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Ten Facts You Should Know About Repentance
Fact #1: Repentance is a change of mind and behavior.
Fact #2: The call to repentance is at the heart of the Kingdom message.
Fact #3: The message of repentance is essential to the great commission.
Fact #4: God commands repentance.
Fact #5: Repentance is a gift of God.
Fact #6: Repentance is the fruit of Godly sorrow.
Fact #7: Repentance is the fruit of God’s goodness.
Fact #8: Repentance is necessary for salvation.
Fact #9: Repentance is inseparable from “saving faith.”
Fact #10: Repentance doesn’t end with initial conversion.
I. The Meaning of Repentance
A. A Change of Mind
B. Examples of Repentance
C. Repentance from Sin
II. Things That Must Precede Repentance
A. One Must Hear and Believe God’s Will.
B. One Must Acknowledge Sin.
C. One Must Be Sorry for His Sins.
III. The Importance of Repentance
A. Repentance Is Essential in Order to Develop Proper Attitudes.
B. Repentance Is Essential in order to Receive God’s Forgiveness.
III. Things That Must Follow Repentance
A. After Repentance, One Must Meet Other Conditions of Forgiveness.
B. Then One Must Change His Conduct - Quit Practicing Sin.
C. Then One Must Make Restitution.
Revolution of the heart
By J Horsfield, Hearts Minds Media 2017 (Edited by Open Faith Ministries)
WHO CAN FAIL TO BE struck by the opening words of The Way of a Pilgrim?
By the grace of God I am a Christian man, by my actions a great sinner, and by calling a homeless wanderer of the humblest birth who roams from place to place. My worldly goods are a knapsack and some dried bread in it, and a Bible in my breast pocket. And that is all. (1865)
There is a serious problem in the global world today. Famine, disease, war, greed, exploitation, suffering… why is it happening with the resources and facilities available to those with plenty. With inequality and injustice rife especially in those countries in affluence I ask what is needed is a revolution of the heart to change people for a better future. This is my perspective on why the Christian faith offers the potential to change people from examples and open wiki material to showcase where it has happened through testimony and writings. Before leaving which chapter excepts from my favourite books on the subject as a result of being a part of the Christian faith for over 25 years. – J H 2017
Before we begin I wish to highlight the influence of my friends and family in my journey since becoming a Christian, it is through them I have also learned my constant failings and failures as a person and as a follower of Christ. People are the best teachers and through helping each other we really help ourselves. In particular my parents and soulfriends Alan and Ernie who each have shown me what it takes to lead a life of principle and commitment not only to their own families but the greater responsibility of a global community.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the selections I’ve always enjoyed.
Choosing to Change (UCB, 2016)
Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Ezekiel 18:31
When my son acquired a small robot, he had fun programming it to perform simple tasks. He could make it move forward, stop, and then retrace its steps. He could even get it to beep and replay recorded noises. The robot did exactly what my son told it to do. It never laughed spontaneously or veered off in an unplanned direction. It had no choice.
When God created humans, He didn’t make robots. God made us in His image, and this means we can think, reason, and make decisions. We’re able to choose between right and wrong. Even if we have made a habit of disobeying God, we can decide to redirect our lives.
For a new start, ask God for a new heart.
When the ancient Israelites found themselves in trouble with God, He spoke to them through the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel said, “Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. . . . Get a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezek. 18:30–31).
This kind of change can begin with just one choice, empowered by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13). It might mean saying no at a critical moment. No more gossip. No more greed. No more jealousy. No more ___________. (You fill in the blank.) If you know Jesus, you’re not a slave to sin. You can choose to change, and with God’s help, this personal revolution can start today.
Dear God, all things are possible with You. Through the power of Jesus’s resurrection help me to take the first step toward a life of greater devotion to You.
Why the revolution is needed?
“Repent,” urged Peter, “and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). These divinely inspired words, spoken on the Day of Pentecost, the annual holy day that became the “birthday” of the New Testament church, show that repentance is the first prerequisite for receiving the Holy Spirit. “Repent” was the first command issued on the day the church was “born,” the first word used to answer the all-important question, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (2:37).
The writer of the book of Hebrews places “repentance from acts that lead to death” (Hebrews 6:1, NIV) at the head of a list of six “elementary truths of God’s word” (5:12, NIV). Repentance is a part of the very “foundation” (6:1) of the true Christian faith, so is much too important to be glossed over or neglected to any degree.
The importance of this essential doctrine is underscored by the fact that New Testament narratives specifically mention repentance in their summaries of the preaching of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:2), Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:7), and the apostle Paul (Acts 20:21). This should not be surprising since Jesus, who commissioned His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), said that “repentance and remission of sins should be preached to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).
A correct understanding of repentance is absolutely fundamental to biblical Christianity. The candidate for Christian baptism must know what repentance means, what to repent of, and how to distinguish between real and counterfeit repentance. He or she should also have a solid understanding of how repentance relates to Godly sorrow, divine grace, and saving faith.
Paul informs us that “these times of [past] ignorance God has overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). Repentance, then, is a subject deserving of careful study. The admonition to repent is for all man of all races and nationalities, and is an essential component of the good news of the Kingdom of God. As New Testament scholar David A. deSilva, Ph.D., rightly states, “Repentance is the divinely appointed means of repairing the relationship between God and humankind…” (Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Development, p. 1011). It is our hope that this booklet will help many come to a good understanding of this “divinely appointed means” of reconciliation, and apply it to their own lives.
The ten facts that follow, if carefully studied, will supply the reader with a solid foundation of knowledge about this important subject.
To repent means to change, or “have a change of mind.” W.E. Vine states, “In the N.T. the subject [repentance] chiefly has reference to repentance from sin, and this change of mind involves both a turning from sin and a turning to God” (An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, p. 953). This change of mind is a change of attitude and mental perspective, which results in a change in behavior. It means turning from