Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol 2 Lesson 9

Lesson 9: The Doctrine of Repentance


 1. Repentance means to “think again”. It results in our changing of our minds. Matthew 21:28-32. In repentance there must be a consciousness of the sense of regret for the wrong view and the wrong conduct taken previously.


2. Repentance always comes before faith in our response to the Gospel. There is a distinct difference between repentance (changed thinking and changed actions) and remorse (just feeling sorry).


3. GRACE leads to repentance. Repentance is a gift of God to any activity on the part of men and women. Zechariah 12:10. Without Grace and supplication, there can be no Repentance. Acts 5:31, 11:18, 2 Timothy 2:25.


4. The way in which God leads us to repentance is through the teaching and preaching of His holy word. Acts 2:37, 17:30.


5. Repentance must include the whole person or it is not Repentance. It must include:
a. Our minds, our intellect. Preaching about Repentance starts with the intellect and the understanding of the word. Romans 3:20, Matthew 5:4, Galatians 3:19, Psalm 51, Job 42:6, Luke 18:13, Romans 7:24,                       2 Corinthians 2:11
b. Our heart and our feelings– There must be a kind of anguish , a sense of fear and dread, and a “godly sorrow”. 2 Corinthians 7:10
c. Our wills– Action is an essential part of Repentance. Our wills comes into operation and it turns us from what was wrong to what is right. Isaiah 55:7, Joel 2:13, Luke 3:8-14, Acts 26:18, 1 Thessalonians 1:9.


6. The matters dealt with in repentance are:
a. God Himself– Repentance means a changed view of God.
b. The Relationship between God and man– When we repent we have a new mind regarding our relationship to God, to life, the purpose of life and how it should be lived. There is also a change in how we view death and eternity.
c. Repentance changes people’s whole outlook upon everything of value in this life and in the world.


Next Lesson: What Repentance leads to in experience…


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