TEXT: Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21
SUBJ :REPENTANCE AND FAITH
INTRODUCTION: We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt danger, helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior. Someone has said that in the Salvation experience that Repentance and Faith occur at the same time. When one fully trusts Christ, he turns from his sins to do so. Like the front and back side of one's hand, when the hand turns, both sides move in the same movement. For the sake of understanding more clearly, we will consider each of these actions separately in this lesson.
I. REPENTANCE - Luke 13:3, 5.
A. What is involved in true Repentance?
B. There is an acknowledgment of sin - Psalm 51:3, 4.
C. There is an abhorrence (hatred) of sin - Psalm 97:10; Romans 12:9.
D. There is a Godly sorrow for sin - 2 Corinthians 7:8-10.
E. There is a forsaking of sin - Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 55:7.
F. There is a restitution for sin - Matthew 3:8; Luke 19:8.
G. Genuine Repentance should result in restitution whenever possible.
A. Faith is absolutely necessary - Hebrews 4:2; 11:6; John 3:18; Ephesians 2:8, 9.
B. Faith is based on God's Word - Romans 10:17.
C. Faith is not based on understanding. EX: A drowning man doesn't wait until he understands the law of buoyancy to grab the life preserver!
D. Faith involves the heart - Romans 10:9, 10.
1. Giving mere mental assent to the truth is not
faith - James 2:19, 20.
2. Genuine faith is a trusting kind of belief - 2 Timothy 1:12.
E. Faith engages Divine power to save - Acts 16:30, 31.
NOTE: The power is not in the light switch, but the switch engages the power! Faith is the switch that releases the power of God!
F. Faith receives Christ for Salvation - John 1:12.
G. Faith makes one unashamed to confess Christ openly - Romans 10:11.
CONCLUSION: Repentance and Faith are twin sisters. They are not identical, but you can't have one without the other. A person will experience Repentance when he has true Faith in God. Faith begets Repentance. And Repentance is naturally close by when one has Faith in God. They are inseparable!