Family Trees; A Sunday message from Pastor Donnie

Luke 3:22-38

1. How do you start?

2. How do you finish?

23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli,

1. How do you start?

How did Jesus start?

*By being filled in the Holy Spirit

*His ministry was began by being filled with Holy spirit.

What a joy to be filled with the Spirit.

What a humble way to start.

Our King, being perfect, would not need to be baptized.

Remember John’s baptism was baptism for the Repentance of Sins.

Sin is what we do.

The Godman, Jesus lived a perfect sinless life and walked on this earth.

He submitted himself to being water baptized…

and then the blessed promise of the Holy Spirit descended on Him with power.

Power- to start a ministry.

Power to do the greatest 3 years of life ever known to man.

3 years of training men to change the world.

3 years of pouring into men that would give us books of the Bible

and save one, all these men would die martyrs.

So much rich truth here -

You can start anything in the flesh for sure.

Many things are started and God lets them start.

Looking back on things, the ministry of Jeremiah…

40 years without a single convert,

one could say, “what a work of the flesh”,

No way Jose! There are so many verses and accounts that minister still to this day.

How about

Jeremiah 29:11-13

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

I think for me to remember how we started.

Did you do something in your flesh or did you do it for God’s glory?

And did you do it in God’s timing?

That’s a question for the ages.

Do you want Jesus to be a point of interest on your map? Or is He the Whole map of your life?