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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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Romans 10:14–16 ESV
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
Thesis:
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.
Introduction:

The Need for Conversion

The World is Alienated from God

Romans 1:21–23 ESV
21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
See also Ro 1:28; Ro 3:11–12; Ps 14:3

The World does not Know God

Galatians 4:8 ESV
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.
See also 1 Co 1:21; 1 Co 15:34; 1 Th 4:5; 2 Th 1:8

God’s People have Turned Away from Him

Malachi 3:7 ESV
7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’
Acts 7:39 ESV
39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt,
See also Nu 14:43; Dt 9:12; 1 Sa 15:11 Saul; 1 Ki 11:9 Solomon; 2 Ch 25:27 Amaziah; Je 8:5; Eze 6:9; Da 9:11; Ac 7:39

God’s Demands for the Conversion of all People

Is 45:22; Ac 17:30
Isaiah 45:22 ESV
22 “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
Acts 17:30 ESV
30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,
See also Ps 65:5; Jon 4:11; Zec 9:10

God’s Demands for the Conversion of his Own People

God’s Desire to Save His People

Ezekiel 33:11 ESV
11 Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?
See also Je 3:22; Joe 2:12–13; Zec 1:3

God’s Faithfulness to His People

Jeremiah 3:14 ESV
14 Return, O faithless children, declares the Lord; for I am your master; I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.
See also Le 26:40–42; 2 Ch 30:9; Ho 3:5; Ho 6:1–3

God’s Promise of Restoration

2 Chronicles 7:13–14 ESV
13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
See also 1 Ki 8:48–49; Ne 1:9

The Call to Conversion through God’s Servants

The encouragement of his leaders

Jos 24:14–15 Joshua; 2 Ki 11:17 Jehoida
2 Ki 23:24–25; 2 Ch 34:31–33
2 Ch 15:11–15 Asa; 2 Ch 19:4 Jehoshaphat; 2 Ch 29:6–10 Hezekiah; Ps 51:13 David

The Ministry of His Prophets

Jeremiah 35:15 ESV
15 I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, sending them persistently, saying, ‘Turn now every one of you from his evil way, and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to serve them, and then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to you and your fathers.’ But you did not incline your ear or listen to me.
See also 2 Ch 24:19; Je 25:4; Ho 14:1–2; Jon 3:2

The Preaching of Believers

Acts 26:16–18 ESV
16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
See also Ac 2:38; Ro 10:14–15; Is 52:7

Rejection of God’s Call to Conversion

Isaiah 9:13 ESV
13 The people did not turn to him who struck them, nor inquire of the Lord of hosts.
See also Je 3:10; Ho 5:4; Ho 7:10; Am 4:6–11

How to Obey the Gospel

Hear - Romans 10:17

Romans 10:17 ESV 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Believe and Confess - Romans 10:9-10

Romans 10:9–10 ESV 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Repent - Luke 13:3

Luke 13:3 ESV 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

Be Baptized - Acts 2:38

Acts 2:38 (ESV) 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Remain Faithful - Revelation 2:10

Revelation 2:10 ESV 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
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