Today’s Passage: Matthew 3:1-12
Opening Prayer or Proclamation: In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
Matthew 3:1-3 (NIV)
Opening Song: Matthew West – Grace Wins
Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: A Really Nice Guy – A Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent [12/8/19] by David Lose, Senior Pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church and a founder of the Working Preacher website.
“But still, he is a really nice guy…the tell-tale words we use too often to soften the unkind things we say about others.” David Lose, says that today’s passage, Matthew 3:1-12, is the biblical version of “still, he’s a really nice guy,” hinting that the Gospel writers don’t quite know what to make of John the Baptist. Listen as Lose explores how the author of Matthew uses the person of John the Baptist to point to Jesus in a unique way.
Closing Song: Unspoken – Call It Grace (Lyric Video)
Closing Prayer or Proclamation: The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Matthew 3:10-12 (NIV)
Epilogue: MercyMe – Grace Got You (Official Lyric Video)