Summary: The sermon is a kickoff to our VBS with the same theme. The idea is that the characters of the bible were significant to God in their development before him. We used CAR names to remind us of certain bible characters.

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1. A Car Ride Home

After a baby dedication service for his baby brother in church, little Johnny sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you guys!"

2. CARS2God is our VBS theme this year – Children ARE Really Special to God

Matthew 19.13-14

Psalm 78.4-7

3. At a congregation I worked for a few years ago, many of the adult bible classes named their classes with some biblical principles within their names. One was Encouragers; One was Bridge Builders (led by a dentist, oddly enough); a couple of the classes noted that they had named their classes after cars – Pathfinders; Forerunners;

4. I don’t want to be overly cute with this lesson, but the theme of our VBS and my experience with those classes made me think about some Bible characters and some modern cars and trucks

• Toyota “4Runner”

John the Baptist – Forerunner to Yeshua (Jesus) – Mark 1.1-8

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,

who will prepare your way,

3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

make his paths straight,’”

4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 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. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Cf. Isaiah 40.3-5

3 A voice cries:

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD;

make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be lifted up,

and every mountain and hill be made low;

the uneven ground shall become level,

and the rough places a plain.

5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,

and all flesh shall see it together,

for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

Why did people flock to the desert to hear John? They thought he was ushering in the presence of GOD himself – and he did. He prepared the way for Yeshua (Jesus) – Messiah-God

• Ford “Mustang” – Wild and Reckless

Car was named for the WWII Mustang airplane – but to be a combat pilot you have to be a little wild and crazy!’

Ishmael – Genesis 16.13-14

11 And the angel of the LORD said to her,

“Behold, you are pregnant

and shall bear a son.

You shall call his name Ishmael,

because the LORD has listened to your affliction.

12 He shall be a wild donkey of a man,

his hand against everyone

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