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Summary: Christmas preparation begins in the heart and overflows into our life. Through John the Baptist’s preaching the Spirit prepares hearts to bear fruit for Jesus. Parts: A. Genuine fruit is rooted in Christ B. Authentic fruit connects to your place in life

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Text: Luke 3:7-18

Theme: Your Faith-filled Heart Produces a Fruit-filled Life

A. Genuine fruit is rooted in Christ

B. Authentic fruit connects to your place in life.

Season: Advent 3c

Date: December 13, 2009

Web page: http://hancocklutheran.org/sermons/Your-Faith-filled-Heart-Produces-a-Fruit-filled-Life-Luke3_7-18.html

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Word from God through which the Holy Spirit works faith in our hearts is Luke 3

"Therefore he was saying to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore, produce fruit that measures up to repentance and don’t begin to say to yourself, ’We have Abraham as our Father.’ For I say to you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones. Moreover the ax as well already lies at the root of the trees. So every tree not producing good fruit is cut down and thrown into fire."

"The crowds were asking him, "So what should we do?" He replied to them, "Whoever has two tunics, share with him who has none, and whoever has food, do likewise."

"In addition tax collectors came to be baptized and said to him, "Teacher, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not collect more than what has been commanded you."

"Even soldiers were asking him, "What of us, what should we do?" He said to them, "Don’t shake down others or blackmail them. Be content with your pay."

"Since the people were eagerly waiting and all were debating in their hearts about John whether he might not somehow be the Christ, John answered all, "I, for my part, baptize with water, but One stronger than I is coming, whose sandal lace I’m not fit to untie. He will baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire. He has the winnowing fork in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the grain into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

"So as he encouraged many other things, he spoke the Good News to the people." (Luke 3:7-18)

Dear friends in Christ, fellow saints washed clean in the blood of our risen Savior:

The trees are barren at this time of year. No leaves, no blossoms, no fruit. But fruit is associated with Christmas, isn’t it? Fruit baskets are given. Apples are handed out to children after the Christmas Eve service. Fruit cake makes its rounds. Even bulbs on a Christmas tree vaguely imitate fruit hanging from branches.

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate our Savior’s birth, John the Baptist’s preaching calls out to us: "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance" (Luke 3:8 NIV). Yes, dear friend, he’s speaking to you and me. "Produce fruit in keeping with repentance" (Luke 3:8 NIV). For you see, your faith-filled heart produces a fruit-filled life. That’s our theme this morning. This genuine fruit is rooted in Christ. And this authentic fruit connects to your place in life. Through his word may the Holy Spirit work in you so that more and more your faith-filled heart produces a fruit-filled life.

A. Genuine fruit is rooted in Christ


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