Posts Tagged ‘ Repentance ’

VerseD: Colossians 3:13

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Colossians 3:13, ESV

We can accept the repentance of others, but sometimes we might be waiting when we should be the one to Repent.

Let us be quick to forgive, knowing God has forgiven us, even for things we may not be aware we are guilty of doing. Likewise, others may not be aware of the pain they cause.

VerseD: 1 Corinthians 16:13

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13, ESV

We can be childish in our reactions to problems and our own sinfulness. Instead, we should take responsibility for our own sin and trust God to handle our forgiveness and problems we face, eing ready to stand for and proclaim truth.

VerseD: 2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

2 Peter 3:9, ESV

We either complain that God is not doing enough to stop evil or is too mean to those who choose not to believe Him.

Yet we see God’s grace in waiting to end this world for the sake of those who will yet believe before He finally returns to punish all wickedness.

VerseD: 1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9, ESV

We must confess our sins to God. It is helpful to confess to each other, as well, which is one of the reasons we need the Church.

Confess and be clean.

VerseD: Acts 3:19

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out

Acts 3:19, ESV

We are guilty of sin and killing our God.

Turn from sin and to God. Let the Holy Spirit change your thinking. Let the Church help you grow.

VerseD: Matthew 3:8

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.

Matthew 3:8, ESV

We show our salvation by the change, the difference in how we act and think. We don’t do good works to earn salvation, rather they are a sign that we are saved from sin and God’s wrath.

VerseD: Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2, ESV

When saturated in the culture, it is easier to be like everyone else. Move with the Spirit to be made new in Christ in every moment.

Sermon on the Mount study notes – Matthew 5:1-5

I have started a small group series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). I am sharing my notes in case anyone else wants to use them with their group.

Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes: Part 1

Matthew 5:1-2:
Jesus wants to teach the crowds: Who are they? Jewish disciples: People who understand the
Scriptures (at least to a point). Notice from 7:28 the crowds still came along, but this teaching is for His disciples.

What does “blessed” mean? How do you understand it?
The word “blessed” appears 306 times in the ESV Bible (in 288 verses; 302x in 287 vv. in KJV)
Happy (definitely deeper than this), Revered, Content, Worshiped, Made holy, Fortunate, Well-off

Matthew 5:3-12: The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:3-5
• v. 3: The Poor in spirit = those who realize their own depravity and therefore need for God.
• Jeremiah 17:9; Isaiah 61:1-2; 66:2
• v. 4: Who mourn = Mourning the sin that separates us from God.
• Psalm 51:3-5; James 4:9
• v. 5: The Meek = Meekness is realizing we can do nothing apart from God.
• Mark 10:23-27

What does it look like to live out this blessing?
We see the beginning of repentance. We find contentment in this life knowing that though we are wretched, we find peace in Christ with the hope of eternal life in the age to come.
• Isaiah 61:1-2, 66:2; 2 Corinthians 7:10 – God’s Word reveals The Word, Jesus, who came to show us
He is the Truth. The truth is we are guilty of sin, and it should make us realize our poorness and feel
shame for our sin. Therefore …

• John 16:20-24; Romans 3:10-12 – Because of our sin, we do not seek God. He helps us, and in our
meekness, we see that we need His help to be saved from our sin. Only when we trust Him do we
find our mourning turn to joy.

• Revelation 21:4 – And one glorious day, He will remove all need of mourning when He renews all
things.

• Psalm 35:9-14 – We also lament the sin of others, even when they don’t deserve our love and pity.
(Grace. And a Segway into the next few verses!)

VerseD: Acts 3:19

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out”

Acts 3:19, ESV

We have had a way of thinking that is contrary to God. We must turn to God and learn how to live and think in a godly,Christ-like way and ask for God’s forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

VerseD: Philippians 2:5

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus
Philippians 2:5, ESV

This life is not about us. Life is about glorifying God and serving others with humble, sacrificial love.