This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
4: Repentance and Faith
GOAL: to lead people to repent of sin and truth to renewed faith in Jesus Christ
Expanded Outline A. Introduction. 1. So far we have heard about God’s love, about what Jesus has done for us, about the relationship initiated by God with us. God has done all these things for us. Now it is time we respond. 2. Our proper response is repentance and faith. MK 1:14-15 a. We need to repent i.e. to reform our lives. And we need to believe in the gospel, i.e., have faith in Jesus and the message he brings. b. Repentance and faith go together. It is a double-action response. We cannot just have one with out the other. i. To just reform our lives is an inadequate response to God. We need to believe in Him and in his plans and promises. ii. To simply believe without doing anything to reform our lives to become pleasing to God is also inadequate.
B. Repentance 1. The Greek word for repentance in “metanoia”, which literally means a change of mind a. It is not just a simple confession of wrongdoing. Rather, it refers to a change in direction. i. It is a significant change in the way you live your life; dropping an old set of ideals and values by which you live your life and adopting new ones. ii. Repentance affects the way you think and act, your attitude, motives thought and behavior.
b. More specifically, repentance means a turning away from sin, evil, wrongdoing and running your own life. Further, it is turning to a life of obedience to god and having Jesus on the throne of your life.
2. What repentance is not. a. It is not dependent on feeling i. Rather, it depends on an objective decision to accept God’s righteousness in to one’s life and reject anything not compatible with this.
It is no being sorry for sin because we are afraid of the consequences i. We should not confuse sorrow for sin with sorrow for the consequences of the sin. We must hate sin itself. 3. What must we do to repent?
Be honest. Admit that we have sinned in our lives. i. Call a spade a spade. If it is sin, don not call it a “growth experience” b. Exercise humility. i. Be willing to change and be willing to receive help from the Lord to change. Don’t expect to be able to change all by your self. c. Renounce sin. Actively turn away from sin and decide not to do it again d. Ask God’s forgiveness i. 1 Jn 1:9 ii. Story of the prodigal son. Lk 15: 11-24 4. There are specific sin we need to renounce. These are serious sins that are totally incompatible with a relationship with God. We are not referring to just so-called “small-stuff” (e.g. , character flaw like always getting irritated). These serious sins are: a. Non-Christian religions ( involvement in such is seriously wrong fro a Christian)
i. This includes such “religious” as Freemasonry, New Age, and Transcendental Meditation. b. Spiritualism and the occult i. This includes witchcraft, fortunetelling, seances. Playing spirit of the glass etc. c. Sexual wrongdoing i. This includes sexual intercourse outside of marriage, adultery, active homosexuality d. Serious crimes such as murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery, corruption etc. * Note carefully which of these apply to you. It would be helpful fro you to talk to your facilitator this week about how to turn away from them. Remember that the point here is not to feel bad about your self fro past sins, but to decisively turn away from them. 5. Repentance only become complete after totally turning away from evil and accepting Jesus as the Lord a. Our lives need to come under his management. We need to let Jesus have the run of things b. Accepting Jesus and letting him be Lord of our lives require faith.
1. Faith is belief in the gospel (God speaks to people0, which is the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. a. Faith is belief in the messenger. Jesus, and in the message that he brings. b. Faith means not just believing with our mind (an intellectual belief) that Jesus is the Salvation, but believing in our heart that he came to be our personal savior. 2. Faith is a personal act and decision. It has several aspects (Rev 3:20). a. It is a definite act. We must open the door if Jesus is to come into our lives.
b. It is an individual act. We need to decide on our own to open the door. No one can decide for us to do so. c. It is deliberate act. We do not have to wait for a supernatural light to flash upon us from heaven (like Paul’s experince0 or an emotional experience to over take us. We already know that Jesus came into this world and died for our sins. He is now standing outside the door of our heart and is knocking. The nest move is ours. d. It is an urgent act. The future is uncertain and time is passing away e. It is an indispensable act i. It is part of our double-action response. ii. It is the step needed to receive what God has promised. Faith relying on all God has said. Example of Peter walking on water (Mt 14: 25-29) 3. What faith is not a. It is not a feeling i. Rather, we accept God’s word as truth, no matter what we feel b. It is not just wishful thinking. It is not based on illusion or personal desires but on god’s word c. It is not a blind leap i. Peter stepped on the water because Jesus invited him to. He replied on what Jesus said because he trusted Jesus would not lie and because he knew Jesus had the power to do whatever he said he would do. 4. God has promised us new life. Faith is accepting that life and letting God show us how to live it. We must be willing to do whatever God wants of us and actually do it.
D. Consequences of repentance and faith
1. Act 16:31 a. A promise of salvation from sin, Satan, death b. A promise of forgiveness and eternal life with God
2. Like 11:9-13 a. A promise of new life in the Spirit b. We can pray for a greater release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.