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Sent - John the Baptist (2 of 34)
Series: Jesus - the One and Only
This week life as we know it will change for much of our congregation because school starts back.
Life will change for -
1. Our kids - It an exciting sometimes scary thing to be moving up a grade.
2. Our teenagers -
a. You are being sent into the most strategic mission field on the planet. A place where a group of people are gathered of whom 80+ percent will make a decision for or against Christ - literally in the coming months. A place where I as a Pastor cannot come a freely preach the Gospel.
3. For Parents and Grandparents -
a. In the coming days your time will be filled with rehearsals, recitals, practices and games. You will be brought in contact with other parents your age in an informal setting. It will probably be the best opportunity you will have all year to further the cause of Christ in the Tennessee Valley.
There is something about these years that cause you to be inherently self-conscious. Your body is changing, your hormones are raging, zits come out of no where. There is incredible pressure to fit in, to measure up. Those of you parents who say these are the best years of your life - you must have a terrible life! These are hard days.
BUT GOD'S WORD IS SO TIMELY. Today, just before school starts back we are introduced to the quintessential world changer. A guy who in the amount of time that equals about one school year radically impacted this planet.
Verse 6 6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John
But John's story didn't begin in verse 6. You see the Old Testament Prophet has told that there would be a Prophet with the spirit of Elijah upon him that would prepare the way for the Messiah.
Isaiah 40:3-5 (NASB95)
3 A voice is calling, ''Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. 4 ''Let every valley be lifted up, And every mountain and hill be made low; And l ...
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