Luke 3:1-20: John The Baptist
I) John's Role
A) He was outside the political and Jewish religious ______________.
B) John was a ______________ called by God to preach repentance.
C) He is to _________________ the way for the Messiah.
D) John attracted all kinds of people.
II) John's call for repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
A) John doesn’t pull any punches with the Jewish __________ leaders.
1) Snakes were associated with _____________ against God.
2) John warns them that their Jewish ____________ won’t save them.
3) True _____________ (which bears fruit) is the only thing that can save them from God’s judgement.
B) What is true repentance?
1) It begins with the Holy Spirit __________ believers of their sin.
2) When a believer repents, they _____ toward God and away from their love and trust of sin and self.
3) The believer trusts Christ’s ____________ on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.
4) This faith is what saves us from God’s ____________.
5) Because of a lifelong struggle with our sin nature, repentance must be a _____________ process for believers.
C) The Fruit of Repentance:
1) ______________ toward others especially those in need.
2) Treating others __________ and fairly.
3) Being ________ and not taking advantage of our power or authority.
III) People's Response
A) Some _______________John’s call and repented.
B) Others took __________________.
C) How will we respond?
1) What sins do we need to admit and repent of?
2) What areas of fruit do we need to develop?
The act of repentance does not have the power to take away our sin. Forgiveness comes only through Christ and his cross. But unless we repent we will never be forgiven, because only people who are sorry for their sins will ever admit they need a Savior. Philip Ryken.