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What Repentance Really Means

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Daniel Whyte III

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #20 | with Daniel Whyte III

Down through the ages, every person since Adam has had to repent in order to have a right relationship with God. The importance of repentance is made clear by the fact that so many men of every biblical age have preached about it.

The Bible says in Matthew 3:1-2: "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Paul said in Acts 20:21 that he testified, "both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."

And Jesus Christ even said in Luke 13:3: "...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."

So, repentance is a very important subject in Scripture. But many people are not sure about what repentance really is. Modern dictionaries define repentance as "feeling sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct; to regret or be conscience-stricken about a past action or attitude." But this is not the Biblical definition of repentance at all.

Today, we will examine false ideas about repentance, the biblical definition of repentance, and then what repentance has to do with faith and salvation.

+ Plus, listen to Hillsong singing "At the Cross" and Deitrick Haddon singing "A Sinner's Prayer"