Outcasts Part 1: John The Baptist (Luke 1:5-25)

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Sermon Notes

Jesus had a circle of friends, but in this circle every single one of them was different; they didn’t fit. From lowly fishermen, to adulteresses, from tax collectors to pharisees, Jesus was known for keeping company with the fringe of society. And this of course was for a reason. He wanted different. He wanted to take those which others thought were incapable of great things and use them to show the power of God. They were outcasts, and they would change the world. 
One of those outcasts was John the Baptist. What did Christ see in him and how did he use him for his glory? We should all want to be used for God’s glory right? We should all want to be seen as a one who prepares the way for the Lord, right? And shouldn’t we all want Jesus to say of us, as he does of John in Matthew 11:11, “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist.” In this sermon we are going to focus on two of John’s greatest attributes, his righteous indignation and his humility. Like John, we must be different from the world in the ways we unwaveringly stand for the truth and redirect the spotlight towards Christ.