Monday, Apr 25, 2016
Biblical Repentance
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
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Repentance has become a massive problem in the broader Evangelical Church, simply because of the lack of Biblical understanding of repentance.  In this morning's session, we examined the two elements of Biblical repentance.

  1. Confession (Psalm 51:1-13)
  2. Forsaking (2 Corinthians 7:9-11)

True repentance fights to forsake sin with a 180 degree turning from it.  That includes convictions formed to cause a fleeing from the sin and a fighting for the righteousness conduct that would be pleasing to God. The three elements of forsaking were examined:

  1. Change of mind in the thought life - We acknowledge personal guilt, defilement of ourselves, and we admit that we are in a helpless condition apart from Christ.
  2. We experience grief or we actively grieve over our sin.  This is the sorrow without regret component. We went against God's holiness and we learn to hate our sin.  As we learn more about God's righteousness as revealed in Scripture, we learn to grieve our sin more deeply.
  3. The third element of forsaking is the conviction to battle.  God's Word renews our mind and we accept what He says.  Then armed with new convictions, we believe and we live according to the new convictions.  Romans 4 describes how Abraham "grew in faith".  

As a result of Biblical repentance, we observe godly sorrow and real fruit that vindicates us (2 Corinthians 7:9-11).