Repentance

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What is Repentance: Is it a work that justifies me? Is it a good deed a day? What does repentance look like in an individual’s life?

Luke 13:1-5 – Judgment is coming, we all must repent. Jesus was challenging the idea that tragedies and physical ailments were a response to sin, Jesus answers no, but we must all repent regardless.

Acts 26:19-21 – It was preached, all around the known lands to repent. Though the consequences may follow for quite some time, forgiveness is immediate on Gods part. Also notice how the religious respond when Repentance is preached.

2nd Corinthians 7:10-11 – Godly repentance leads to salvation, which leads to no regret. It produces a sense of indignation, a desire to be innocent of the matters concerning your mistakes and past.

Matthew 5:29-30 – The idea to remove from your life, things that are causing you to sin or struggle with temptation.

Acts 3:19 – It’s a turning away from your sin, going the other way and being forgiven.

The Five Questions:

  1. Have you ever had a significant change in your behavior?  A time when everyone said, “What’s come over you?  You’re different”
  2. Are you eager to do the will of God, or do you have to be coerced?
  3. Do you have God’s attitude towards sin?  A radical aversion?
  4. Have you repented in accordance with what the Bible teaches?
  5. How many people do you know who have truly repented?

Additional Scriptures on Repentance

  • Luke 3:7-14 – John rebuked religious pride, expected repentance, the kind that leads to fruit
  • Luke 5:31-32 – In repentance we must see ourselves as lost, not self-righteousness
  • Luke 7:29-30 – Comparing ourselves to others is wrong
  • Luke 13:6-9 – God is patient with us, though he expects us to change
  • Luke 13:22-30 – Make every effort to repent, our salvation is on the line
  • Luke 15 – Three parables on repentanc
  • Luke 18:9-14 – Keeping track of good deeds as a means to right your wrongs, not true; it does not work.

How to Use This Study

Repent in Greek is “metanoiaand it means a change of mind and heart, repentance, a change or afterthought correction.

  • Starting in Acts Chapter 2: Peter Addressed this crowd who gathered for the festival known as Pentecost
  • Pentecost was the second of the annual harvest festivals, coming 50 days after Passover.
  • Read Acts 2:36-41 as an opener to the study
  • This desperate statement is made, “What shall we do?” – An almost absurd question considering what’s at stake.
  • Read the scriptures and the statements with them

Closing the Study:

  • Do you think someone who has repented will diligently read their Bible and Show up to the meetings of the body we call church services?
  • Do you have Gods attitude towards sin?
  • Do you take the steps to repent as scripture declares?
  • If the answer is “no” then what are you willing to do to change that?
  • Who (in the individuals life you are studying with) in your life is setting the example of biblical repentance?
  • Remember sin is a turning away – a decision – and a deepening walk with God
  • Briefly discuss, skim over the additional passages that are available