In our first session of this second day we heard from Matthew Brennan of Clonmel, Ireland, who gave us a series of portraits of that sometimes forgotten New Testament figure John the Baptist, a hero (we may say) of Jesus himself. He made two points.
1. John's devotion
He began with John declaring Jesus to be the Lamb of God and the application was that as preachers we must faithfully point our hearers to Jesus Christ.
2. John's determination
We went next to John 3 and the concern of John's disciples that their master was losing his position. We were shown John's answer (with its theological understanding, consistent assertion and economic solution) and urged us to see that we are what we are by God's grace and so there is no place for envy or thinking we are indispensable.