What does it say?
- Why does Luke make so many references to the political figures?
- Why does Luke quote Isaiah here? How would you summarize the Isaiah quote?
- John proclaimed a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins”. In your own words, what was he proclaiming?
- John called the people who were responding to his call to be baptized, “You brood of vipers.” Pretty harsh. Why does he call them that?
- When John asked, “Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” What is he asking? Does he expect an answer?
- John talks about the need to bear fruit. Why? How is bearing fruit related to repentance?
- What is wrong with their referring to Abraham as their father? What’s his point about God raising up children of Abraham from the stones?
- Why in 3:10-14 does John emphasize so many behaviors? What is he trying to convey?
- In 3:15-17 the people confuse John the Baptist with the Christ. John says one way to identify the superior Christ is that he will come baptizing with the Holy Spirit and with fire. What does it mean to baptize with the Holy Spirit? With fire?
- John warns that the Christ will come with a winnowing fork that will separate the wheat from the chaff, wheat into his barn, chaff into unquenchable fire. What does John want us to understand?
- Luke wants us to know that “with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. Why do you think this (3:1-17) is the only one he quoted?
- What do you think the big idea of 3:1-20 is?
How does it apply?
- When and how did you first become conscious of your sin?
- When and how did you first become conscious of the consequences of your sin before God?
- How has your understanding and experience of your sin changed over the years?
- When and how did you come to understand that Jesus is the solution to your sin problem?
- Do you find it spiritually helpful to occasionally reflect on your sin? Explain.
- Are you more motivated to love Christ by thinking about heaven or hell? Explain.