On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a message based on Matthew 3:1-12. This message was part 1 in the “Foundations” sermon series. Below you will find a set of questions related to this message for personal reflection or group discussion.
- Read Matthew 3:1-12
- At the beginning of the message today, I asked the question: “Do you want to be a part of a meeting or a movement?” What are some of the differences between these two categories? Which is more appealing to you?
- John prepared the way for Jesus’s arrival by preaching a message of repentance in the wilderness. Have you ever had any “wilderness” periods of your own life? What did God teach you in the midst of the “wilderness”?
- Repentance is more than just sorrow about our sin . . . it is a change of direction. Can you think of any examples of repentance from sin in your own life? Are there things in your life today that you need to repent of?
- Have you ever been baptized since trusting Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins? If not, what is stopping you from being baptized (NOTE: Wildwood’s next baptism service is April 2. Sign up for more details at wildwoodchurch.org/baptism )
- Why do you think people flocked out to John to meet with him in the wilderness? Contrast the harshness of John’s location, presentation, etc. with your modern church experience.
- What is one particular application you took away from this passage/message?
To access these questions in pdf format, click here.