Lesson 7 - REPENT. BELEIVE. MERCY. GRACE.
Ben shares that Jesus came that you may have life and life abundantly. If you Repent and follow Jesus then you will have a time of refreshing, which leads to LIFE Eternal; God’s Mercy washes you, His Grace empowers you to live holy, and He chooses to bless you.
REPENT. BELEIVE. MERCY. GRACE.
“…In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.’” (Matt. 3:1-3)
Why is it important to REPENT.BELIEVE.WASHED IN MERCY. EMPOWERED BY GRACE?
Hebrews 6:1 declares you must first “repent” and then “believe” then the Lords washes you in Mercy.
LIFE Eternal or Perish: Jesus came that you may have life and life abundantly (Jn. 10:10). If you repent and follow Jesus then you will have a time of refreshing, which leads to LIFE Eternal; God’s Mercy washes you, His Grace empowers you to live holy, and He chooses to bless you. If you do not repent and believe Jesus then you will perish (Lu. 13:1-9).
REPENT: to change one’s mind for the better; to turn around; sorry enough to never do it again. Your repentance is initial salvation, or (1) justification; then daily (forgive us our sins Matt. 6:12) so that you can walk out your (2) life of holiness (2 Thess. 2:13); unto (3) glorification (Rom. 8:17; 18-25; 30).
a. You repent: b/c God is God; He is Right; there are no others gods like Him.
b. You repent: b/c God so loved the world; you change your ways b/c of God’s love for you
c. You repent: b/c the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin then you must make a lifestyle change. Mind: conviction of your past sins; think of your sin from God’s perspective; He is Righteous and the Just Judge that passes judgment on your sin (Rev. 19:11; 20:12, 13).Mouth: identify and confess your sin; this allows you to take responsibility of your sin; confessing your sin allows for MERCY & GRACE to flow in your life (1 John 1:9). Motions (or Actions): correct your past sins; you must change your works and actions from unrighteous to righteous (Luke 3:8); put in motion God’s righteousness in your life.
BELIEVE/FAITH: you must believe (belief is a verb, while faith is a noun) God and be transformed by the renewing of your mind; you are not saved by repentance; instead, your saved when you believe in the kingdom of God and Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 28:31).
a. Believing in facts: your faith must be based on the TRUTH of who God is and what He thinks and feels about you. You should not believe/faith in any other secular or humanistic idolatry.
b. Believing is personal: your faith must be alive inside of you. Belief starts when you agree with God in your mind and His word comes alive—empowering your will; when you hear information and knowledge about God—and you agree with truth—then you have an active testimony, which brings life.
c. Believing is verbal: You must confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and Savior; you declare this first to Him and then to others (Rom. 10:9-10).
d. Believing is practical: When you believe in God then you will obey; believing is accepting and acting on those truths. Believing God affects your life of obedience; when you believe God in a living personal way than you can leave duty based-obedience and turn towards affection-based obedience (John 6:28-29; Acts 6:7).
e. Believing is continual: You must continue on in believing God no matter how long it takes for the promises to be fulfilled (John 3:16; 20:31).
WASHED IN MERCY: God doesn’t give you what you deserve; He is Merciful/Compassionate, desiring to wash you in Mercy. Jesus shows you mercy by paying the debt of your sin; He takes the debt of your sin, pardons you, and says go and sin no more (John 8:1-12).
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