This message is designed to make us think about preparing for making impact. And no one has extraordinary impact without preparation. We see this in sports, medicine and health fields, business as well as ministry. There is always a preparation phase and then a season of maturing that precedes Impact. And the bible is full of examples of this. David was prepared for Goliath in the course of his duties shepherding sheep as he fought of loins and bears with his sling. Moses was prepared for leading the people out of Egypt by 40 years in the house of Pharaoh and then 40 more years in the wilderness. I could go on. But since we are not followers of Moses or David we should briefly consider the one we do follow. Jesus.
If you have read the gospels you are probably one of millions of people who have found it out that there is not much told us about the years between Jesus birth and his public ministry which began around age 30. But there is one episode followed by a summary statement that I think warrants our attention. When Jesus was 12 years old his parents took him to Jerusalem. On their way home the realized they had left him behind. When they returned they found him in the synagogue debating with religious leaders. And then in verse 52 we get the summary statement of what God was up to prior to releasing Jesus for his ministry and primary purpose in life. This statement covers from age 12 to age 30. (18 years)
Luke 2:52 He Grew (increased) in Wisdom and Stature and in favor with God and Man.
Hi. My name is Pastor Mike. I‚Äôve been pastoring and preaching since 1986 and have been with Trinity Baptist Church of Reedsburg, Wisconsin since 1997. My wife, Angela, and I have four adult children. I grew up in St. Charles, Missouri. I came to Christ as a teenager and was...