The Power of Repentance

July 30, 2023
The Power of Repentance

Scripture Reading: Acts 2: 40 (NIV)

With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

Message:  The Power of Repentance (#7 Power of the Holy Spirit sermon series)

Save yourselves from this corrupt generation

“Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.”

These are the last words of Paul’s famous sermon

The sermon that brought about masses of people turning to God and accepting Jesus as their Saviour

The sermon that started the movement in peoples hearts that lead to the rise of the church

God created the church though people committing to step away from a “corrupt generation”

People realizing that they are on the wrong path in life and deciding to turn away from that path

That is powerful!

We often miss this element of the rise of the church

Touching their lives, the Holy Spirit stirred up repentance among the early believers…

We could argue that repentance was the start of many of the wonderful things that they experienced

The church stepped away from the popular direction of society

Repentance, not popular today

Now, repentance is not popular in this day and age we live in

In our reformed faith we moved away from the Roman Catholic sacrament of penance - remember the abuse of taking advantage of people’s repentance in the history leading up to reformation?

But for a different reason repentance is not popular today

We live in an era of freedom… freedom of speech… freedom of belief… freedom of choice

I guess people these days don’t like to be told to repent

Just think about it for a moment…

If you are really honest, and think you would feel if I were to walk up to you and say that what you are doing is wrong and you need to repent…

Chances are that you would not be very happy with me 

But what is our reaction to the Word of God and teachings of Jesus?

Let me ask you this:  When last did you make an adjustment to the way you life in response to the Word of God?

Or do you think you have it all figured out?

Pride preventing Repentance

You see, I think the corruptness of our generation lies in pride

And I am not referring to rainbow-flag-pride

Our freedom of opinion and speech, and our right to choose what we want to believe, created a very unhealthy sense of pride in us

A sense of pride that is preventing us to grow

Pride that is standing in the way of us realizing that we need to make changes in our lives

Pride that is preventing us from understanding that work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is not over, but ongoing

Pride that is preventing us to repent from our sinful ways

Yes, sin is still prevalent among us - there  is plenty for us to repent from

The problem is that we are just to proud to do so

The need for Repentance

I believe that we desperately need to repent from our pride!

Pride is preventing us from growing

It is simply impossible to grow if you think that you have heard it all and that you have it all figured out

Growth starts with repentance - the first congregation is a stellar example of the power of repentance 

They realized that they were on a wrong path and allowed the Holy Spirit to direct their live through the teachings they received

They were constantly self-examining, reflecting and repenting in order to grow

Is this the reason that church is struggling to grow these days?

Have we come to a stage that we don’t allow ourselves to be taught anymore?

Let alone repent from our corrupt ways?

The Truth shall set you free 

One day Jesus was teaching a group of Jews that was really fascinated with his teachings

He told that if they really take his teachings to heart… “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8: 32)

It is often said these days that we all have our own truth… this is your truth and that is my truth

We live in a era where truth is relative

Truth became a concept of my freedom of choice to believe whatever I fancy

That is exactly why repentance is not popular today - we don’t subscribe to the Truth anymore… we all just have our own truths as we go along…

Truth is not a concept - Truth is a Person!

Jesus said:  “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus is the Truth - He is the Truth that will set you free!

You will know Him, you will know truth, when you take his teachings to heart!

The power of Repentance

I always remember the words of my favourite professor at university - he said:  “when you stop growing, you die”

Repentance is the key to growth

Repentance is the power that sparks spiritual growth

May you let go of your pride today!

May you stop thinking that you have it all figured out

May you take the teachings of Jesus to heart

And may you know the Truth, the real Truth - Jesus Christ, Son of God

That is the Power of Repentance!


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