OVERVIEW: John the Baptist was not intimidated by anyone. He calls the Pharisees and Sadducees a “brood of vipers.” He demands that they produce fruit and not hide behind their religious lifestyle.
BIG IDEA: God welcomes the humble sinner and rejects the righteous religious.
KEY VERSE: Matthew 3:7–8 (John the Baptist to religious leaders)
But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to watch him baptize, he denounced them. “You brood of snakes!” he exclaimed. “Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Don’t just go to church because it makes you look good or feel good. Show up because you want to experience me as you learn and share and serve and surrender and connect with others. Don’t worship ‘the worship’ because it is the popular thing to do. Worship me. I am the only one who can fill you with life and purpose. I am the only one who can make you productive for my kingdom.
I’m looking for more than words. I’m also looking for more than public actions. I want your faithfulness when no one is looking. Acknowledge me publicly but also follow me privately. What I want is a relationship, not a role-play. A life of faith has its challenges, but I’m not leaving you alone to figure it out. I will lead you. I will provide what you need when you need it. Follow me and see what’s next.
Think of one positive adjustment you can make in your attitude or behavior today. Do whatever it takes to make that change for the next twenty-four hours.