A Change of Direction
There's an App for That, Part 10
August 15, 2010
Have you ever been going in the wrong direction? Of course you have. Sometimes we travel a great distance before we realize we need to make a u turn. When traveling down a road of sinful activity and habits, we move toward enjoying harmony with God when we repent. Repentance helps us step in God’s direction so He can prepare us and repair us.
Acts 17:30; 2 Corinthians 7:8-10; Revelation 2:5,16, 3:3,19
For further thought and discussion:
- The Bible is filled with references to repentance. For starters, read Acts 17:30. From this verse, how would you summarize God’s perspective on repentance? What is repentance?
- From a theological perspective, a study of repentance is both intriguing and controversial. Is repentance a requirement to get the gift of eternal life or is faith alone enough? John’s gospel is the only gospel written to tell us how to get eternal life (John 20:30-31) yet he never mentions repentance. Why? (compare Acts 16:30-31).
- Repentance is often a vehicle to help Christians experience restored fellowship with God. Read 2 Corinthians 7:8-10. Since Paul is writing to believers, what is the salvation he is referring to in verse 10? Why would God say, “repent” to some of the seven churches (Revelation 2:5, 16; 3:3, 19)?
- Passages on repentance are surrounded by one common denominator: sin. What is the relationship between repentance and sin? When is the last time you repented? What was the sin?
- Martin Luther wrote, “Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ … willed that the whole life of believers should be repentance.” What are the benefits and challenges of repentance as a way of life for you?
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