Repent and Return (Luke 3:1-20)

After over 400 years of silence, the word of the God came to Zechariah and Elizabeth’s son, John – the last and greatest of the Old Testament prophets.  We read that “he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Luke 3:3). But John wasn’t preaching a baptism that could wash away our guilty stains; he was preparing the way for the Messiah, the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. He was calling Israel to radically change how they viewed themselves, and the depths of their sin, and to return to God to find forgiveness of sins through faith in His Son. In this sermon, Pastor Matt explains the nature of true repentance and exhorts the church to continue bearing fruit in keeping with a lifestyle of repentance.