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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.

Matthew 01.pdf                 

Matthew 01.mp3

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A Shared Spirit: Uniting of Jew and Gentile – Acts 2, 10 – 13

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Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in ChristdiversityPart 10 of 14

The Holy Spirit comes upon the first followers of Jesus. He begins to unite in Christ people who had no reason to be united about anything before.

A Shared Spirit Acts 2, 10 – 13.pdf

A Shared Assignment Matt Luke Acts.mp3

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A Shared Songbook: Christ in the Psalms – Psalms 2, 16, 22, 110 & 118

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Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in ChristdiversityPart 6 of 14

David composed many of the Psalms.  In them we see numerous references to the coming King.

A Shared Songbook Psalms.pdf 

A Shared Songbook Psalms.mp3

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A Shared King: The Covenant with David – 2 Samuel 7

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Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in ChristdiversityPart 5 of 14

David receives promises from God that include a a king from his descendants that will reign forever.

A Shared King 2 Samuel 7.pdf 

A Shared King 2 Samuel 7.mp3

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