Fall Bible Reading Plan, Week 3: Luke 3
This chapter focuses on the ministry of John the Baptist. In particular, Luke is portraying John the Baptist as "the voice in the desert" who would come and prepare the way for Jesus' ministry, as prophesied by the prophet Isiaiah. John calls the people of Israel to repentance from their sins and to be baptized as a sign of that repentance.
Discussion questions (Luke 3:1-22)
1. John the Baptist has some harsh words in this passage, however the text describes his ministry as preaching the good news (v. 18). How is it that John's call to repentance can be described as good news?
2. John accused the crowds that followed him of living sinful lives without repentance, while at the same time saying that they wanted to follow God. Is there an area in your life where you have grown used to tolerating sin and have neglected to repent from it? What can you do to "bear fruit in keeping with repentance" in that area?
3. If Jesus is God made man and as such did not sin, why did He get baptized by John as well? How is Jesus' baptism good news for us today?