What Is Repentance?
- Resolutions Require Change, but it is Hard to Change
- Doing Change God’s Way
- Last week we saw that God Demands, Grants, and Welcomes Repentance. This week: What is Repentance?
What is Repentance? Five Words:
- OT – Naham – To Be Grieved (Genesis 6:6; Exodus 32:14; Jeremiah 8:6)
- OT – Shubh – To Turn, Return (Ezekiel 14:6; Isaiah 55:7-8; Joel 2:12-13)
- NT – Metamelomai – To Regret (Matthew 27:3; Matthew 21:32)
- NT – Metanoeo – To Change Your Mind (2 Corinthians 7:10; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 3:3-14; 2 Corinthians 12:21)
- NT – Epistrepho – To Turn About/Away (Acts 3:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; Acts 26:17-20)
What is Repentance? Three Elements:
- An Intellectual Element: A Change of Mind
- An Emotional Element: Regret/Remorse
- A Volitional Element: A Change of Will/Life
What is Repentance? Four Stages
- A True Sense of Your own Guilt and Sinfulness before God
- An Understanding of God’s Mercy in Chris
- A Hatred of Sin and Turning from it to God
- A Persistent Endeavor to Live a Holy Life of Obedience
- Have you Turned to God in Genuine Repentance?
- Are there Lingering Sins from which you Need to Repent?
- Feeling Bad is NOT Enough.
- External Change is NOT Enough.
- True Repentance is Inside Out.
- Are You Doing Change God’s Way?
Repentance is more than feeling bad about what you have done. Sure, remorse is involved, but repentance goes beyond regret. The NT word used most often to describe it means to “change your mind.” When we truly repent, we change the way the think about sin. We change the way we want to live. Instead of serving ourselves, we choose to serve God.
The Scripture also makes it clear that true repentance (changing our mind) results in a changed life. John the Baptist spoke of producing “fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). The Thessalonians “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Th 1:9).
Change, God’s way, is revolutionary. Perhaps that’s why we struggle with our resolutions; we haven’t tried doing change God’s way. This is the theme of my lesson series this Jan/Feb. I hope you will join us!
Have a Happy New Year! Joey