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Examples of repentance

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Scripture provides examples to illustrate the importance of repentance for individuals and communities.

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The repentance of individuals

The call to personal repentance

Acts 2:38 NASB95
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
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Examples of individual repentance

Balaam; David, after taking a census; Ahab; Josiah; Job; David, following his adultery with Bathsheba; the prodigal son; the tax collector in the temple; Peter’s sorrow after denying Jesus Christ; Peter’s confession and reinstatement; Simon the sorcerer’s repentance may not have been genuine.

Corporate repentance

Examples of corporate repentance

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See also Israel in the desert; Israel in the time of the judges; Israel, after asking for a king; Egypt turns to God in repentance; the people of Lydda and Sharon

Leaders encouraged corporate repentance

Ezra 10:1 NASB95
Now while Ezra was praying and making confession, weeping and prostrating himself before the house of God, a very large assembly, men, women and children, gathered to him from Israel; for the people wept bitterly.
See also Josiah leads Judah in repentance; Asa leads Judah in repentance; Hezekiah leads Israel and Judah in repentance; Following the exile, Ezra leads the Israelites in repentance; The king of Nineveh leads the people in repentance.

Corporate repentance within the church

Revelation 2:4–5 NASB95
‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.
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Symbols of repentance

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