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"Repentance"

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Repentance

Hebrews 6:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Foundations are very Importance

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV 1900
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:15–16 KJV 1900
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
The foundation is
++A place of beginning
++The starting point
++Not the focal point
++Vital to a structure

What does it mean to be a Christian?

Is it just
++going to church?
++having a devotional life?
++believing in God?
It is these and much more.
A Christian is
++A follower of the teachings of Christ
Matthew 16:24 KJV 1900
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Luke 9:62 KJV 1900
62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
A Christian is
A follower of the teachings of Christ
++A person that walks by faith
Romans 1:17 KJV 1900
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
A Christian is
A follower of the teachings of Christ
A person that walks by faith
++A person that knows the work of Christ in them
Galatians 2:20 KJV 1900
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Romans 8:11 KJV 1900
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
A Christian is
A follower of the teachings of Christ
A person that walks by faith
A person that knows the work of Christ in them
++A person that has accessed the grace of God
Ephesians 2:8 KJV 1900
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 KJV 1900
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
It means something
++to be a Christian
++to be a Child of God
John 1:11–12 KJV 1900
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

What does it take to receive him?

To those that receive him
++He empowers them
Acts 1:8 KJV 1900
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
To those that receive him
He empowers them
++He positions them
++He calls them sons
Galatians 4:7 KJV 1900
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Hebrews 6:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Some foundations are layed by us

Do not lay again the foundation of repentance

The Old testament Usage (42 times)

Repentance (Hebrew)
++regret
++be sorry
++console oneself
++comfort
Other usage
++Turn back
++Return
++Compassion

The New Testament Usage (64 times)

Repent (Greek)
++Change ones mind
++Revoke a choice or direction

Change is at the root of Repentance

Why is a change needed?
What do I change to?
Change is possible
++When truth is revealed
++When truth is recieved
++When truth is reproduced
Isaiah 6:1 KJV 1900
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Isaiah 6:5 KJV 1900
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

Nothing reveals us like an encounter with God

Repentance is
++A requirement for fellowship with God
1 Thessalonians 1:9 KJV 1900
9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
James 4:7 KJV 1900
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Repentance is
A requirement for fellowship with God
++Turning away from sin
Luke 18:13 KJV 1900
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
Sorrow for Sin
Confession of sin
Forsaking specific sins
Luke 15:17–19 KJV 1900
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
Repentance is
A requirement for fellowship with God
Turning away from sin
++Turning to God
Faith in God
Obedience to God
Ezekiel 18:21–23 KJV 1900
21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
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