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CFC CLP Talk 4: Repentance & Faith
Transcript of CFC CLP Talk 4: Repentance & Faith
Christian Life Program
Repentance & Faith
“The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news” - Mark 1:14-15
What is Repentance?
To repent, in relation to salvation, is to change your mind in regard to Jesus Christ.
Repentance & Faith
"Two sides of the same coin"
Repentance and faith go together. It is a double‑action response. We cannot just have one without the other.
It is impossible to place your faith in Jesus Christ as the Saviour without first changing your mind about who He is and what He has done.
The Two Ways
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." - Proverbs 14:12
"But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after his desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." - James 1:14-15
"I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways." - Ezekiel 33:11
Repentance is not merely feeling sorry or remorseful
It is an objective decision to accept only God's righteousness into one's life and reject anything not compatible with this
Repentance is not a work we do to earn salvation. No one can repent and come to God unless God pulls that person to Himself
It is impossible to truly and fully change your mind without that causing a change in action.
So what do we do to REPENT?
Looking at it in God's way - The Six Steps of Repentance
Ask for Forgiveness
"For I will declare my inequity; I will be sorry for my sin." (Psalms 38:18)
"All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word."
The Story of the Prodigal Son
Rectify Problems caused by the Sin
"And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof." (Exodus 22:12)
"He that covers his sins shall not prosper; but who so confesses and forsakes them
shall be shown mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
(1 John 1:9)
The Urgency of His Call
"In the past, God overlooked such ignorance; but now He commands all people everywhere to repent." (Acts 17:30)
God warns us not to 'look back'
"It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them." (2 Peter 2:21-22)
God's gift that goes with Repentance
"You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." (Psalms 16:11)
Faith is both belief in the messenger, Jesus, and the message that He brings
Faith is a personal ACT and decision
a definite act
an individual act
just a feeling
just a wishful thinking
based on illusions or personal desires
God's Promise to Us
A promise of salvation from sin, Satan & death
A promise of forgiveness and eternal life with God
A promise of new life in the Spirit
We can pray for a greater release of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Luke 11:9-13)
Specific Sins We Need To Renounce
a) Involvement by a Christian in non Christian religions.
This includes such "religions" as Freemasonry, New Age, Transcendental Meditation, Scientology.
b) Spiritualism and the occult.
This includes witchcraft, fortune telling, seances, playing spirit of the glass, etc.
c) Sexual wrongdoing.
This includes sexual intercourse outside marriage, adultery, active homosexuality.
d) Serious crimes such as murder, rape, kidnapping, robbery, corruption, etc.
e) Drunkenness (not just drinking but drunkenness) and getting stoned on drugs.