“You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” -John 3:28-30
Our times and purposes on this earth are temporary. Times change. God’s plans for each are different and we do not dictate the terms of our service.
John the Baptist understood the sovereignty of God, he knew who he was and what his place was, and he had a right view of his service. His response to this transition in his ministry is an example for us.
“Whatever it is that glorifies my Master, that’s what I want.”
-excerpts from Anthony Vance’s Evening Sermon
“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” -John 1:29
To be a faithful witness, we must understand our assignment. We have some “splainin'” to do!
John the Baptist, an exemplary faithful witness, not only pointed people to Jesus but also explained Jesus to people. We want people to know HIM–not just know ABOUT Him.
[from Sunday Evening Sermon: The Assignment of God’s Faithful Witness | John 1:29-34]
Sunday Evening | Pastor Anthony Vance | One Great & Faithful Witness | John 1:19-28
He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” -John 1:23
We are not the answer to people’s problems. We’re pointers to a Man who is. We are breadmen pointing to the Bread of Life.
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: Heartfelt Prayer & Desire | Romans 1:8-13
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: One Great & Faithful Witness | John 1:19-28
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” John 1:6-9
John the Baptist was a pale light in comparison to the Light he was reflecting. The purpose of His life was to point to another. As great as John was, he knew his role and knew Who was greater. – J. Anthony Vance, from 11/22/2015 Evening Sermon on John 1:6-9
Listen: The Word & His Witness | John 1:6-9
Sunday Morning| Pastor Steve Wainright
Listen to Morning Audio: “Doubts” | Luke 7:18-23
“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” -Habakkuk 3:17-18
Adverse situations often bring doubts because we lose sight of the bigger picture–that God is sovereign and in control, working all things together for our good.
The best way to get doubts resolved? Go to God’s Word!
[You can also listen to Evening Audio: “Last Words”]