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Matthew 3 - NIV

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea

2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”[a]

4 John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan.

6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 “I baptize you with[b] water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire.

12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

The Baptism of Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.

14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”


a. Matthew 3:3 Isaiah?40:3
b. Matthew 3:11 {#dedup}Or in{/dedup}
c. Matthew 3:11 {#dedup}Or in{/dedup}

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Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17
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Shared by: I. G. Spong on Jan, 2017
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Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Jan, 2017
Summary: The sermon shares the uses of water in the bible which brought cleansing, forgiveness, deliverance, and provision to people and Christ invites each of us to come to the waters.
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Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17
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Shared by: Kenneth Sauer on Jan, 2017
Summary: A sermon for Baptism of the Lord Sunday.
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Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17
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Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Dec, 2016
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Shared by: Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Dec, 2016
Summary: The way in which we prepare demonstrates the importance of the One who comes
Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12
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Shared by: I. G. Spong on Dec, 2016
Summary: Let’s look at Matthew 3:1-12 and the idea of repentance as preparation for Christ.
Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12
Denomination: United Methodist
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Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Nov, 2016
Summary: John the Baptist was a dramatic type preach who certainly shook things up or rocked the boat of society, rocked the boat of peoples lives, and rocked the boat of what it meant to repent.
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Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 54
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Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Nov, 2016
Summary: This is a message about Repentance. John's Message of Repentance is a Message of Hope. It's a message of Hope because it reminds us that: 1. God is For Us 2. God wants to Work in Us 3. God wants to Work through Us
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Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12
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Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Oct, 2016
Summary: John shares with us three wonderful gifts of the baptism/fire of the Holy Spirit - 1. A New Life 2. A New Life of Power 3. A New Life of Order and Direction
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Shared by: Larry Lewis on Sep, 2016
Summary: There are three types of baptisms mentioned in the Bible. In this 3rd and final message in our series entitled 'Baptized', we will focus on what the Bible has to say about the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
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Shared by: John Gaston on Sep, 2016
Summary: The Holy Spirit does the hands-on work in the Bible: creating, inspiring, empowering, communicating the Word. Jesus left Him to direct the church. Are we ignoring Him or are we seeking Him and cooperating with Him?
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Shared by: Denn Guptill on Jun, 2016
Summary: A look at the day John Baptized Jesus
Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17
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Shared by: Dean Courtier on May, 2016
Summary: Belief in the Trinity is FOUNDATIONAL to our faith. The truth of the Trinity is REVEALED by PROGRESSIVE REVELATION in the Bible. We BELIEVE in the truth of the Trinity by FAITH.
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Shared by: Ken Ritz on Mar, 2016
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Shared by: Robert Sickler on Feb, 2016
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Scripture: Matthew 3:8
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Shared by: Stephen Brown on Jan, 2016
Summary: Is water baptism really necessary? If so, why?
Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17
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Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Nov, 2015
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Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12
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Shared by: Craig Condon on Oct, 2015
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Shared by: Craig Condon on Oct, 2015
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Shared by: Craig Condon on Oct, 2015
Summary: In this season of Advent, as we prepare for Christ’s return, we must hear and heed the call to repentance. It is a life-giving call from a loving Saviour. We must examine ourselves and cleanse our lives. We must repent because the kingdom is here with us
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Mark Opperman avatar
Shared by: Mark Opperman on Sep, 2015
Summary: The sinner must repent before they receive salvation. Those who are saved must practice repentance if they are to enjoy unbroken fellowship with God. Repentance is both negative and positive – turning away from sin – turning to God.
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Shared by: Troy Borst on Aug, 2015
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