Sunday, March 24, 2024

5 Things that Happened at Our Lord's Baptism - Nathan Rages

This message examines five major things that happened when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist (based on Luke 3:21-22, John 1:32-34, and Matt. 3:13-17):
1. Jesus honored the rite of water baptism.
2. Jesus identified Himself with sinful people.
3. The Spirit anointed Jesus for future ministry.
4. The Father lovingly commended Jesus.
5. The Holy Trinity was uniquely revealed.

Sunday, March 17, 2024

What is True Repentance? - Nathan Rages

The central theme of John the Baptist's message in Luke 3:1-20 is repentance, revealing these five important aspects of genuine repentance: 
1. It is necessary for salvation (v3,18).
2. It is motivated by God’s judgment (v7,9,17).
3. It is needed regardless of spiritual heritage (v8).
4. It produces a changed life (v8,10-14).
5. It looks quickly to Christ (v15-16).

Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Voice Crying in the Wilderness - Nathan Rages

Luke 3:1-20 describes the ministry of John the Baptist, one of the most fascinating and underappreciated people in the Bible.  We discuss these seven aspects of the man and his ministry:
1. His calling (v2).
2. His fulfillment of prophecy (v4-6).
3. His popularity (v7).
4. His boldness (v7,19-20).
5. His baptism (v3,7,12,16).
6. His humility (v4,15-16).
7. His suffering (v19-20).

Sunday, March 3, 2024

The Boy Among the Teachers - Nathan Rages

Luke 2:39-52 describes Jesus at age twelve conversing with the teachers in the Temple.  The passage reveals five important things about our Lord:
1. Jesus’ devout family (v39,41,43,51).
2. Jesus' desire to learn God’s truth (v46-47).
3. Jesus’ unique relationship with the Father (v48-49).
4. Jesus’ submission to His parents (v51).
5. Jesus’ natural human growth (v40,52).