The Doctrine of Repentance
[Matt.4:17] Jesus preached “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”
[Matt.3:1-2] John the Baptist preached the same
[Mk.6:7-12] The Apostles preached that men should repent
[Acts 2:38] Peter preached it
[Acts 17:30] Paul said the God commanded it
[2 Pet.3:9] It is still God’s will
Salvation requires repentance [Acts 20:20-21]
The Lord is still calling sinners to repentance today.
God’s word puts much emphasis on repentance, yet it is still a very misunderstood doctrine
Repentance is best defined by its three parts:
It is a change in MIND, that results in a change in HEART, that results in a change in DIRECTION.
[Gen.6:6-7] First mention, God repented!
True repentance is the complete package.
Change in MIND (Involves the Intellect)
[Matt.21:28-32] The son changed his MIND about his unwillingness to work in the vineyard.
[Acts 2:14-40] Peter called upon the Jews to repent or change their MINDs concerning Christ.
Change in HEART (Involves the Emotions)
[2Cor.7:7-11] real repentance will bring about an emotional response
Just how much emotion is necessary? [Ps.38:18] [Lk.18:13-14] [Matt.26:75]
[Heb.12:15-17] A shower of tears found no repentance
Change in DIRECTION (Involves the Will or Actions)
[Lk.15:18-20] to repent is to turn
[Lk.15:21] the prodigal confessed his sin and forsook it [Isa.55:7] [Prov.28:13]
And turned from his sin [1Thes.1:9] [Acts26:18]
Real repentance will cause a sinner to take Action
How is Repentance Produced?
Preaching of the Gospel [Rom.1:16-17] [1Thes.1:5-10]
Blessings of God [Rom.2:4]
Chastisement of God [Heb.12:6,10-11]
Reproof of another Christian [2Tim.2:24-25] [Gal.6:1]
Results of Repentance
[Lk.15:7,10] Joy in Heaven
[Acts 3:19] [Isa 1:18] Pardon and Forgiveness