Summary: God gave us John the Baptist as an example on how to have a powerful witness.
Text: Matthew 3:1-17
ETS: This passage details the early ministry of John the Baptist.
ESS: God gave us John as an example of a powerful witness.
OSS: God’s people will be effective witnesses.
PQ: What are the characteristics of a powerful witness?
Title: A Powerful Witness
I. The lifestyle of a powerful witness (vv1-17)
A. He gives a verbal proclamation of the Gospel (v1)
B. He was bold with his proclamation (v2 & vv7-12)
C. He knew who he was (John 1:19-23)
D. He fulfilled his ministry (Luke 1:13-17 & 3:1-6)
E. He was not like everyone else (v4)
F. He is not afraid to confront sin amongst God’s people (vv7-12)
G. He always points others to Jesus (vv13-17 & John 3:22-30)
II. The Message of a powerful witness (vv1-17)
A. There is a need for repentance (v2 & Luke 13:5)
B. Christ is coming (v3 & Revelation 22:20)
C. Religion does not save (vv7-9 & 2 Corinthians 3:5-6)
D. A day of reckoning is coming (vv10 & 12)
E. Jesus is the way (vv11 & 13-17)
F. Baptism is important (vv13-17 & Romans 6:3-5)
III. The influence of a powerful witness (vv1-17)
A. They reach their area with the Gospel (v5)
B. They impact their government (Mark 6:17-29)
C. They are praised by Jesus Christ (Luke 7:24-28)