Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

What Should We Do?: Luke 3:1-14

Summary: “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How simple the gospel really is! In our text, from verses 7 through 14, the question is asked three times by three different groups, “What shall we do?” They were prompted to ask this question by the word of God.

1. A. Remember the context of these verses in Luke 3: we had short account of Jesus at 12 years old, and then 18 more years of silence, until Jesus is about 30. Jesus’ cousin John comes on the scene at a specific place and time. Who was John and what did he come doing?

Luke 1:76-77, 3:1-3

B. What did God have to say through John? Luke 3:3-7

C. What is God like? Psalm 130:3-4

2. A. Many would like forgiveness but few speak of repentance. Really, when was the last time you even heard the word, outside of this study? We asked last week, can you have forgiveness without repentance? What did John have to say about this?

Luke 3:3, 7-9

B. What did John’s preaching prompt the people to do? Luke 3:10, 12, 14

C. Should this word “repentance” be part of our vocabulary? Luke 3:3, 24:46-47

3. A. As you look at how John starts this discourse, have in your mind this definition for repentance: stop thinking wrong, and start thinking right. How does John start?

Luke 3:7-9

B. What did Jesus have to say about “the wrath to come?” Matthew 7:17-19

C. We need to start thinking right. Repentance is a window into the heart of man. I Kings 8:46-49, II Chronicles 6:36-39, Jeremiah 5:1-3

4. A. This question, our sermon title, “What should we do,” is found 5 times in the Bible. We have three here in our text, verses 10, 12, & 14. What prompted the question in Luke Volume 2 (Acts)?

Acts 2:22-24, 36-38

B. As we look at this question, be right in your thinking: Can you do something for God? John 6:26-29

C. Does repentance call for action? Luke 3:8-14, 13:1-5, Psalm 7:11-12

5. A. What is repentance and who calls for it?

Matthew 3:1-2, 4:17, Luke 5:31-32, Acts 2:38, 3:19, 8:22, 17:30-31, 26:19-20, Revelation 2:5, 16, 20-22, 3:3

B. Who are the three groups that ask this question, “What should we do?” Each time, what is the answer in reference to? Luke 3:10-14

C. Look closer at the three groups. What is the basic need of the multitude? How about the tax-gatherers? What were the soldiers called to do?

Luke 3:10-14

D. What did Jesus say about our “treasure” and why did He say it? Matthew 6:19-21

6. A. What is it that you and I need in order to be truly repentant? Colossians 3:1-4, Romans 12:1-2, James 4:8

B. Is repentance meritorious? What always accompanies repentance? Acts 20:18-21, 11:15-18

C. There is a sixth occurrence of “what shall we do.” Who are unrepentant? Why? Who are repentant? Why? What is God’s heart toward mankind?

Acts 4:13-20, Luke 16:27-31, Revelation 9:20-21, 16:9-11, II Peter 3:9, II Corinthian 5:17

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March 2, 2014 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Church, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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