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

INTRO

  • 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?
    • LIVE DIFFERENTLY
    • LIVE RIGHT

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.

Luke 1:57-80 “John’s Birth and Zechariah’s Praise

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec 18th.  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 1:57-80 – John’s birth and Zechariah’s praise

Intro

  • It has been ninth months since the announcement
  • John the Baptist is born
  • The forerunner has arrived

The Birth of John the Baptist – vv. 57-66

The time had come – v. 57

  • God’s purpose/plan/providence

The Lord has shown mercy – v 58

  • The physical/temporal – Elizabeth finally has a child
  • The Spiritual/eternal – Christ’s forerunner is born

GREAT MERCY UPON HIS PEOPLE

His name IS John – v. 63

  • Zechariah has not spoken for 9 months
  • He could not wait to utter these words

The Praise of Zechariah – vv. 67-80

Praising God for the coming of THE SON – vv. 67-75

Filled with the Holy Spirit – v. 67

  • Filled in the womb – Luke 1:15
  • Elizabeth filled – Luke 1:41-43

The Blessings of the coming Salvation

Comes from God – v. 68

  • Visitation

Redeems His people – vv. 68-69, 71- 72, 74a

  • Redeemed
  • Raised up a horn of salvation
  • Saved from our enemies
  • Show mercy
  • Remember the Holy Covenant
  • Delivered from our enemies

Fulfills His promise

  • Spoke by the holy prophets

Brings forth everlasting worship and communion – v.74

  • No fear
  • Holiness and righteousness
  • MORE THAN JUST GOING TO HEAVEN.  REAL PURPOSE IN LIFE IS LIVING EVERY MOMENT FOR GOD’S GLORY.

Praising God for the coming of his son – vv. 76-80

HE IS POINTING THE WAYHE WILL TELL PEOPLE

Jesus is coming – vv. 76

  • Most High
  • First, but not the most significant
  • Prepare His way
  • Not in the LAW BUT IN GRACE

Sin is the issue – v. 77

  • Forgiveness of sin
  • The issue then and now

God’s mercy is the solution – v. 78

  • Tender mercy of our God
  • Sit in darkness
  • Guide is in the light
  • Way of peace

Luke 1:5-25

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Nov 27th.  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 1:5-25 – Pointing the way… John the Baptist

INTRO

  • The preparation…
  • The coming of Christ is taking place
  • The announcement of the birth of John the Baptist
  • The messiah is coming

Zechariah and Elizabeth – vv. 5-9

  • Their character
    • Righteous before God
    • Walking blamelessly in God’s statues and commands
  • Their circumstances
    • No children
    • Society would have questioned their obedience to God
  • Their calling
    • Once in a lifetime for priestBoth faithful and serving…IN SPITE OF CIRCUMSTANCES
    • Altar of incense. Prayers lifted up to God
    • Serving = Do what the Lord has called us to do

Gabriel’s presence and Message – vv. 10-17

  • Do not be afraid – v.  13
  • Your prayer has been heard – v. 13
    • You will bear a son
    • You shall call him John
  • You will have joy and gladness
    • Many will rejoice at his birth
  • He will be great before the Lord
  • He will be filled with the Holy Spirit
    • Even from his mothers womb
  • He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord
  • He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah
    • Turn hearts
    • Make ready =for the Lord a people prepared

This is the FIRST VOICE OF GOD SINCE MALACHI…over 400 years.

Zechariah’s Reaction – v. 18

  • How shall I know this
    • He is standing before Gabriel?????
    • Has he forgotten about Abraham and Sarah?????
  • Before we judge… we must remember that no one is perfect.  He obviously was a righteous man that was serving the Lord.
  • A better question should be…. WHAT ARE WE DOUBTING ABOUT WHAT GOD?

Gabriel’s Closing Words – vv. 19-25

  • I am Gabriel
  • I stand in the presence of God
  • I was sent to speak
  • You will be silent until…

CONCLUSION

  • Redemptions History… all points to the Gospel
  • Over 400 years of silence… Gabriel speaks.
    • The forerunner is part of redemption history
    • A bridging of the Old and the New
  • Altar of incense
    • Must be holy – set apart
    • Our prayers to God… only by priest
  • JESUS FULFILLED…. on through Christ
  • THE LORD HAS DONE – v. 25
  • John the Baptist is pointing to the holy one
  • His message will be repentance
  • Their sin…. the need of forgiveness
  • The need for a HOLY ONE

Luke 1:67-79 – “Zechariah’s Prophesy and Praise”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec. 12th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon at TAB YouTube.  You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 1:67-79

INTRO

  • After the birth of John the Baptist.
  • Zechariah was mute, but now is able to speak
  • His first words were a praise to God for that He has done. v. 67
  • Then he prophesies about the forerunner and the Savior
  • His words point to the greatness of God’s grace and mercy

Empowered by God… He brings forth praise and prophecy

  • Filled with the Holy Spirit – v. 67
    • Empowered by God
    • Authoritative

God has provided THE redeemer – vv. 68-73

God has visited – v. 68a

  • God came to man
  • It was personal to him

God has redeemed His people- v. 68b

  • Delivered them
  • Made Them His own

God has raised up a victor – v. 69-71

  • Knew John and Jesus we the promise of the Messiah
  • horn of salvation. Conquering King
  • Psalm 132:17 – There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. (ESV)

God has been faithful – vv. 72 – 73

  • Promised to our fathers
  • The fulfilment of His promises
  • God did what He said He would do.
  • God’s plan was always His plan.
  • From Gen. 12 till now.

God has established a NEW relationship – vv. 74-75

Delivered from our enemies

  • Restored and renewed (Gen 1)
  • Personal and New

SO THAT… might serve without fear

  • Worship and Service
  • In holiness and righteousness
    • Because of the righteousness of Christ.  (Veil torn)
  • Before Him
    • Worship due to our relationship.
    • For all days

God has ushered in a NEW day – vv. 76-79

  • John the Baptist is ushering in a NEW DAY.  (New Covenant)
  • He is the forerunner of the Messiah
  • Malachi 3:1 – “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. (ESV)
  • Malachi 4:5 – “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. (ESV)

This new Day brings with it:

  • THE ALREADY AND NOT YET – FUTURE GLORY IS NOW, YET NOT FULLY
  • Isaiah 60:1-3 – [1] Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. [2] For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. [3] And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (ESV)
  • v. 77 – the knowledge of salvation in the forgiveness of sins.
    • Spirit will come to convict and point to Jesus.
    • Provide true forgiveness.
  • v. 78 – Because of God’s tender mercies.
  • v. 79 – given a new light
    • To give light to those in darkness.
    • The darkness of the Old.  The light of the New.
    • To Guide one’s feet in peace
      • Peace with God
      • Peace with others
    • Provide the hope and direction of a new WAY of life.

Luke 1:67-79 – [67] And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, [68] “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people [69] and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, [70] as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, [71] that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; [72] to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, [73] the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us [74] that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,[75] in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

[76] And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, [77] to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins [78] because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high [79] to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (ESV)