Listen to the Call
I read the story of a boy who came to church for the first time on Christmas. When he was asked how he liked it, he said, "It was fine, but I want some of that unphant." "Umphant, what's that?" his mother asked. You know, it's what all those people were singing about-"O come all ye faithful, joyful and try umphant. I'd like to try some of that "umphant".
That's what we all need, some of that umphant-the power of the Holy Spirit to triumph over sin and to share in the joy the new humanity to which Jesus Christ has joined us in our baptism, joining us to that new humanity that came to earth at Bethlehem.
Today there are very few sermons on repentance. There are many sermons on salvation, but not many on repentance. I can't remember when I have heard a sermon on repentance. I don't believe I have ever preached a sermon on repentance. I may have, but it's been a long time ago. This is to my shame.
I. THE TRUTH OF REPENTANCE
"Unless you repent you will all likewise perish." This word repent has all but been dropped from the language we speak in the local church.
You rarely hear that word anymore. And yet Jesus in Matthew 4:17 centered his preaching with the word repentance for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. So it was his first and last message that He preached.
Let's read Revelation 3:19- The compassionate Lord says, "As many as I love I rebuke and chasten," Therefore be zealous and repent.
A. THE IMPERATIVE OF OUR LORD MESSAGE IS SALVATION
When you understand the meaning of the word repentance it is clear there is no salvation apart from repentance.
By noting the ancient Greek grammar, we see that Jesus here mentions two kinds of repentance, and both are essential. Luke 13:5 (unless you repent) describes "once and for all" repentance. The verb tense in Luke 13:3 (unless you repent) describes a continuing repentance.
There is no forgiveness of sin without repentance. And there is no salvat ...
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