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SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
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REPENTANCE
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Repentance in Greek, "metanoia", means a change of mind.  According to Easton's Bible Dictionary,
repentance is defined as a change of one's mind and purpose, as the result of after knowledge.  
Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one's own guilt and sinfulness; (2)  an
apprehension of God's mercy in Christ;  (3)  an actual hatred of sin (
Psalms 119:128); Job 42:5-6)
2 Corinthians 7:10)
 (4)  a persistent endeavour after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of His
commandments.  The Bible Dictionary continues to say, " the true penitent is conscious of guilt and of
his own helplessness. Repentance is bound up with faith and inseparable from it, since without some
measure of faith no one can truly repent, and repentance never attains to its deepest character until
the sinner realizes through saving faith how great is the grace of God against whom he has sinned.  
And on the other hand, there can be no saving faith without  true repentance."

One of the best examples in the Bible is the parable of the prodigal son, or the lost son.  Jesus is
telling a story that perfectly illustrates what it means for an individual to repent.
 Luke 15:11-12  And He
said, There was a certain man who had two sons; 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father,
give me the part of the property that falls [to me]. And he divided the estate between them.

The younger son wanted his inheritance before his father died, whidh is quite unusual, but his father
granted the request and gave his sons their inheritance.  
Verse 13 says, "And not many days after that,
the younger son gathered up all that he had and journeyed into a distant country, and there he wasted
his fortune in reckless and loose [from restraint] living.  The younger son took all of his wealth, his part
of the inheritance, went into a distant country, and wasted it in riotous living.  One translation says,
"partying and spending the money on prostitutes."

Verses 15:14-15 read: " And when he had spent all he had, a mighty famine came upon that country, and
he began to fall behind and be in want. 15 So he went and forced (glued) himself upon one of the
citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed hogs.

Verse 16 says, " And he would gladly have fed on and filled his belly with the carob pods that the hogs
were eating, but [they could not satisfy his hunger and] nobody gave him anything [better].

Verse 17 continues: " Then when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father
have enough food, and [even food] to spare, but I am perishing (dying) here of hunger!"  One
translation says, "when he came to his senses".  

He made a decision: He repented.  Repentance is a change of mind, a change of heart that causes a
person to turn around and move in a new direction.  
In verses 8-19, he said, " I will get up and go to my
father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. 19 I am no longer
worthy to be called your son; [just] make me like one of your hired servants."
We have all turned away
from God, our Father, and from heaven, our home.  The Bible declares in Isaiah 53:6 that "we all like
sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way,".  But God in His mercy took our
sins and them on Jesus.

The story continues in
verses:20-24.  " So he got up and came to his [own] father. But while he was still
a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness [for him]; and he ran and
embraced him and kissed him [fervently]. 21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against
heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son [I no longer deserve to be
recognized as a son of yours]!

22 But the father said to his bond servants, Bring quickly the best robe (the festive robe of honor) and
put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet. 23 And bring out that  
[wheat-]fattened calf and kill it; and let us revel and feast and be happy and make merry,

24 Because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to revel
and feast and make merry.

This is so for any true repentant sinner today.  If anyone will just turn to the heavenly Father for mercy
and say "Father, I have sinned against you, and I am not worthy to be your son", God will accept you
too.  God your heavenly Father will have compassion on you and he will not make you a slave, but He
will restore you to full sonship with Himself.  God is waiting.  Have you turned away?  Why don't you
turn to God today and find your peace and restoration in these simple terms, "Father, I have sinned,
and I am truly sorry and ask for your forgiveness."
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Questions To Ask In Your
Growing Relationship As A Disciple Of Jesus Christ
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Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions
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1.  Define Repentance. __________________________________________________________________
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2.  Read Luke 13:1-5.  What must one do in order to not perish? _________________________________

3.  Read 2 Peter 3:9.   What is God's desire for all people? ______________________________________

4.  Read Luke 16:19-31.  In Luke 16:28, why did the rich man want someone to come back from the dead
and speak to his brothers? ______________________________________________________________

5.  Read Luke 16:30.  What must these brothers do in order to avoid this place of torment (hell)
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6.  Read Acts 26:18.  Although it doesn't specifically say, this verse is talking about repentance.  What
will happen to those who repent? _________________________________________________________

7.  Read Acts 26:20.  In the last part of this verse, three things are stated that the Gentiles should do.  
What are these three things? ____________________________________________________________

8.  Read Matthew 7:21-23.  What did Jesus say these people practiced instead of the will of
God?_______

9.  What does this show you about the importance of true repentance versus lip service towards God?
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10.  Read Isaiah 55:7.  What must the wicked do? ____________________________________________

11.  What two things must the unrighteous do? ______________________________________________

12.  What will God do for the person who does those things stated above?
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13.  Read Luke 15:7.  What is heaven's reaction to one sinner who repents? _______________________

14.  Read Acts 3:19.  If you repent and are converted, what will happen to your sins? ________________
Luke 13:1-5
JUST AT that time there [arrived] some people who informed Jesus about the Galileans whose
blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 And He replied by saying to them, Do you think that
these Galileans were greater sinners than all the other Galileans because they have suffered in this
way? 3 I tell you, No; but unless you repent ( change your mind for the better and heartily amend your
ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), you will all likewise perish and be lost eternally. 4 Or those
eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them — do you think that they were more guilty
offenders (debtors) than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, No; but unless you
repent ( change your mind for the better and heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your
past sins), you will all likewise perish and be lost eternally.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some
people's conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not
desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

Luke 16:19-31
There was a certain rich man who [habitually] clothed himself in purple and fine linen and reveled
and feasted and made merry in splendor every day. 20 And at his gate there was [carelessly]
dropped down and left a certain utterly destitute man named Lazarus, [reduced to begging alms
and] covered with [ulcerated] sores. 21 He [eagerly] desired to be satisfied with what fell from the
rich man's table; moreover, the dogs even came and licked his sores. 22 And it occurred that the
man [reduced to] begging died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man
also died and was buried. 23 And in Hades (the realm of the dead), being in torment, he lifted up his
eyes and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried out and said, Father Abraham, have pity and mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip
the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Child, remember that you in your lifetime fully received [what is due you in]
comforts and delights, and Lazarus in like manner the discomforts and distresses; but now he is
comforted here and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm
has been fixed, in order that those who want to pass from this [place] to you may not be able, and
no one may pass from there to us. 27 And [the man] said, Then, father, I beseech you to send him
to my father's house —  28 For I have five brothers — so that he may give [solemn] testimony and
warn them, lest they too come into this place of torment. 29 But Abraham said, They have Moses
and the Prophets; let them hear and listen to them. 30 But he answered, No, father Abraham, but if
someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent ( change their minds for the better and
heartily amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins). 31 He said to him, If they do not hear
and listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded and convinced and believe
[even] if someone should rise from the dead.

Luke 16:30
But he answered, No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they
will repent (change their minds for the better and heartily amend their ways, with
abhorrence of their past sins).

Acts 26:18
To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to
God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and
portion among those who

Acts 26:20
But made known openly first of all to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout the
whole land of Judea, and also among the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do
works and live lives consistent with and worthy of their repentance.

Matthew 7:21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will
of My Father Who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your
name? 23 And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from Me, you who
act wickedly [disregarding My commands].

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to
the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for him, and to our God, for He will multiply to
him His abundant pardon.

Luke 15:7
Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one [especially] wicked person who repents
(changes his mind, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, and determines to enter upon a better
course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.

Acts 3:19
So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be
erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat,
of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;
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Answers to Questions
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A change of heart that results in one turning to God, from one's old ways to God's ways.  (D) A change
of direction.  (E) To make a decision that changes the total direction of one's life.  (F) Turning from old
ways and totally committing to God and His ways.  (G)  Turning completely to Person, Who is Jesus
Christ.  

2.
 Read Luke 13:1-5.  What must one do in order to not perish?  Repent

3.
 Read 2 Peter 3:9.   What is God's desire for all people?  That all would come to repentance.

4.
 Read Luke 16:19-31.  In Luke 16:28, why did the rich man want someone to come back from the
dead and speak to his brothers?  So that they could avoid coming to this place of torment.

5.
 Read Luke 16:30.  What must these brothers do in order to avoid this place of torment (hell)
They must repent

6.  
Read Acts 26:18.  Although it doesn't specifically say, this verse is talking about repentance.  What
will happen to those who repent?  (A) Their eyes will be opened  (B) Turn from darkness to the light
(C) Turn from the power of Satan to God  (D) Receive forgiveness of sins  (E) Receive an eternal
inheritance

7.  
Read Acts 26:20.  In the last part of this verse, three things are stated that the Gentiles should do.  
What are these three things? (A) Repent  (B) Turn to God  (C)  Prove their repentance by their deeds
and producing fruit in keeping with their repentance (Matthew 3:8)

8.  
Read Matthew 7:21-23.  What did Jesus say these people practiced instead of the will of God?
Iniquity or lawlessness.

9.  What does this show you about the importance of true repentance versus lip service towards
God? Salvation is from the heart, and not from mere lip service.

10.  
Read Isaiah 55:7.  What must the wicked do? Forsake their way.

11.  What two things must the unrighteous do?  Forsake their thoughts and return to the Lord

12.  What will God do for the person who does those things stated above? Have mercy and pardon
abundantly

13.  
Read Luke 15:7.  What is heaven's reaction to one sinner who repents?  There is a rejoicing  in
heaven.

14.  
Read Acts 3:19.  If you repent and are converted, what will happen to your sins?  My sins will be
blotted out!
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