Repentance is one of those terms that most modern churches have moved away from.
It sounds harsh, condemning, and intrusive.
But repentance was the message of Jesus, John the Baptist, and the disciples. It is not something you tack onto a gospel track or do once and presume you’re done repenting. As Christians, we should be living a life of repentance … and proclaiming the need to repent to the world!
In this episode, Nathan Johnson gives a brief overview of repentance and then plays a sermon by Vance Havner entitled “A Call to Repentance.”
This message was given by Havner at Founders Week at Moody Bible Institute years ago and exhorts believers to come before the cross of Christ with a heart of repentance.
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Show Notes / Additional Resources
- One definition of “repentance” (perhaps my favorite) is “giving up a former thought to embrace a new thought.” Or to say it another way: it is the 180-degree turn … turning your back to sin so that you can live in the victory, triumph, and freedom that Jesus and the Cross purchased. It is forsaking the former thought, action, attitude, or life and embracing the new life found in Christ Jesus.
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NRJohnson (Nathan Johnson) is a Christian who has an overwhelming passion for Jesus, the Gospel, and Studying God’s Word. He is a writer, teacher, and communicator who helps other believers understand and apply the Bible as they grow and mature in their faith—desiring that they gain greater intimacy with Christ, experience the victorious Christian life, and transform the world through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Read more about him here.
The Deeper Christian Podcast is the podcast to help you study God’s Word, know Jesus intimately, and discover how you can build your life around Jesus Christ. This weekly audio program, hosted by NRJohnson, dives into Scripture and encourages Christians to keep their focus upon Jesus Christ—equipping believers in how to study the Bible and know God’s Word, grow in their spiritual lives, and change the world. Main discussion topics center around practical advice on Christian living, Bible study, prayer, the Gospel, freedom from sin, evangelism and how to share your faith, the Christian disciplines, and the lives and messages from the Christian heroes from yesteryear such as A.W. Tozer, Charles Spurgeon, Major Ian Thomas, Oswald Chambers, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, C.T. Studd, George Müller, Andrew Murray, Leonard Ravenhill, E.M. Bounds, and others. Learn more about the deeper Christian life.