We see the beginning of Jesus’ public preaching ministry. John’s ministry comes to an end when he is arrested by Herod. With John now gone, Jesus takes up where he left off in preaching the kingdom. We consider two things: 

  • First, why John’s public ministry needed to conclude before Jesus’ public ministry could begin, and 
  • Second, what the message was that Jesus preached. 

We are challenged to accept this message - to truly repent and truly believe (in contrast to the repentance and faith being declared by many churches today), and if we have already done this, we are exhorted to bring the Gospel to those who have not heard.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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