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Firm Foundations. Lesson 33: God sent John to teach and baptize Memory verse: John 1:29. Introduction. How do you get someone’s attention? Mention something personally important to them God announced the coming Saviour through John the Baptist. John – God’s messenger.

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Firm foundations

Firm Foundations

Lesson 33:

God sent John to teach and baptize

Memory verse: John 1:29


Introduction

Introduction

  • How do you get someone’s attention?

    • Mention something personally important to them

  • God announced the coming Saviour through John the Baptist


John god s messenger

John – God’s messenger

  • Matthew 3:1-2 -- “Repent!”

    • Agree with God about sin

    • Prepare for the promised Saviour

    • James 2:10

  • John – the promised messenger for the Saviour

    • Isaiah 40:3

    • Matthew 3:3


John was a poor man

John was a poor man

  • He ate what he found in the wilderness

    • Matthew 3:4

  • Does God promise that His children will be rich?


Many believed john s message

Many believed John’s message

  • Matthew 3:5-6

  • Showed repentance & trust in God

  • Baptism does not save you


Scribes pharisees sadducees

Scribes, Pharisees, & Sadducees

  • Scribes

    • Copied God’s Word onto scrolls

    • Proud of their knowledge

  • Pharisees

    • Made and kept many “righteous” laws

    • Kept separate from “sinners”

    • Proud of their righteousness

  • Sadducees

    • Did not believe many Bible truths (angels, resurrection)

    • Tried to stay in good standing with Roman government

    • Wanted to remain position as leaders of Jews


John s words to the proud

John’s words to the proud

  • Matthew 3:7

    • God hates the proud!

  • Matthew 3:8

    • Must repent and prove repentance

  • Matthew 3:9

    • Thought their parents/family made them right with God

  • Everyone is judged individually

  • In themselves - nothing to boast about


The deliverer

The Deliverer

  • John 1:24-27

  • John was God’s prophet

    • Just a man

    • Saviour was much, much greater than he

  • Not worthy to be His servant


John baptized jesus

John baptized Jesus

  • Jesus was now about 30 years old (Luke 3:23)

  • Matthew 3:13-16

  • Did Jesus need to be baptized?

    • He was born perfect

    • He lived perfect

  • It was God’s command to all who accepted John as a prophet

  • Holy Spirit came to enable Him


What god said about jesus

What God said about Jesus

  • Matthew 3:17

  • God called Jesus His Son

    • He was a man

    • …but He was also God

  • God was pleased with Jesus

    • He did everything that pleased God

    • Jesus was without sin

    • Jesus was perfect in God’s sight


Jesus the lamb of god

Jesus, the Lamb of God

  • John 1:29

    • The Lamb of God

  • John 1:30-37

    • John now knew Jesus was the Deliverer!


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • What about us?

    • Do we need signs?

  • We have testimony of signs – the Bible!

  • Jesus Christ is the only Saviour


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