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Lessons for the Salvation Seminar (Text Version)

Bible Doctrine of Salvation

Lessons: Salvation, Regeneration, Repentance, Faith, Justification, How to Be Born Again, Sanctification.

III. Repentance



To experience such sorrow for sin that a person will turn from sin and turn to God.

  1. Repentance involves a change of MIND (Romans 12:2).

    The "prodigal" son came to himself, realizing that he had sinned against heaven and returned home (Luke 15:17-18).

    Zachaeus recognized that he had stolen from others and repaid four times the original amount (Luke 19:8).

  2. Repentance involves a change of the WILL (the do).

    Actions speak louder than words. Although thinking and feeling undergo change, the substantial transformation is the will. At conversion, Paul asked, "Lord, what will Thou have me to do?" Repentance leads to service. I Thessalonians 1:9. "Make me thy servant," the son said. Luke 15:19. It is important for a person to think or even say firmly when faced with temptation, "I CHOOSE NOT TO...or I CHOOSE TO..." obey God.

  3. Repentance involves a change of the heart (feelings, emotions).

    The affections and emotional desires change in repentance. The sorrow for sin replaces the "pleasure" in evil. Holy shame that leads to contrition and confession is the evidence of real repentance (2 Corinthians 7:7-11). David wrote, "I hate every false way...." Paul describes those who will not acknowledge God but are given over to sin as having pleasure in unrighteousness (Romans 1:32).

At regeneration a person receives the ability to turn from sin and do God's will, BUT he must choose to stop lying, stealing, living immorally or whatever other sins he has been committing.

Repentance is always the inward change of the heart first, followed by the transformation of the life--never the other way around.

Repentance - turning from sin to God - is the result of thoughtfulness and thankfulness and brings joy in heaven, on earth, and in the heart and life (Luke 15:6, 7, 9, 24).

The Necessity of Repentance:

A great number of preachers today talk about "faith" or "believing" to be saved but omit to emphasize the necessity of repentance.

  1. God has commanded all to repent (Acts 17:30). A command of God presumes the ability to do so. God would not command man to do what he cannot. One may refuse to obey this command but cannot escape the consequence of that decision.
  2. Jesus said, "...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3, 5).
  3. "Repentance" was
    • The first word from John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-2)
    • The initial message of Jesus (Mark 1:14-15)
    • The theme of Peter's preaching at Pentecost (Acts 2:38)
    • The essence of Paul's ministry - testifying to all, "...repentance toward God..." (Acts 20:21).
    • The final warning of Jesus to the church (Revelation 2-3).
    • Must be preached in His Name among all nations (Luke 24:47).

Different Aspects of Repentance.

Conviction: The awareness of guilt before God.

The recognition of responsibility for sin and desire to turn. (See Acts 26:9; Philippians 3:8; 1 Thessalonians 1:9.)

Contrition: The sorrow of heart and conscience that senses the need of God.

Attrition: An acknowledgment of shortcomings before God.

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