The Decline of the Ministry of John the Baptist:
Maintaining a Christ-centered Focus in the Midst of Setbacks
II. The preparation of John the Baptist for success.
A. Publicized Isa 40:3; Luke 1.
B. Equipped Luke 1.
III. The realization of the decline.
A. When John 3:22; John 4:2.
B. Where John 3:23-24; John 4:1-3.
C. How John 3:25-26.
IV. Johns response.
A. What John did not do.
1. He did not try to get the people back.
2. He did not draw attention to himself.
3. He did not get mad and quit.
B. What John did do.
1. John noted the source of his gifts John 3:27-30.
2. He focused on Jesus rather than Himself Pro 75:6-7; Pro 16:9.
V. Johns Christ-centered focus.
A. Jesus came down from heaven John 3:31; 1 Cor 2:9.
B. Jesus had first-hand knowledge of the truth John 3:32.
C. Jesus and the Father were always in agreement John 3:33.
D. Jesus was indwelt by the Holy Spirit without measure John 3:34.
E. Jesus had been given all authority John 3:35.
F. Jesus range of authority included eternal life John 3:36.
A. Remember that natural abilities and spiritual abilities come from God.
B. Remember that we are to point people to Christ, not ourselves.
C. Remember the all surpassing greatness of Christ, Himself.