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December 4, 2016 - Repentant Hearts and Changed Lives - Luke 3:7-18

posted Dec 14, 2016, 8:00 PM by Grant Garber
  • If we claim to be Jesus’ disciples, then doing what He said is a serious part of that claim. It is a reflection of the genuineness of our words.
  • We don’t seek to be disciples of Christ out of fear or envy. It is love received that motivates the believer to return love….to love Christ and others.
  1. John reminds us that true repentance is more than just words; it includes a change in behavior.
    • John was a first-century contemporary of the ancient prophets and his call to repentance was as scathing as that of Isaiah or Jeremiah.
    • John was a prophet speaking of something that went far beyond ritual. John’s message of repentance called for a change of behavior.
  2. John reminds all of us to change our behavior where we are.
    • “Fruit in keeping with repentance” is fruit that affects our relationship to other people.
    • When Christ comes into our lives His love changes our relationships for the better. This is the wonderful truth of the Gospel -- - Jesus makes a difference in our lives!
    • Christ doesn’t need to change our location in order to change us. His power effects change in whatever location we find ourselves.
  3. John reminds us that mission must be uppermost for every believer.
    • When we are in the service of the King there is a mission for each of us to perform. As He works in our lives He does so with purpose in mind.
Pastor Jim Spon | Luke 3:7-18