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Point to Jesus

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Disciples of Jesus know themselves ().
They know who they are not ().
They know why they are ().
Disciples of Jesus know their motivation and mission ().
The Jews question John regarding his motivation for ministry.
When you’re a disciple of Jesus, people will ask why you do what you do and why you are the way that you are (1:25).
It’s important, therefore, to have an answer.
John replies that his motivation and his mission is to prepare the people for the coming Messiah.
Disciples of Jesus know their Master ().
John recognizes who Jesus is as He approaches (1:29), He is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.”
What Lamb of God indicates ().
John (who is the only author in all of Scripture to refer to Jesus this way) is referring to texts in the OT and pointing to some in the NT (): ; ; ; , , , .
John does not fully realize the significance of what He is saying ().
What “takes away the sin of the world!” indicates ().
Jesus’ perfect life, death, and resurrection is sufficient for all but efficient for His chosen people ().
“The world” does not indicate every person without exception but rather every person without distinction. Everyone without distinction means that Jesus died for all kinds of people from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation. Meaning, Jesus is not just the Lamb who was slain for Israel’s atonement but for the Gentiles as well, for you and for me ().
John admits that he did not fully understand/ know who Jesus was originally but then God reveals it to him later ().
What it means for the Spirit to descend like a dove ().
What it means that the Spirit descended on Jesus and remained ().
What it means that he baptizes with water but Jesus baptizes with the Spirit ().
Like John, we don’t immediately recognize who Jesus is. It is an act of God to take off our spiritual blinders and understand who Jesus is and what He has accomplished.
Disciples of Jesus know their message ().
John is with his disciples ()
John sees Jesus, who is on the move, and points to Him, saying “behold the Lamb of God ().”
John’s two disciples hear him and they leave him to follow Jesus ().
Introduction:
Good morning Faith Community Church. It is my great honor and joy to be here with you this Sunday morning. I’ve never preached in front of this many people before. I’m nervous. If you’re not already, pray for me.
Can I just start by gushing over you as a church for a second? Not to try and butter you up but because this may be my only chance to ever do so in this kind of setting and I want you to know something... my family and I came to Faith in January and we have been nothing but blessed by you since then.
Tim and Lori and the other elders and their wives have displayed such humility and faithfulness to us. I knew this was going to be our home church when after the first service, I looked at Hannah and said, I want to be like Tim when I get older.
We’ve been so blessed to be here and to be a part of the Coleman’s small group, led by our fearless leader Mike, who is always first in line for dinner, making sure that the rest of us aren’t poisoned. He really takes one for the team. But seriously, our small group has loved us well, you have loved us well, and we thank God daily for you.
I have served in the military for over 10 years now. I was an Active Duty medic in the Air Force for 8 years and then got out to pursue my MDiV here at Midwestern. I went into the Reserves and in then in August, I crossed over from blue to green and became an Army Reserve Chaplain. In the military everything we do is given to us as a mission. And within a mission there are objectives, which when met help us to accomplish our mission successfully. My mission today is to glorify God by preaching the Word to you and Tim gave me two objectives.
I have served in the military for over 10 years now. I was an Active Duty medic in the Air Force for 8 years and then got out to pursue my MDiV here at Midwestern. I went into the Reserves and in then in August, I crossed over from blue to green and became an Army Reserve Chaplain. In the military everything we do is given to us as a mission. And within a mission there are objectives, which when met help us to accomplish our mission successfully. My mission today is to glorify God by preaching the Word to you and Tim gave me two objectives.
My first objective is to share with you about the missionary ministry to the military we are going into and then my second objective is to preach.
Cadence...
At the heart of our ministry to the military is discipleship and at the heart of biblical discipleship is Jesus. The second objective Tim gave me this morning is to bring you a word from the Lord. I mean, that’s why you’re here, right? You’re not here to listen to me but rather to hear a word from the Lord. Tim said that he will usually preach a sermon that is very practical for the New Year, something like the importance of reading your Bible.
As I prayed about what God would have me say, I couldn’t get away from discipleship. So this morning, my purpose in preaching this passage of Scripture from , is to show you what it means for you to be a disciple of Jesus and what that means for those around you. We’re going to look at 4 truths every disciple of Jesus knows. We’ll see first that...and then I’m going to give you two very practical actions you can do starting today to grow as a disciple of Jesus.
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