StoneBridge Community Church
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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St. John the Baptist Preaching (detail), c. 1665, by Mattia Preti

The Text in Context

Bob Deffinbaugh, "John's Joy and His Disciples' Jealousy (John 3:22-30)" From the series That You Might Believe" A Study of the Gospel of John.

What is Advent?

"Advent is a season observed in Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming." Wikipedia article.

Who Was John the Baptist?

This post from the Zondervan Academic website is adapted from Clark H. Pinnock’s article on John the Baptist in the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gary Burge’s online course on the book of John.

Your Sin Is Not What You Think

John Piper, "Your Sin Is Not What You Think: The Gospel Coalition, May 18, 2016.

Genuine Repentance

Jared Wilson, "Genuine Repentance" The Gospel Coalition, March 18, 2014.

An At-Home Humility Test

Dave Harvey, "Moral Agency and An At-Home Humility Test" The Gospel Coalition, August 5, 2017.

James Tissot (1836-1902). "St. John the Baptist Sees Jesus from Afar" (detail). The Brooklyn Museum

1. We each have…
1. We each have a part to play in the plan of God.
For Reflection/Discussion: What is Advent and why is it important? Why is it important to remember that Advent is not about the coming of Christmas but about the coming of Christ— past, present, and future? Who was John the Baptist? What part does he play in the New Testament? In what ways did the lives and ministries of Jesus and John the Baptist overlap? What was Jesus' opinion of John? What was the content of John's preaching? How do you define or think of sin? What is the difference between sin and sins? What evidence of sin's power do you see in the world? In your own life? What is repentance? Why is repentance a necessary but not sufficient part of our salvation? Why do we tend to be more aware of other peoples' sins than our own? In what way does that ironically demonstrate our sin and need for forgiveness? What part do you believe that you have to play in the plan of God?
2. It is an important…
2. It is an important part, but not the central role.

Detail of Matthias Grünewald's John the Baptist on the Isenheim Altarpiece on display at the Unterlinden Museum at Colmar, Alsace, France.

John the Baptist in Art (video series)

The National Gallery, London produced a ten-part video series called St. John the Baptist: From Birth to Beheading in which Professor Ben Quashor King’s College joins Dr. Jennifer Sliwka, curator of art and religion at the National Gallery, for a stroll through the museum and nearby sites to discuss works of art in which John appears. —Victoria Emily Jones, "John the Baptist at the National Gallery, London" Art and Theology website, June 20, 2016.
For Reflection/Discussion: Why might John have been mistaken by some people as the Messiah? How did John respond to those who wondered if he was the Messiah? As we saw in our last series, Jesus makes seven great "I Am" statements in the Gospel of John. Here John makes an important statement that begins with the words "I am not…" Why is it important for us to know, as John knew, that we are not the Messiah and that that role is reserved for Jesus? What is one way to identify paintings of John the Baptist? How does that visual clue reinforce the big idea in this message?
3. Our common calling as Christians is…
3. Our common calling as Christians is to magnify Jesus.

The Source of Joy

"Complete joy comes only in the consistent lessening and death of self for Christ." An excellent article applying today's text to our lives, from Walking Together Ministries.
For Reflection/Discussion: What is our common calling as Christians? How do you magnify Jesus in your life? What others ways might you do so? In what ways can ambition, jealousy, social posturing, control, and ego compromise our ability to magnify Christ? Why is participating in worship an irreplaceable part of magnifying Jesus? What lessons can we learn from the example of John the Baptist? How can you magnify Christ more during the busy holiday season?

The first Sunday of each month provides an opportunity to serve North Hollywood's homeless and hungry. Your time and/or contributions are much appreciated. If volunteering isn’t an option, consider donating food, money for supplies, or cold weather items (old ski suits, jackets, etc.). Contact Vanna Martinez @ 805-231-7645.

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