This past weekend we continued our series “Power in Preparation” at Eastbrook Church by looking at the appearance of John the Baptist near the Jordan from Matthew 3:1-12 and how this sets the stage for Jesus. John is an extraordinary character in the gospels, whose life and preaching is incredibly challenging.
You can view the message video and outline below. You can follow along with the entire series here and the devotional that accompanies the series here. You could always join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” (Matthew 3:1-2)
John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-4)
- The kingdom of heaven
- The voice (Isaiah 40:3)
- The prophet (2 Kings 1:8)
The Wilderness (Matthew 3:1, 5-6)
- Old Testament backgrounds: Jeremiah 2:2-3; Hosea 2:14-15; Ezekiel 20:35-38
- Turning from self to God
- Stripping and judgment
- Purification and renewal
Brood of Vipers (Matthew 3:7-10)
- Pharisees and Sadducees
- Fruit in keeping with repentance
- True children of Abraham
- The tree about to be cut down
The One to Come (Matthew 3:11-12)
- More powerful and even greater
- A baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire
This week dig deeper into the life and ministry of John the Baptist in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize John’s message in Matthew 3:2
- Set aside some time this week to read Matthew 3:1-12 again. Then write, draw, paint, or pray aloud your own response to this series of events in Jesus’ life.
- Read more about John’s life in the following passages:
- Luke 1:5-25, 39-80
- Luke 3:1-20
- John 1:6-8, 19-34
- John 3:22-36
- Matthew 11:1-19
- Matthew 14:1-12
- Mark 6:14-29
- Matthew 17:11-13; 21:32
- Explore Bible maps related to the life and ministry of John the Baptist here.