A Message To Millennials
Big Idea: Like the Baby Boomers, who rode the wave of prosperity over these past 70 years, and changed North America, the Millennials will hit the next wave and will have the power to shift culture. We get to decide if it will be for the better or the worse.
Scripture: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’” John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Mark 1:1-5 ESV
Key Word: To “repent”. To regret. A change of the will which results in a change of actions. To think differently.
Repentance has three steps:
- New knowledge
- Regret for the previous course
- Change of action.
Introduction: When John Mark wrote his Gospel, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, his Jewish world was in a stalemate. Religious traditions had replaced true spirituality. The pagan Roman world ruled in politics and economics. The Greek culture had spread throughout the western world. There was a necessary shift in the wind. It was the right time.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, Galatians 4:4 ESV
As a Prophet sent by God, John announced that a new Kingdom and a new King were about to break into the world. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3:2 ESV. It was time for a new way of thinking and a new way of living. John’s assignment was to announce the coming of the Kingdom and to prepare the way for the coming King.
Haggai, The Prophet, in 520 BC had a similar message to give to the people. The Jews had returned to Jerusalem from captivity, by the Babylonians, under Zerubbabel. They had begun to rebuild the Temple, but had become distracted by their own prosperity. Haggai called them to “Consider their ways!” Thankfully they responded and there was a significant shift in society. It was a new day!
1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest:
2 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.” 3 Then the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet, 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?
5 Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.
6 You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes. 7 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.
8 Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord. 9 You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house.
10 Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. 11 And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labors.”
12Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.
13 Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke to the people with the Lord’s message, “I am with you, declares the Lord.” 14 And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the King. Haggai 1:1-15 ESV
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