Have you ever attempted a new start with something? 

Remember when you were young and you were learning to ride a bike? It was my dad who taught me. It was scary and fun at the same time. It hurt but felt good. We never stop starting new things. Everything we do had a start sometime.

Maybe you have tried a new recipe, or a new job, or even a new family. Starting something new brings with it some anxiety, anticipation, and even fear. Will people like it? Will I like it? Will it be a success? So the good question to ask yourself is: How can I start something so I have some confidence that it will work out?

If anybody was a success, it was Jesus. In Luke 3-4 we find some principles of how Jesus started His ministry. So in my new sermon series, Starting Something New, I am uncovering some principles at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry that may help you when you start something new.

The first ingredient Luke suggests is that Jesus did not start all alone. Even before He came on the scene, He had a partner. John the Baptist introduced Jesus. From this we can learn that it takes a team to get something started. Very few successful enterprises were started completely by one individual.

As a child I was impressed by some great duos: Batman & Robin, Bert & Ernie, Laverne & Shirley, Scooby Doo & Shaggy, and so many more. Just like these fictional couples helped each other, we need good partners in life. John the Baptist was a great partner for Jesus.

This Sunday, March 8, I will be preaching a sermon called Partners, from Luke 3:1-20. John the Baptist comes on the scene in the wilderness and the entire nation of Israel took notice. Multitudes went out to be baptized in preparation for the Deliverer promised to the nation that John was talking about. John’s message was strong and many responded. Even though Jesus hadn’t appeared, John the Baptist prepared the way for Him. That is what a good partner does – he prepares the way for us.

But we also discover that once the way was prepared, John the Baptist got out of the way. He allowed Jesus to have the spotlight. In fact, He knew that Jesus was so much greater than he was that he had to get out of the way. It shows that a great partner is always humble and rather than obstruct the way, they get out of the way.

I hope you have a partner in life. It’s not good to go through life alone. The greatest partner you will ever have is Jesus. He is with you through good times and bad times. And Jesus wants you to be His partner. Like John the Baptist, you can prepare the way for Him by telling others that Jesus died and rose again for them. Then get out of the way and let Jesus have center stage. 

I hope you’ll join me this Sunday. Bring a partner with you.

Join me this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Greg Burdine – Faith Baptist Church

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