Solid Foundations #2: Repentance From Dead Works

Wednesday, 16. September 2020

Repentance - What’s in a word? Everything!
Matthew 4:17 NIV

From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent (Keep on changing-your-mind), for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”


Hebrews 6:1-2 NIV

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, (2) instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.


Hebrews 5:12 NIV

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

1.What it is and what it’s not

2.What does repentance (change-your-mind) mean in the Old Testament Hebrew and the New Testament Greek?
John 14:6 NIV

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

3. An example of true repentance (change-of-mind). The Prodigal Son

4.An example of 'false repentance’ or regret - Judas Iscariot
2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.


Matthew 27:1-5 NIV

Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. (2) So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor. (3) When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. (4) “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” (5) So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.

5. Where does this mind-change come from? From the power of God (and not striving)
Ezekiel 36:26-27 NIV

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (27) And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.


Titus 2:11-12 NIV

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. (12) It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,


Romans 2:4 NIV

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?


2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.


Acts 2:37-39 NIV

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (38) Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (39) The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”


Romans 8:1-2 NIV

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (2) because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.