I just finished preparing a message for SDBC Youth on friday night and I am really excited about what I have learnt and what God has got for me to share.
It is a message about Repentance. Some key verses have been…
2 Corinthians 7:8-10
For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it (though I did regret it), for I see that the letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting; for you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death.
When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
“I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent”
Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember, therefore from where you have fallen, repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place unless you repent.
Rev 2:14a, 16
“But I have a few things against you. Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth..”
Do you suppose, O man–you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself–that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
Repentance leads to salvation. Repentance leads to life. Repentance is ongoing, encouraged by our Lord and saviour and the key to bearing fruit as Christians. Learn it. Do it. Passionately.