Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Calvin Fritchey - John the Baptist

Hebrews 11:1-2, 39-40
Good report: because of their faith
(36) Bonds and imprisonment can translate into a good report. 
(Luke 1:13-17, 41-44; Matthew 3:1-8, 11; Mark 11:1-15)
     1. Wonder of the womb
     2. Work of the ministry
     3. Wavering faith

1. Wonder of the womb (Luke 1)
Old people pray for a child.
     Pray for a miracle
     He was called before birth
(Isaiah 40:3) Jesus applies this passage to John the Baptist
(2 Timothy 1:9) We have a calling/purpose
     From before birth
(2 Thessalonians 1:5) Calling is to glorify Christ
     Are we walking worthily?
     (2 Thess. 1:10) Witness to others.
(1 Corinthians 7:17) Status is a calling/ministry.

2. Work of the ministry (Matthew 3)
Purity found in Luke 1:15 set him apart from the others.
(Proverbs 31:4-7) Wine and strong drink makes you forget the law.
     Impaired judgement
     Forget troubles
     Inspires anger
     Causes problems
     Impairs growth, physical and spiritual
          NOTE: Beer is included in strong drink.
(2 Timothy 5:22) Don't lay hands or partake in other's sins
     Don't drink
(2 Tim. 2:19) Be apart from iniquity.
     Willful disobedience.
Not afraid of the king
Not afraid of religious leaders
(2 Tim. 1:7) No fear or shame
Peculiar Presence (Mt. 11:7)
Not wearing a coat or tie.
He is not appealing to look at.

3. Wavering Faith
(Matthew 11) John's doubt
Gloomy place.
Scripture causes doubt to cease
(1 John 5)
Persecution Standing for God
(1 Peter 2:19-) Calling is synonymous with suffering.
He says it's thank-worthy.
Persecution, the question is: am I willing?
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