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Thank you for listening in our podcast at Grace & Truth Community Church.  We post weekly sermons from our church in Evansville, Indiana, USA.  May God bless you to know Jesus more fully and love others more deeply.

 

Oct 18, 2017

10/08/17 - Matthew 3:13-17

Last week we ended with Saul being baptized which is a ritual initiation announcing  our commitment to Christ & His people The Church. This week we’ll see Jesus identify with sinners by meeting them at the place of their confession of sins and being washed clean.  Jesus is baptized to identify with the ones whose sins He will one day pay for.  Just as baptism symbolizes going down in the water as dying; and coming up out of the water as a new & resurrected life, before Jesus begins His ministry He fore-shadows His own death & resurrection.  When we come to Jesus in faith, we find shelter from the storm; The Local Church is part of God’s plan to keep us out of the rain, and baptism is our identifying with Jesus who’s already identified with us.   

 

Vs. 13–14 - Down To The River

Vs. 15 - Let It Be So

Vs. 16 - Jesus Was Baptized

Vs. 17 - God Takes Pleasure in Obedience




Benediction

adapted from 2 Corinthians 5:17–20

“. . . If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore (people) on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”