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What is Repentance About? Part 1 (Understanding God's Great Salvation #31)

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The Bible says in Galatians 3:26-27: "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ."

Today's God's Great Salvation quote is from Alan Redpath. He said: "The conversion of a soul is the miracle of a moment, but the manufacture of a saint is the task of a lifetime."  

Our topic today is titled What is Repentance About? (Part 1) from the book, "So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ" by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

Most of you are probably too young to remember the "mourners' bench." I did not grow up in a church that had one, but I knew friends who did. The mourners' bench was simply a place to kneel at the front of the church where the sinner could weep over and confess his sins. Then, with a resolve to turn from those sins, he would receive Christ as his Savior. Mourning, turning, and believing met at the mourners' bench. 

No criticism of this practice is implied. Indeed, it would be a healthy thing to see more sorrow for sin today. But what is the place of sorrow for sin or a resolve to turn from sin in relation to salvation? Since many consider sorrow for sin and repentance to be equivalent, then the questions could be worded, What is the place of repentance in relation to salvation? Must repentance precede faith? Is it a part of faith or a synonym for it? Can one be saved without repenting? What does it mean to repent? 

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