01-21-18 Sermon - Fishing With Carrot And Stick

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As Jesus begins his public ministry his message sounded similar to that of John the Baptist, and indeed similar to the prophets of the Old Testament. Repent and believe - the proverbial "carrot and stick", although with the stick coming first. So what is different? It is Jesus' insistence that the time has arrived and that kingdom is at hand. And with his advent on the scene the good news to be believed will be what Jesus will accomplish on the Cross for the forgiveness of sins and how this opens the kingdom to believers...