Luke 7:18-35 – “From Doubt to Faith”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, June 25th.  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 7:18-35


  • John is in prison and sends messengers to Jesus
  • Are you the one?
  • Doubt and true faith
  • When we have doubts.
  • Keep believing and trusting the Gospel

John’s Apprehension – vv. 18-23

Are you the one – v. 20

  • The forerunner of Christ
  • Preaching repentance.
  • Currently imprisoned. Matthew
  • Doubt and discouragement

Doubt is not unbelief

  • Moses – Numbers 11:10-15
  • Elijah – 1 Kings 19:1-12
  • Jeremiah – Jeremiah 20:7-9; 14-18
  • Paul – 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

Tell Him what you have seen and heard – v. 22

  • He did not REBUKE him but REMINDED him what he already knew
  • The words and deeds of Christ
  • The working and miracles of Jesus

Blessed is the one who is not offended – v. 23

  • Not “scandalized”
  • Do not fall for it
  • Keep trusting.
  • Remember who you are
  • Remember who Christ is

Jesus’ Affirmation – vv. 24-30

John was:

  • Not wavering in the wind – reed in the wind
  • Not living in luxury – soft clothing
  • A prophet – seeing the Messiah in person
    • Not from a distance (OT prophets)

It was not John the person, but rather JOHN’S FAITH that made him the person he was.

Yet, today (NEW COVENANT) BELIEVERS ARE GREATER! Our faith in the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. – v. 28

  • John was greater as prophet because he got to see Jesus.
  • We are great today because we get to experience the redemptive work of Jesus!

Jesus’s Accusation – vv. 31-35

Children playing a game – v. 32

  • Not happy when you should be
  • Not sad when you need to be.
  • Fickle. Never satisfied.

Lack of faith was the problem – vv. 33-34

  • The did not believe John
    • Believe and be baptized
  • The did not believe Jesus
    • Believe and follow

Wisdom is justified by all her children – v.35

  • Wise unto salvation – 2 Timothy 3:15
  • Justified-Right
  • Children. Follower of John and Jesus




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