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Summary: Life is full of turning points. Times of change that prepare us for the road ahead and fulfill God’s purposes in our life. The arrest of John the Baptist leads Jesus into a place of transition. Jesus goes to Galilee and begins to preach a message of

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A Time of Transition

Mark 1:14-15

March 9, 2008

Mark 1:14a (HCSB)

After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee…

Time to Leave

- Turning points

- Circumstances that God uses to redirect

- Focus

- Energy

- Actions

- These circumstances may be good or bad

- The Holy Spirit gives guidance

- Luke 4:14a

Luke 4:14a (HCSB)

Then Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit…

Matthew 4:12-13 (HCSB)

When He heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee. He left Nazareth behind and went to live in Capernaum by the sea…

Jesus Withdrew

- Leaving His place of familiarity

- Comfort zone

- Routine

- Influence

- By God’s design

- To fulfill prophecy

- Matthew 4:13-16

Matthew 4:13-16 (HCSB)

He left Nazareth behind and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, along the sea road, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles! The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned.”

Jesus Withdrew

- Leaving His place of familiarity

- Comfort zone

- Routine

- Influence

- By God’s design

- To fulfill prophecy

- Matthew 4:13-16

- To prepare for the future

- The place where He would call His first disciples

Mark 1:14b-15 (HCSB)

…Jesus went to Galilee preaching the good news of God: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!”

A New Voice is Heard

- A message of good news

- The long awaited Messiah has arrived

- The promise of God has been fulfilled

- A call to repentance

- A turn from self centered living

- To a God centered life

- An invitation to believe

- Complete surrender

- Absolute trust

Are Your Circumstances Changing?

- God is shifting your focus

- God is preparing you for the journey ahead

- God is positioning you with His timeless message

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