Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Repentance and Faith

 

Acts 20:21 (ESV)

21testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1.    From Sunday’s sermon, try to fill in the blank and discuss the significance of the following facets of repentance:

 

Repentance is a change of mind regarding:

o   My ____________________________________

Matthew 3:2 (ESV)

2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

o   My ____________________________________

Luke 5:32 (ESV)

32I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

o   My ____________________________________

2 Corinthians 7:9–10 (ESV)

9As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting…10For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

o   My ____________________________________

Revelation 16:9–11 (ESV)

9They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory…11and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

o   My ____________________________________

Acts 2:38 (ESV)

38And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

o   My ____________________________________

Acts 26:20 (ESV)

20but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

o   My ____________________________________

Luke 16:30 (ESV)

30And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’

 

2.    Why do you think Paul taught that people need to repent “toward God”? 

3.    Faith is the other side of the coin in biblical conversion. 

·      How would you define “faith” biblically?

·      What does saving faith entail according to Sunday’s message?

4.    What are the similarities and differences between repentance/faith in the life of an unbeliever and in the life of a believer?

5.    If repentance and faith are ultimately God-given gifts, what is a good prayer to pray regarding your need for them?