How John the Baptist points us to Jesus

How John the Baptist points us to Jesus

All four gospels emphasise the significance of the ministry of John the Baptist in preparing the way for the ministry of Jesus. Quite often, however, John’s importance is neglected helping us to miss or downplay crucial connections between the Old Testament and the New. As well as baptising in the River Jordan (including Jesus), John preached about the meaning of repentance, the importance of Jesus and eventually went to his death for challenging Herod Antipas. During this series, which runs into Advent, we will look at these different aspects of John’s ministry and seek to understand more fully how they point us to Jesus.

1 November John announces the need for repentance Matthew 3.1-6
Mark 1.1-6
Luke 3.1-6
Katy Loffman
8 November John’s witness to Jesus John 1; 3.22-36 Ruth Henson
15 November Mission Sunday   Simon and Sue French
22 November John’s preaching Matthew 3.11-12
Mark 1.7-8
Luke 3.10-18
Claire Jaggers
29 November John’s Baptism of Jesus Matthew 3.13-17
Mark 1.9-11
Luke 3.21-22
Nathan Larkin
6 December John’s question to Jesus Matthew 11.2-19
Luke 7.18-35
Stephen Kuhrt
13 December John’s imprisonment and death Matthew 14.1-13
Mark 6.14-29
Luke 3.19-20;
9.7-9
Carolyn Lucas
20 December Carols by Candlelight   Katy Loffman
24 December Midnight Communion   Carolyn Lucas