"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world" (John 1:6-9).
- 1. KINGDOM START-UP BEGINS WITH A RIGHT FIT
- 2. KINGDOM START-UP BEGINS WITH A RIGHT NAME
- 3. KINGDOM START-UP BEGINS WITH A RIGHT MISSION
- 4. KINGDOM START-UP BEGINS WITH A RIGHT VISION
“There was a man sent from God.”
Kingdom Start-Up started with a send-down
Right Fit Has A Right Foundation
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless (Luke 1:5-6)
Right Fit Has A Right Attitude
And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose (Mark 1:7).
Right Fit Has Right Focus
"Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey." (Matthew 3:4)
“Whose name was John.”
Kingdom Start-Up plan was revealed in a name
Right Name With A Right Plan
But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. (Luke 1:13)
Right Name With Right Resolve
But they said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name" (Luke 1:61).
"This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light."
Kingdom Start-Up recruits bears witness to the true Light
Right Mission Has A Right Target
"And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace. So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel (Luke 1:76-79)
Right Mission Has The Right Purpose
"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world" (John 1:6-9)
“That all through him might believe.”
Kingdom Start-Up goal was to prepare the way of the true Light
Right Vision Has The Right Message
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight (Matthew 3:1-3)
Right Vision Has The Right Response
Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins (Matthew 3: 5-6)