In the gospels, John the Baptist had shown us the weight of ministerial work. In what would take a lifetime experience, looking at John’s brief ministry we can learn alot, that can help us in our own church and ministry. Here’s seven lessons we can learn from John the Baptist. For an in depth treatment of John, head over to this link.
He had one message to preach- (Matthew 3: 1,2; Mark 1:4) In our time when Christians are reaching people through blogs, Youtube videos, podcast, Zoom webinars and Facebook Live, we should make clear what is our main goal. That is, we should preach the gospel. This is the fulfillment of the Great Commission. But a few years before Jesus gave this monumental task to His disciples, John was already preaching the gospel. We can be busy in every aspect of our ministry but we shouldn’t forget our message.
“John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” — Mark 1:4 (CSB)
We as believer are carrying a message. The message is not about us, our church or denomination. Nor programs, methods, traditions or music. Our sole message is Christ and Him crucified. Our message is the most important message that everyone should hear. So lets be clear and proclaim it in our ministry.
He clearly knows who he is and his role (Matthew 3: 3; Matthew 3: 11)
When ask who is he is and who gave him authority to perform him his works, he response is sure and clear:
“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said:
A voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight!”–Matthew 3:1–3 (CSB)
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” — Matthew 3: 11 (CSB)
Not only does he know who he is and his role but he knows his only duty he needs to perform. Having no clear path to take shouldn’t be the mark of our ministry. In the midst of this multi-tasking culture, the church should not follow. John is specifically doing one thing and that counts.