Summary: A verse by verse exposition of Luke’s Gospel.
SERMON SERIES: “The Gospel of Luke”
SERMON #2: “Doubting Daddy”
(Sermon Expounds on vv.5-25)
OBJECTIVE: To show that when God says something, it can be trusted. He promised Zechariah a son, and Zechariah doubted. He has promised eternal life to all who believe in Christ. Doubt about that fact keeps many from yielding to faith and trusting in Christ. God is trustworthy.
INTRODUCTION: Welcome to our continuing study of Luke’s Gospel
Today I am going to focus on the subject of “doubt”
My primary goal of this sermon is for us to see, within this narrative, that God can be trusted absolutely – what He says will be accomplished, will certainly be accomplished – even if our finite minds cannot grasp exactly how it will be accomplished
The section of Scripture we are going to study deals with the announcement of the birth of John the Baptist, who was to be the forerunner of Jesus Christ
EXPOSITION: (Read the Passage and Explain)
The Ancestry of John the Baptist
[vv.5-7 “5There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 7But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years”]
a. His parents (Zechariah & Elizabeth) were from the priestly line of Aaron
b. His parents were both considered righteous in God’s sight
i. Righteousness before God comes by faith alone
c. The text also says that they kept the ordinances of God
i. It says they kept them “blamelessly”
ii. It is important to recognize that “blameless” is not the same as “sinless”
1. The phrase “blameless” used here indicates that no person could rightfully accuse them of any evil
2. They were exemplary and conscientious in the discharge of their religious duties.
iv. QUOTE: They were “righteous before God” because of their faith and “blameless before men” because their faith showed forth by their good works – They were a good example of the balance between faith and works that Christians are called to keep
The Attributes of John the Baptist
[vv.13-17 “13But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14And you wil have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”]