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"The Vital Place of Repentance"

by Pastor K.B. Murray,

Millington Street Baptist Church, Winfield, KS

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Text: Luke 13:1-5; Mark 6:12; Act 3:19

Introduction:

In the grand scheme of eternal things, Almighty God designed a way in which mere mortals walking and living here upon this sin-cursed earth could be prepared for divine redemption and Heaven.

As the religious world becomes more and more accommodating to that which is politically correct as viewed by this world's standards, they become less than honest with Truth, even stooping to the place of passing it off as archaic, old-fashioned, or irrelevant, no longer necessary.

Open season has been declared upon the Word of God, upon those sacred doctrines, upon those that holds its truth's as precious in their lives and upon those poor souls who follow that old Hell-fire and Damnation preaching.

It is from just such a scenario that the Spirit of God seeks to speak and arrest minds from the swamp holes of this world's cesspools.

I am declaring unto you that I am much more interested in pleasing God than I am in being a man pleaser or in being politically correct or well thought of by the religious crowd.

I am seeking to be guided by that great principle stated in Gal.1:10.

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

I. WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT
SCRIPTURAL REPENTANCE MEANS.

When Almighty God calls for repentance, it is imperative that everybody knows what the term means and what is entailed upon them in the matter of repentance.

When you consider that Christ said, "Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish" Lk.13:3, it becomes personally imperative that you both know what the word means and that you carry out that which it requires.

And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord. (Acts 9:35)

Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. (Acts 8:22)

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (Acts 3:19)

And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. (Acts 15:3)

II. THE SCRIPTURES REVEAL THREE THINGS ATTEMPT TO BRING MEN TO REPENTANCE.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Heb 4:12)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Rom 2:4)

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pet 3:9)

III. REPENTANCE HAS EVIDENCES REVEALING ITS WORK IS ACCOMPLISHED.

Saul was climbing the ecclesiastical ladder, persecuting Christians until he met the Lord in Acts 9.

His life was no longer for Paul but was now for his brethren, even to wishing that he could be accursed if it would turn them to Christ. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: (Rom 9:3)

CONCLUSION: The Vital Place Of Repentance

1. Are you a benefactor of repentance?

2. Are you sure that you repented and have been changed by Christ, and,

3. That your life is revealing Christ to others?

4. Who are you living for? If self is your answer, I'd sure do some searching of my soul about the matter of whether I had repentance to my credit or not.

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