Pointing at Him

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A look at John the Baptist's handling of comparative criticisms of his ministry. John 3:22-32, paryer meeting TaBernacle Baptist, Jan 3, 2013

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  • http://www.paulastourtalk.net/paulas_tour_talk/2008/03/recognizing-sai.htmlAlso “Some, like John the Baptist, are even easier to know: he is generally shown with a ragged beard, wearing a camel skin, and carrying a cross made out of reeds and a scroll.”
  • Joan de Joanes
  • Titian
  • Vivarini
  • Preti
  • Hans Holbien the Younger
  • Self aggrandizement means exaggerating one's own importance or power.
  • Pointing at Him

    1. 1. Pointing at Himhandling ministry success or failure like a Baptist
    2. 2. Identifying John “Saints are often depicted with symbols, items that signify an abstract quality like piety, purity,or fortitude, or that are emblems of martyrdom. [Symbolic] attributes are items that refer tothe saints historical (or legendary role) or career.” Paula Russell
    3. 3. Identifying Jesus John is a powerful pointer.
    4. 4. Parallel Paths• Jesus was baptizing with His disciples (3:22)• John was also baptizing with his disciples (3:23-24) – People were coming – People were being baptized – There was no hold on the ministry
    5. 5. Success!ministry “going well”, positive growth
    6. 6. Comparative Criticism• An argument about purification was raised (3:25)• A question of loyalty was raised (3:26) – “You are our rabbi” – “We are supposed to be partners with Jesus” – “He is stealing our success”
    7. 7. Failure?!ministry not “going well”, losses in numbers
    8. 8. Accurate Answers• Everything that I have is from God (3:27)• I am just a pointer (3:28)• I am only the best man (3:29) – I get excited about hearing Him – I am made full of joy by His joy• I must decrease, so that He might increase (3:30)
    9. 9. Ministry Movements• In ministry success or failure, I will NOT… – Worry about how to keep it going or make it happen – Point at others, finding fault with or detracting from their ministry – Expend my energy on self-service, protection nor aggrandizement
    10. 10. Ministry Movements• In ministry success or failure, I will… – Worship (put my attention on) God from whom all things flow – Point others to focus on Christ above all else – Find my greatest joy in knowing the groom

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