Fruit in keeping with repentance – Matt 3:8

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When John the Baptist saw the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he had some harsh words for them.  He knew coming to observe him was insincere.  One thing he said that was not so harsh though was, 

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matt 3:8 ESV throughout)

This is helpful for anyone.  His point was that no birthright or position, however lofty or admirable, was going to be enough to please God.  Those with the best social standing still need to repent.  And repentance, that turning from sin toward God with a new attitude toward both, is going to be visible.  One passage that shows us the contrast of a pre/post repentance life is Gal 5:19-24.

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[d] drunkenness, orgies…

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Matthew 1 Verse by Verse

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Matt photoIn this first chapter Matthew give us some foundational material regarding Jesus Christ the son of David, son of Abraham, our Savior.

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A Shared Citizenship: Reconciling of Jew and Gentile – Ephesians 2:11-22

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Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christdiversity
Part 12 of 14

For about 2000 years, God’s people were separated ethnically, culturally and religiously from the nations of the world.  Then God began creating a new humanity, building them into the church.

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A Shared Responsibility: The Use of Spiritual Gifts -1 Corinthians 12-13

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Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christdiversity
Part 11 of 14

The Holy Spirit provides the church with diverse gifts and abilities. Each gift and each person is important to the whole.

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A Shared Assignment: The Great Commission – Matt 28, Luke 24, Acts 1

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Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in ChristdiversityPart 9 of 14

When Jesus Left, he left the church with something to do – make disciples of all the nations.

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