This guide includes teaching and study questions on 2 Corinthians 10:13-12:10 (morning lesson) and Luke 3:1-17 (evening lesson).
This devotional guide examines several different passages about repentance, from Joel to 2 Chronicles to the Gospels.
In Matthew 3, Matthew reported that John the Baptist came on the scene preaching repentance because of the nearness of the kingdom of heaven. But what was the nature or quality of the repentance he advocated?
Today, many understand repentance as a decision we make prior to baptism and conversion. In the "plan of salvation," repentance is merely one step in a process. Repentance is often understood or stated as though it was a feeling of remorse for past sin committed.
While this understanding of repentance is important, it is not the whole story. According to John the Baptist, repentance is a lifestyle of conforming to the values and priorities of God and his kingdom. He noted, in his preaching, that judgment exists for those who do not repent (Matt. 3:10, 12). But he also noted that one's lifestyle needs to demonstrate their repentance. Thus, repentance is a lifestyle; it must be ongoing. We must "bear fruit in keeping with repentance" (Matt. 3:8).
So repentance is not just "felt" but also demonstrated. Repentance is a way of life within God's kingdom because the challenge of changing our lives--of being transformed--to be kingdom agents for God is ongoing and always in process.
Does your life demonstrate the fruit of repentance?
Download an MP3 of Reminders to Repent.
Repentance is one of those elusive topics we consider from time to time. Although we often view repentance as a feeling, Jesus teaches us that repentance is about choosing him and drawing closer to him. In this sermon, learn 5 different ways of understanding repentance and be drawn closer to God as a result.
What are your thoughts about repentance? Please leave them in the comments.
Thanks to a technical problem caused by yours truly, you'll have to put up with a shortened version of my sermon!
Repentance is not based in feelings but in action that lives out God's kingdom values. Repentance requires a response, demands that we live a lifestyle that shares God's love with others, and requires specific actions on our part.
Sermon: Repentance Requires Response