• Malachi 4:4-5

Luke 3 – John’s message

  • Luke 3:1-15 – 15th year of Tiberius Caesar (14-37 AD)
  • Luke 3:2-3 – John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 1:4).
  • John was about to disrupt the Jewish culture in Judea like had never been seen in centuries.
  • It is a tremendous mistake to tell people you won’t have to do much to become a Christian.
  • You will have to change everything about how you think and see the world around you (continuous).
  • How much of my time/talent/money do I give to God?
  • Rather, how much of God’s stuff should I keep?

You must disrupt your comfort zone

Following Jesus will totally disrupt your view of personal accountability.

  • These people were clearly and powerfully told that their old Jewish life was of little value in their new walk with Jesus (like many good people today).
  • Luke 18:9-14 – The Pharisees and tax collector.
  • The gospel will completely blow up your view of a “good person.”
  • I Peter 4:12-19 – Judgment will begin with us.
  • Ezekiel 18:4, 30-32 – I am the way I am because of how I was raised. “I will judge each man according to his works.”
  • It doesn’t matter who your parents were.
  • It doesn’t matter how you were mistreated or wronged in your life.
  • Stop blaming your current mistakes on past events.

Righteousness works from the inside out, not outside in.

  • Following Jesus cannot be just a religious ritual, or an old habit. You cannot defeat the devil with that alone (Luke 18:14).

Stop thinking that going to church occasionally will get you to heaven. That is outward, not inward.

  • Galatians 2:20; 5:24 – Conversion to Christ is called being crucified.
  • II Corinthians 4:16-5:24 – “The love of Christ controls us.”
  • Romans 7:9-8:18 – Only following Jesus Christ can disrupt my life in a way that has value to Jesus Christ.
  • Romans 8:31-39 – The end.