We returned to our “Beginnings” series this weekend at Eastbrook Church after a one-week pause with one of our good friends from the Middle East, Brother Victor. This series takes us through the first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel and sets the stage for Jesus’ public appearing and ministry. This message, “Prophet,” looks at Luke 1:57-80 and builds upon the first message of the series, “Promise,” by looking at the birth and calling of John the Baptist.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, let me invite you to join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

“But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.’” (Luke 1:13)


The Miraculous Name of the Prophet (Luke 1:57-63)

They were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” (Luke 1:59-60)


The Infectious Joy Surrounding the Prophet (Luke 1:64-66)

All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. (Luke 1:65)



Fulfilled Promises and the Prophet (Luke 1:67-75)

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors
    and to remember his holy covenant,
     the oath he swore to our father Abraham. (Luke 1:68-73)


The Coming Messiah and the Prophet (Luke 1:76-80)

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him. (Luke 1:76)

The Mark of a False Prophet

The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The prophecies they gave you were false and misleading.
Lamentations 2:14

As the author of Lamentations weeps over the desolation of Jerusalem and the people of God, as he says again and again that God’s people are without any comfort, as he asks God to look and see, he finally draws attention to the false prophets.

These false prophets had visions that were both untrue and, in the end, completely worthless. They were “false and misleading.”

But tucked into the words about these prophets are a clarifying indictment: “they did not expose your sin.” If there is one thing a true prophet does, it is to point out the wrong ways of people. A true prophet must not hesitate from this. Unfortunately, the lack of this true prophecy led the people of Israel on a sin-laden path to exile.

Where are our true prophets today? Those who unflinchingly expose our sin?

A Second Chance

Gone Fishing

Yesterday at Brooklife Church, I spoke on Jonah chapter three with a message entitled “A Second Chance.” The message was all about how just like God gave Jonah a second chance personally, God gives us second chances in our lives. And when He gives us a second chance, it is, as with Jonah, an opportunity for Him to give a second chance to others through us.

You can listen to the message at the Brooklife web-site here, or subscribe to the Brooklife podcast via iTunes.

I am embedding my slideshow for the message below. It will likely not make much sense apart from listening to the message.