As we celebrate the third week of Advent, focusing on the theme of joy, Josh looks at John the Baptist again but from the perspective of the Gospel of John (different "John" by the way). While John is in the wild baptizing people, the Pharisees send some men to ask him, "Who are you?" And John has to look inward before he looks outward. He could choose to open with how he's the witness described by Isaiah to prepare the way -- to push himself into the forefront. But he doesn't. His first response is one of humility. He tells them that he is not the Christ. He has a purpose -- like we all do -- but it's not to be Christ. He points them to the light. Whatever else we do, our first and primary responsibility is to point others to that same light. Psalm 126; John 1:6-8, 19-28.
Before his message, Josh also shared some important announcements related to our church staff.
At the end of the message, Josh asked us to consider three questions this week:
1) How has the Father used this season to enrich and shape you?
2) In what ways can you share your story? How can you testify about His goodness?
3) Whilst in a season of waiting, how can you celebrate Him right now?