Your king arrives in humility(click HERE for study notes) (Luke 3:7-14)Hakan Granberg, November 28, 2010
Part of the Exposition of Luke series, preached at a Sunday Service service
Håkan Granberg was our preacher this Sunday. The theme was about the arrival of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem in humility. This reading is about John the Baptist. He does not sound humble at all. He is shouting insults to the people coming to him. Is there anything in this to do with humility?
(He is instructing people to approach God with humility)
Sometimes trees are labled before they are cut. John the Baptist is labeling people. What kind of lables does he use?
John is warning people about hell fire. When was the last time you heard somebody preaching about hell? Does it work? Do people still become believers through fear of hell? Is something els eworking better now? Should we stop speaking about hell?
John speaks about the fruit of repentance. Three people groups in turn ask "What should we do?" Which are these three groups? What is John's answer to each group? What kind of fruit should we produce?
Our preacher spoke about the abuse of baptism in the Lutheran church in Finland. The problem is not in the baptism but in the abuse. What forms does nominal Christianity get in your country of origin? How can we fight against nominal Christianity in our own life?
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7 He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.” (ESV)