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Music……………………..Worship Team
Get Up
Welcome……………………….Bill Butler
The River
Message………………Gilbert Thurston
Prepare for Jesus
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Dismissal………………………Bill Butler

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Prepare For Jesus - January 13, 2019

While they were living in Nazareth, John the Baptist began preaching out in the Judean wilderness. His constant theme was, “Repent…turn from your sins… turn to God…for the Kingdom of Heaven is coming soon.” Isaiah the prophet had told about John’s ministry centuries before! He had written, “I hear a shout from the wilderness, ‘Prepare a road for the Lord—straighten out the path where he will walk.’ ”John’s clothing was woven from camel’s hair and he wore a leather belt; his food was locusts and wild honey.

-Matthew 3:1-3

From Jerusalem and all Judea and from the Jordan River Valley crowds of people went to John. They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptized them in the river.

-Matthew 3:5-6

My problem isn’t the things about Christianity that I don’t know. The problem is the parts that I do know but yet .

But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. You bunch of snakes! Who warned you to run from the coming judgment? Do something to show that you have really given up your sins. And don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, if God wanted He could create children of Abraham from these very stones.   Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees.

-Matthew 3:7-9

I baptize you with water so that you will give up your sins. But someone more powerful is going to come, and I am not good enough even to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

-Matthew 3:11

Jesus left Galilee and went to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John kept objecting and said, “I ought to be baptized by you. Why have you come to me?” But Jesus said, “Please do it, for I must do all that is God’s will”. So John agreed to baptize him. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. Then heaven opened, and he saw God’s Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him.”

-Matthew 3:13-17

Religion is spelled , Christianity is spelled .

4 Baptism Facts:

1. Jesus that I be baptized.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

-Matthew 28:18-20

2. Baptism to others that I have put my faith in Jesus and that I’ve repented of my sins.

3. Baptism is something I must for , not something that was to me.

4. Baptism, if at all possible, should be by .

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Who is the strangest person you ever met? Why do you think John was considered weird?
2. John preached a message of repentance. Why do you think he stressed this? In what area(s) do you need to repent?
3. In this message Gilbert talked about the Ministry of Substitution.  How does this impact you?
4. Have you been baptized? If so, share with the group the impact it had on you. If no, why not?
5. What is your next step as a result of this message?