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Summary: John the Baptist was the prophetic forerunner to Jesus Christ heralding the One who is coming to save the world from sin.

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“John the Baptist:

The Prophetic Forerunner”

Matthew 3:1-6

A. The MESSENGER. (v. 1) Malachi 3:1; Luke 1:13-17

1. The PERSON. (v. 1a) Luke 1:13-17, 80; John 1:6

2. The PURPOSE. (v. 1b) Matthew 28:18-20; John 1:7-8

3. The PLACE. (v. 1c) Luke 3:1-2

B. The MESSAGE. (vv. 2-4) Job 42:6; Ezekiel 18:30-32; John 3:3-5

1. The ADMONITION. (v. 2) Luke 3:3; Mark 1:4; Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3, 5; Acts 2:38; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 2 Peter 3:9

2. The AUTHENTICATION (AFFIRMATION). (v. 3) Luke 3:4; Isaiah 40:3-6; John 1:23; Isaiah 57:14-15; Luke 1:76

3. The APPEARANCE. (v. 4) Mark 1:6; 2 Kings 1:8; Malachi 4:5

C. The MINISTRY. (vv. 5-6) 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 1:23; Acts 16:31; 17:30

1. The ASSEMBLY. (v. 5) Mark 1:5; John 12:32; Acts 2:42-47

2. The ACKNOWLEDGMENT. (v. 6) agree + admit + accept 1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Acts 2:38-39


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