of Elijah (Malachi 4:5)

The Message – vv. 3-14

The Content – vv. 3-6

  • At the Jordan
    • Earlier, Israel was baptized as the crossed over to take the physical kingdom.
    • Now, they are returning to be baptized for the spiritual kingdom.
  • Baptism of repentance
    • From the OT purification (Cleansing/Renewal)
    • Pointing forward (IT IS COMING)
    • Today… points to a new life (NOW)
  • Repentance
    • A sorrow that leads to change
    • From – To
  • As it is written
    • Isaiah 40:1-5
    • Make straight.
    • Mountains/Valleys
    • Doing all that is necessary for the coming KING.

The audience – vv. 7-9

  • Brood of Vipers
    • Snakes coming out of a burning field.
  • Bear fruit worthy of repentance
    • Called to be the people of God, but you are living differently.
    • Ax – judgement is coming.

The response – 10-14

  • What shall we do?

The Mission – vv. 15-20

  • He quicky clarifies that He is not the Christ
  • He is merely pointing the way
  • A mightier one is coming.
  • Unworthy to tie sandals
    • Sovereign King
  • Baptize with Fire
    • Judge. Purify
  • Winnowing fork
    • Gather & scatter
  • Good news
    • More than just judgment
    • Savior that brings Good News
    • Seek and to Save
    • Give life and life more abundantly.

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