When I was a kid, one of my favorite type of books to read was the “choose your own adventure” type. There wasn’t really a story line because you had the option to make decisions in the midst of the book. When you came face to face with a monster on page 7, you could decide to either fight the oncoming monster (turn to page 22) or run away (turn to page 37). Many times, I found myself wanting to turn back the pages and begin again after a bad decision.
This past weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series “All I Want for Christmas” by looking at the new beginnings God gives us. In Isaiah 61:1-11, the prophet speaks about the hope of a Messiah to come who brings new beginnings.
You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can also view all the messages from the “All I Want for Christmas” series here. Connect with us further at Eastbrook Church on Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Chosen One Bringing New Beginnings (Isaiah 61:1-3)
- Chosen with a message (v 1)
- Sent with power (vv 1-3)
The Shape of New Beginnings (Isaiah 61:4-9)
- New identity (v 3)
- New creation (v 4)
- New purpose (vv 5-6, 9)
- New abundance (vv 7-8)
When Life Begins Again (Isaiah 61:10-11)
- A life of joy from God (v 10)
- A life re-clothed by God (v 10)
- A life made right by God (v 11)
Jesus and New Beginnings (Luke 4:16-21)