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God’s demands for conversion

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Through his servants, God calls people to turn to him. He wants to save the world which is alienated from him, and to restore those of his backslidden people who return to him and renew their commitment to the covenant.

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The need for conversion

The world is alienated from God

Romans 1:21–23 NIV
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
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The world does not know God

Galatians 4:8 NIV
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
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God’s people have turned away from him

Malachi 3:7 NIV
Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
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God’s demands for the conversion of all people

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God’s demands for the conversion of his own people

God’s desire to save his people

Ezekiel 33:11 NIV
Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, 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! Why will you die, people of Israel?’
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God’s faithfulness to his people

Jeremiah 3:14 NIV
“Return, faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband. I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion.
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God’s promise of restoration

2 Chronicles 7:13–14 NIV
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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The call to conversion through God’s servants

The encouragement of his leaders

Joshua; Jehoida

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Asa; Jehoshaphat; Hezekiah; David

The ministry of his prophets

Jeremiah 35:15 NIV
Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me.
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The preaching of believers

Acts 26:16–18 NIV
‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
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Rejection of God’s call to conversion

Isaiah 9:13 NIV
But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the Lord Almighty.
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