Church of the Living God
Bible Study Lesson
Presenter: Overseer Ennis F. Tait
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Series: Great Expectations
Scripture Reference: Matthew 3:1-12
Focus Verse: Matthew 3:1-3
Today’s Discussion: “Internal Affairs”
The lesson aim is to validate the process that God uses to bring HIS plan to fruition. More importantly, the earthly ministry of Christ was preceded by the courageous work of John the Baptist. God used John’s ministry to release a new dispensation for living a life pleasing unto God. (References: Romans 12:1)
The next few weeks will be critical to our understanding of living in the will of God. Before the church can evangelize the lost, we must address the internal concerns that have caused many to question the authenticity of the “kingdom of Heaven”. (Reference: Matthew 6:10)
Interestingly, Matthew’s account of John’s ministry lays the foundation for a heavenly guided succession plan. The ministry of John the Baptist is the 2nd crowning jewel in God’s master plan for spiritual reformation upon the earth. Parenthetically, God released the blue prints for this New Testament work to the Prophet Isaiah regarding the work and path of John the Baptist. (Reference: Isaiah 40:1-8) Subsequently, John’s method and message would serve as the precursor to the impeccable work of the Lord Jesus on the cross.
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
- Preaching -
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- Repent –
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3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
- Prepare –
- Way –
- Paths -