The Story of Jesus John Who Was Jesus' Forerunner (Lesson 04)
1. To help us grow in our knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18) we are studying "The Story of Jesus." 2. In this lesson we are examining passages that teach us about John who was Jesus' forerunner.
I. THE OLD TESTAMENT CONTAINS PROPHECIES RELATING TO JOHN
A. Isaiah 40:3 B. Malachi 3:1 C. Malachi 4:5-6
II. WE READ ABOUT JOHN'S BIRTH IN LUKE
A. (Luke 1:5-17) An angel announced John's birth to Zacharias and Elisabeth. B. (Luke 1:24-25) Elisabeth conceived. C. (Luke 1:57-64) John was born. D. (Luke 1:80) John grew.
III. JOHN HAD A SPECIAL MISSION
A. (John 1:6-8) God sent John to fulfill a special purpose. B. (Mark 1:1-8) John preached, baptized, and announced the coming of Christ. C. As he preached, John: 1. taught people how to live (Luke 3:10-14) 2. rebuked religious hypocrites (Matthew 3:7-12) 3. pointed people to Jesus (John 1:29, 35-37).
IV. JOHN BECAME DISCOURAGED IN PRISON (Matthew 11:1-6)
V. JOHN WAS HIGHLY COMMENDED BY JESUS (Matthew 11:7-15)
VI. JOHN'S DEATH IS RECORDED IN MATTHEW 14:1-12
VII. JOHN'S BAPTISM IS NO LONGER VALID (Acts 18:24-28; 19:1-7)