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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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