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Repentance

Repentance is one evidence that we have truly believed in Jesus as our Savior from sin and Lord of our lives. Repentance is a resolve to turn away from and forsake our sin—whatever the cost—and to seek God instead.

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Repentance

Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it. It is, in fact, a change of mind of a very deep and practical character, which makes the man love what once he hated, and hate what once he loved.

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With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes

by Red Mountain Church

Messages: 67 Min

Happy Are the Sad

by John MacArthur

Verse
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 CSB

I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.

Article: 7 Min

Godly Grief, Worldly Grief

by Kevin DeYoung at Christianity Today

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I restore
the crushed spirit of
the humble
and revive the courage
of those with
repentant hearts.

The Lord, Isaiah 57:15 NLT

Verse
Luke 15:11-32 ESV

How does God receive those who repent of their sins? 

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them.

Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”

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Messages: 48 Min

The Response of Faith: Repentance

by Matt Chandler

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The Kingdom of God
is near!
Repent of your sins
and believe the Good News!

John the Baptist, Mark 1:15 NLT

Verse
Luke 15:7 ESV

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Video: 11 Min

Verse
Acts 2:37-38 CSB

When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

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Repentance
turns from sin to Christ,
and faith embraces
him as the only hope
of salvation and righteousness.
That is what conversion means
in simple terms.

Video: 1 Min

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Confession by itself
is not repentance.
Confession moves
the lips;
repentance moves the heart.
Naming an act as evil before God is not
the same as leaving it.
Though your confession may be
honest and emotional,
it is not enough unless
it expresses a true change of heart.

Verse
Acts 3:19 NIV

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.

Quote

Faith and repentance are inseparable,
in the same way that
the command to come here
cannot be fulfilled
without leaving there.

LESSONS FROM LITERATURE

WHAT DOES REPENTANCE

look like?

You may have heard of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, or Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Both books, as well as Lewis’ book, The Great Divorce, include fictional scenes that illustrate the biblical concept repentance. They show us that coming to God means forsaking our old self and our favorite sins, but always results in deep joy.

Chose one of the stories below. Grab a hot drink or find a quiet place to read and discover what repentance looks like. 

Verse
Matthew 5:29-30 CSB

If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

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