Summary: There is coming a day when the Lord will separate the wheat from the chaff. It's a message that the world wants to ignore. However, it is a common theme in Scripture, so we must address it.
1. How do we know that judgment is certain? Isaiah 24:1-3, Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 20:11-15
2. Did even Jesus speak of judgment? Matthew 13:36-43, Matthew 13:47-50, John 5:24
3. What did Jesus recommend we do after hearing of such judgment? Matthew 13:43 & 51
4. If we do NOT heed Jesus' advice, what will eventually happen? Matthew 13:42 & 50, Matthew 18:7-9
5. Is the coming judgment final and everlasting? I Thessalonians 1:6-9, Mark 9:43, Luke 3:17
6. Our response to John the Baptist's call to Christ is a window into our own heart. What was the emphasis of John the Baptist's preaching in Luke 3:3 and John 3:36? Are these two inseparable?
7. Speaking of repentance, what does it mean?
8. Ultimately, what was John the Baptists ministry (and ours) really about? Luke 3:4, Luke 3:16, John 3:30
9. Does "the world" sometimes seem to be indistinguishable from believers? Should we be concerned about that? Matthew 13:24-30, Matthew 5:45, Psalm 73
10. What happened to John the Baptist for boldly proclaiming Christ (v. 18-20)? Should we fear a similar fate? Romans 8:18, II Corinthians 4:17-18, I Peter 1:6-7
11. Is judgment part of the gospel? Romans 2:16
12. Do we all deserve judgment? Romans 3:10
13. How can we escape the judgment of God? Can God "pass over" our sin? We must continue to remind ourselves that God's free gift cost Him everything. Romans 6:23, I Corinthians 5:7, I John 4:10