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Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 3:1-12.

“Be [re-]converted…now!”  (Matthew 3:1-12)

I.   We do not repent so that the kingdom ________________, we repent because the kingdom _________________ (v.2). 

A.   Salvation is not ________ going up to heaven; it is _________ coming down to earth (v.3). 

B.   The remedy for sin is not to deny it or blame others for it but to ___________________ (v.6). 

II.  Even God’s people need conversion (v.5; 1 Peter 4:17). 

A.   Those who assume that they cannot _______________ must be reminded that they can (1 Corinthians 10:12). 

B.   Those who are distressed that they have ______________________________ must be reassured that _____________________________________ (v.6; 1 John 1:9; Luke 18:13; Matthew 8:8). 

C.   God can make children from stones, wheat from chaff, and good trees from bad (v.9b; 12b; Matthew 12:33). 

III. John is steering all of us away from the wrath of God (vv.10, 12).

A.   Divine wrath is not the irritability of God, but the _________ of God in friction with injustice.  (Frederick Dale Bruner). 

B.   God’s wrath does not contradict His love; it proves it.  A love which ____________ injustice is not love (Bruner).

C.   “The Lord is not wishing that ________________________, but that ______________________________” (2 Peter 3:9).