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Called to Prepare

Lesson 4 

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Winter 2020-21

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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December 27, 2020

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Lesson Focus:

Prepare for Jesus to change you.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 3:1-12

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Prepare for Jesus to change you.

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Music Video, Traditional: “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” by The Have Quartet
Music Video, Multicultural: “’I’ve Got a Reason” by Nashville Life Music
Music Video, Contemporary: “I Speak Jesus” by Here Be Lions
Guzik’s Commentary on Matthew 3
Barclay’s Commentary on Matthew 3
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Matthew 3

Memory Verse:

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.’”[a]
—Matthew 3:3

Step 1:

Prepare for Jesus to change you.

Materials Needed:

  • None

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UP TO THE OWNER TO PROVE HIS CONCERN IS SINCERE
Last month, Steven Cohen, the new owner of the New York Mets baseball team, asked for ideas for how to improve “the Mets experience” for the team’s long-suffering fans. He engaged with several fans on Twitter, responding with sincerity and even affection. “Being open and sincere with fans is a good way to win them over and create trust,” reported Chris Cwik for Yahoo!Sports. However, as Cwik points out, “None of this guarantees Cohen will be a good owner…. It’s possible this is the best it ever gets between Cohen and the Mets’ fanbase.” But it’s an encouraging sign. In the end, whatever improvement he promises, “It will be up to Cohen to prove he’s willing to make that happen.”

UP TO THE PEOPLE TO PROVE THEIR REPENTANCE IS SINCERE
John the Baptist drew many people to his message of repentance. Those flocking to him were committing to changing their lives in anticipation of the Messiah’s arrival. Or they were at least pretending to make that commitment. If they had truly repented, John said, they needed to match their actions with their words. Real change is internal and will show itself in external behaviors.

Questions

  • Who have you seen radically change behaviors to match a new set of beliefs?
  • When have you seen someone’s professed reforms not matched by reformed behavior?
  • As you move into 2021, what change would you like to see in your attitudes and actions?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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