Living Radical Faith

Living Radical Faith
(Matthew 3:1-12)

Collin Monger
Sunday, January 10, 2021

Scriptures Cited: John 14:2; 1 John 2:6; Luke 7:28; Psalm 139:16; Mark 1:7; John 3:30; John 1:1; Matthew 9:37; Matthew 5:13-14, 16; Mark 1:14-15; Acts 2:37-38; John 3:16; Romans 3:23; Luke 1:46-47; James 2:10; 1 Corinthians 3:6; Matthew 16:18


                This year has seen lots of radical behavior


                That behavior is not encouraged in the Bible

                                But we are called to live radical faith

John the Baptist lived a radical faith

God’s Messenger (vs 1-4)

He was Humble

                                John’s job was to point people toward Jesus

                He was Available

                                John wasn’t too busy that he couldn’t serve

                                People often have busy lives that consume time

                He was Unusual

                                John looked different than others

Wilderness living/diet/clothing/message

                                True faith looks different than the world

                                                The world won’t understand you

                                                We’re called to be different

God’s Message (vs 2)

                John preached God’s message of repentance

                                Repent means to ‘radically change direction’

                God’s message applies to everyone

                                No one is perfect / all need forgiveness

                God’s message is heard by almost no one

                                It’s not comfortable

                                It’s not personal

God’s Ministry (vs 5)

                John didn’t try and build a ministry – he was obedient

                                People have many ways to “build a church”

                                Ultimately, God builds His church

                John did everything “wrong” (and yet people came)


                We’re not called to blend in

                We’re called to stand out and trust God with the results

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