John the Baptist

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John the Baptist:
The Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness

Setting: Adult Bible Study
Length of Delivery: 40 minutes for each lesson

Name of Student: LaToya Cobb
Class: NBST 521-B03
Instructor’s Name: Dr. William Subash
Date Submitted: 03/05/2012

Lesson 1
Background of John the Baptist


This lesson will explore John the Baptist and the prophecy of his ministry, his parents, his heritage, and family status. John the Baptist was a pioneer. He was tasked before his birth to be the way maker for Jesus Christ. In this lesson, a look will be taken at the prophetic word that went before him and how that word was carried out.


I. The prophecy of John the Baptist ( Mal 3:1, Isa 40:3-5; cf. Matt 3:3, Mark 1:3, Luke 3:4-6, John 1:23)

II. The parents of John the Baptist and their Heritage

A. Zacharias and Elizabeth (Luke1:5-6)
B. Elizabeth’s inability to have a child (Luke1:7)
C. Zacharias and his priestly obligations (Luke 1:8-9)

III. The prophetic utterance of Gabriel the angel

A. Zacharias sees the angel and is frightened (Luke 1:11-12) B. Gabriel tells Zacharias that his prayer has been heard, Elizabeth will bear a son (Luke 1:13) C. Gabriel instructs them to name their son John (Luke 1:13) D. Gabriel gives instruction that he is to be raised as a Nazirite (Luke 1:15) E. Gabriel informs them that John will be born with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:15) F. Gabriel describes the ministry of John the Baptist (Luke 1:16-17)

IV. The promise planted and birthed

A. Elizabeth conceives a child (Luke 1:23-25)
B. Mary, Elizabeth’s cousin, is informed that Elizabeth is six months pregnant by Gabriel (Luke 1:36-37) C. Mary, the mother of Jesus, visits Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45, 56) D. John the Baptist is born (Luke 1:57)

E. John the Baptist is named (Luke 1:59-63)
F. Zacharias reiterates what was told to him by Gabriel (Luke1:68-79)

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