Sermons on Repentance


Repentance means 'to change' or 'to turn.' Once a person hears the gospel and is convicted that his way of life is wrong, he must change his present behavior. Repentance is not just feeling sorry, remorseful, or conscience-stricken, but being so troubled in one's heart that one begins to live according to God's standards—according to God's law. Feeling sorry without changing one's life is not repentance! The fruits of repentance are visible actions—'works'—that demonstrate a person has actually changed.

Are You Fighting the Good Fight?
Summary: Martin Collins exposes the pernicious doctrine extant in mainstream Christianity, as well as our previous fellowship: "Let go, and let God do it all for us," which releases us from any obligation to overcome and build character. In this dec... 

Checklist for Overcoming
Summary: John Ritenbaugh examines the problem of empty externalism (accompanied by no inward change) extant in the greater church of God- a problem which led to its scattering. All of us, individually and collectively were responsible for its demise. God has ... 

Conviction to Godly Righteousness
Summary: In this moving sermon on conviction, John Ritenbaugh emphasizes that the essential core of the human heart is evil, self-centered, responding to Satan's wave length, placing us into slavery and psychological bondage. Our freedom lies in (1) the convi... 

Genesis 3:20-24: Consequences for God and Man
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that the greater church of God is different from nominal Christianity in that it embraces the 'Jewish' holy days and ignores Christmas, Halloween, and Easter, rejects the concepts of the Trinity, ever-burning hell, the ... 

He Who Overcomes
Summary: John Reid contends that intense struggle is, by design of Almighty God, an integral and necessary part of the overcoming process. Just as fighting to escape its cocoon strengthens the butterfly, our calling requires effort above what the world has to... 

Healing the Breach
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh, using the military metaphor of the Forlorn Hope (Dutch verloren hoop ' "Lost Band") suggests that Jesus Christ, through His bloody death has breached the enemy walls, rending the veil and opening up access to God the Fat... 

How Did They Overcome?
Summary: David Grabbe points out that the letters to the seven churches in Revelation all specify rewards for those who overcome. Revelation 12:11 gives a road map for how Satan (including his world and our corrupted human nature) can be overcome. The first s... 

Principled Living (Part 2): Conquering Sin
Summary: Reflecting on surgical procedures to eradicate cancer, Richard Ritenbaugh observes that every last cancer cell has to be totally destroyed in order to save the patient. Likewise, sin must be excised with the same sustained, relentless aggression. Lik... 

Principled Living (Part 3): Growing in Righteousness
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh, reminiscing about a school science fair project on tree growth rings, draws an analogy to spiritual growth, pondering what our spiritual growth rings look like. Because nature abhors a vacuum, once people rid themselves of sin, th... 

Re-education (Part 1)
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh, after marveling that money spent upon education seems to be inversely proportional to its effectiveness and quality, concludes that re-education is a most difficult (nearly impossible) process. Nevertheless, God Almighty, through ... 

Re-education (Part 2)
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh reminds us that the command to abstain from leavened bread is accompanied by an equal command to eat unleavened bread. The symbols of the Days of Unleavened Bread equate to ridding ourselves of sin while embracing sincerity and tru... 

Real Conversion
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh contends that conversion, like salvation is a process that begins at a particular event in time (after our repentance, baptism, and receiving of God's Holy Spirit) but requires a maturing period in which we, using God's Holy Spirit... 

Repentance
Summary: David Grabbe, reminding us that a major focus of John the Baptist's ministry was a call to repentance and turning to righteousness, a focus that Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul reinforced and magnified. Curiously, in main-stream Protestantism, repe... 

Repentance and Righteousness (Part 1)
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that the seven days of Unleavened Bread depicts the protracted time it takes us to get rid of the influences of the world or the clutches of sin. We spend our entire lives fleeing from Egypt- a hard trudge every step of the... 

Repentance and Righteousness (Part 2)
Summary: Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that mechanically keeping the law is only the beginning of righteousness. The broad underlying principles of God's Law are far more stringent than the narrowly stated rules. Principles are broad comprehensive truths coverin... 

Spirituality and True Conversion
Summary: In this sermon contrasting Godless spirituality with genuine conversion, Martin Collins warns against a warm fuzzy emotional spirituality without a Deity, a worldly spirituality based upon a worldly syncretism of Eastern and Western philosphical thou... 

The Wonderful Ordinance of Water Baptism
Summary: Martin Collins, reflecting on an episode in which he was allegedly baptized' during Vacation Bible School, examines the correct process for baptism, leading to conversion, begettal of the Holy Spirit, overcoming, and sanctification. Noah's rescue fro... 


For more on repentance, baptism, and conversion, see the articles on Repentance.



 
 
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