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5 R’s of Repentance

Repentance can be confusing. Is it to be simply be sorry for sin? To try harder next time? To never sin again? The Bible is clear on the importance of repentance (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30). So, it is crucial to know what repentance is and what it looks like.

Essentially, to repent is to turn away from sin and to turn to God and trust in the gospel. It involves the altering of both the inward emotions of the mind and heart and the outward actions of the body. There are many vital elements in repentance, and throughout the Bible we see a clear picture of repentance.

Recognition of Sin

 “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight” (Psalm 51:3-4).

When you realize you are a sinner and you see your need for a Savior, you’ll then come to the point of recognizing your sin. This is to confess your sin to God and ask for forgiveness. To recognize and confess your sin is to do what David did in Psalm 51: admit that you sinned against God and agree with Him that you are guilty. In addition to recognizing your sin, you are to also recognize the remedy for it—the cross of Jesus Christ.

Remorse for Sin

 “As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10).
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In repentance, Paul says that godly grief should occur. To have godly grief is to have remorse for sin, which is to show deep sorrow and regret over sinning against God. When this occurs, you will be “grieved into repenting.” And because it is a godly grief—a grief that doesn’t just acknowledge wrongdoing, but also admits crime and offense against God—it produces repentance that leads to salvation, for it leads to a confession of sin and an acceptance of the gospel. Remorse for sin is sour, but it leads to the sweetness of the gospel.

“Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.” – Thomas Watson

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The Cure for Condemnation

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We’ve all been there. We get amped up and excited about our faith. We want to rise up and make an impact for Christ and His kingdom. But as we rise up, we often get knocked down. We fall and face plant in our sin. We recognize the sin, and we repent and realize that Jesus died for it, but what should we do about all of the guilt, regret, and shame that comes with it?

Because of sin, many Christians feel condemned. They think they’re no longer worthy to pray, read the Bible, or go to church. They think their sin is too bad for God to forgive. They think that God doesn’t love them anymore and that they’re going to hell. But, although that might describe the way we feel, it doesn’t describe what’s true. Here’s the fact:

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

The Cross is the Cure

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross we are no longer condemned for our sin. Why? Because Jesus was condemned for our sin. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus lived the life that we could not live and died the death that we deserved—and triumphantly rose again, defeating sin and death. He took the punishment for our sin; because of His perfect life, He makes us righteous because we are “in Christ Jesus.” He removed our guilt and sin and replaced it with grace and salvation. Paul says it this way, “By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). There’s no condemnation because there’s justification—we are set free from the eternal penalty of sin and the enslaving power of sin.

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Overcomplicating Evangelism

*In this article, Pastor Greg Laurie answers the who, where, why, and when of evangelism.

We overcomplicate this thing called evangelism.

I’ve read that 95% of Christians have never led another person to Christ. Let’s look at the basics: The Who, Where, Why, and When of Evangelism.

Who is called to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel”?

Answer: We are!
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Matthew 28:19–20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” These words are addressed to everyone (not just pastors, evangelists, and missionaries, but everyone). In the original language, they are a command. You are commanded by the Lord Himself to do this. No exceptions.

Where are we to preach the gospel?

Answer: Everywhere!

Mark’s Gospel has a variation on this Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). To personalize it, “Go into all of your world and preach the gospel.” Go into your family, your workplace, your campus, your sphere of influence.

Jesus did not say, “Go and be a good example” but “Go and preach the gospel.” Some say, “I don’t want to push anything on people!” Would it be “pushing” something if you had a cure for cancer?

Why are we to preach the gospel?

Answer: Because God’s primary way of reaching people is through people!

“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21). But there is another reason as well: because we care. We don’t want to see people go to hell!

When are we do to it?

Answer: All the time!
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We must always be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. You never know when the door of opportunity will open. “Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not” (2 Timothy 4:2). Another translations says, “Be on duty at all times.” And 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

What is your biggest hurdle to sharing the gospel?

Four Words

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If we want to see an Uprising, we have to understand our message. Imagine a revolutionary or martyr giving their lives for a message that they were unable to explain to others. People only live out and die for ideas that have taken hold of every part of their being—ideas that they have grasped with their whole mind, heart, soul and strength. If we are going to live lives that change the world, we must let the life-changing message sink deep into us.inflatables

What is the message that we are proclaiming? What is going to cause an Uprising among people today?

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