Read verses 14-15
Q: How does Christ indicate that all things came about through the timing of God’s will? Was it because He was waiting for John to be arrested?
A: John’s arrest – the end of his public ministry – was probably a sign that was part of the bigger picture, but it’s in Jesus’ own words in v.15, “The time is fulfilled….”
Point: In this and all the examples given above and more, there was always a recognition on each individual’s part of the timing of God, of the fulfillment of God’s time of preparation, and transition to assume the work assigned.
Q: Whereas John’s message was limited to seeking people to turn away from sin, what does Jesus add to the equation in v.15?
A: “….and believe in the gospel.”
Q: What are the guidelines for our own profession of faith? Regardless of the tools, programs or organizations we use, what is the substance of our work?
A: To seek repentance from sin combined with communicating the Gospel.
Application: How is the Spirit speaking to your heart through this lesson? What can we do individually to be an effective Christian? What do we need to do as a church?