A Portrait of a Faithful Witness For Christ

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A Verse by Verse Study on

the Gospel of John

February 12th, 2017

 

Gospel Community (GC) Purpose:            To create community, build relationships, and support one another through the Word of God and prayer.

GC Goal:  To gain authentic relationships with God and with one another.

 

John the Baptist – A Portrait of a Faithful Witness for Christ

(John 1:6-9)

 

  • Everything else we can enjoy perfectly in heaven but only witnessing can be done here on earth.
  • Witnessing is the whole work of the whole church for the whole age. A light that does not shine, a spring that does not flow, a germ that does not grow, is no more of an anomaly than a life in Christ which does not witness to Christ. (A.T. Pierson)

 

  1. A Witness is Commissioned and Sent by God (v 6)
  • Sending is used in a technical sense to describe an authorized messenger with a special task and message.
  • We are an army of witnesses filled by the Hoy Spirit of God whom Jesus sent to us so that we might be His witnesses.
  • Every Sunday we are releasing an army into our communities with the power of the Gospel to not be ashamed of it but to proclaim it and to make disciples with it.
  • After 400 years of God not speaking through a prophet, now John the Baptist gets to be a witness for the Messiah.
  • John the Baptist, a divine emissary, emphasized that Jesus, though younger is superior and came before him
  • Our role is the same but our message is complete.

 

  1. A Witness Testifies about Christ (v 7)
  • The word witness is used in a legal sense of a person who bore witness before a judgement was made (Numbers 5:13, 35:30; Deuteronomy 17:6-7, 19:15)
  • Old testament law required at least 2 witnesses to establish a charge.
  • John sets forth 7 witnesses to Christ
    • John the Baptizer (1:7-8; 5:33)
    • God the Father (5:37)
    • Jesus Himself (8:14; 3:32)
    • The Holy Spirit (15:26)
    • The Works of Christ (2:1-11; 4:46-54; 5:1-9; 6:1-14, 16-21; 9:1-41; 11:1-46)
    • The Old Testament Scriptures (5:39)
    • Other human witnesses (4:39; 12:17; 15:27; 19:35)
  • We are part of the 7th witness because we know Jesus, we have experienced Him, and we are known by Him
  • John’s purpose was to bring people to saving faith in Christ.

 

 

III.  A Witness Points People to Christ (v 8)

  • We are not the light but bear witness about the light.
  • We want to be telling His story and not our story.
  • This story is the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ. That Jesus lived the life we couldn’t live and died the death we deserve to die so that we might live in Him.  There is forgiveness of sin and salvation from judgement in Christ alone.

 

  1. A Witness’ Content (v 9)
  • John almost exclusively uses the word “world” in a negative sense.
  • “World” is the hostile system that is in rebellion to Christ.
  • Jesus is the true light. This means He is the genuine, final revelation of God.
  • Jesus is light and He shines on all! He is not only the potential light for everyone.  He is actually giving light to everyone.
  • His light dispels darkness and it also causes division. Those who hate the light flee (John 1:10; John 3:19-20).  There are those who love and receive the light (John 1:12-13).
  • The greatest thing in the world is to be a Christian. Let that joy overflow as you’re filled with the Spirit to freely and boldly tell people how wonderful it is to know, love and worship Jesus.

 

Application:

  • How should I structure my life so I can be a witness for Christ like John the Baptist?

 

  • Think about your life as a witness. What kind of a witness are you?  Please share with your group how you spend a typical day and with whom do you spend your hours of the day?  How are you a witness to them?

 

  • Describe how you are a witness to Christ or maybe not a witness at times as you raise your kids, as you live in your singleness, as you work at your job?

 

  • What kind of a legacy are you leaving behind? Is it one that testifies to the greatness of Christ?  Or is it one that testifies to the greatness of (put your name here).

 

  • Share with your group how you have seen people come to love and receive the light of Christ and share how you have also seen Christ’s light cause division.

 

Next Steps:

  • Choose a specific area that you want to spend time focusing on this week. NOTE: All of us have strengths and weaknesses in all areas but one most likely stands out that needs the most attention this week.
  • Let’s remember that as we pray for one another this week, let’s focus on the area that needs most attention.

 

Supporting One Another:

  • Specific Needs. Here we are looking for needs that others in the group may help with.
  • Thanksgiving (recognizing how others in the group have helped you)

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