Matthew 11:2-3 A Return to The Baptist

Matthew 11:2-3 (KJV)
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

John the Baptist is marginalized by most of mainstream Christianity today. And I think there are a number of reasons for that:

  • John’s ministry emphasized holiness to an uncomfortable level for our compromised and comfortable Christian culture.
  • John forces universal church doctrine to consider the authority and mode of baptism
  • John the Baptist does not fit the popular notion that living for Christ leads to success in life ventures

I think the passage may be divided into:
John’s Question
Vs 2-3

John’s Answer
Vs 4-6

John’s Character
Vs 7-19

The Gospel begins with the preaching of John the Baptist. We would be wisest to return to his:

  • preaching,
  • philosophy of ministry and
  • personal character

in our modern ministries.


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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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