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As you prepare for our time together this Sunday, spend some time praying through John 15:1-11. Fruit and fruitfulness are major themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It is significant that John the Baptist instructs the pharisees that he encounters in Matthew 3 to “bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” Often, as a Christian, I can become consumed with productivity. Am I doing enough? Am I pleasing to the Lord? However, fruit is only good if it is connected to a healthy vine or plant. As you prepare for Sunday morning, spend some time evaluating how much you abide in Christ. Are you abiding in Christ or is the fruit you are producing selfish, prideful and self-protecting? Between now and Sunday, walk through John 15, pray and renew your connection to Jesus. He’s ready to refresh you with the Holy Spirit.
This Sunday, Drew will expound upon John the Baptist’s role as forerunner of Christ and Jesus’ baptism by John. This text is full to the brim with themes of death, resurrection, fruitfulness, obedience and more. Gas up friends, because its going to be a trip worth taking!
Sermon Text: Matthew 3
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