Public Repentance<br />Acts 8:14-25<br />
Introduction<br />Easily one of the most difficult things in life is to admit error.<br />Therefore, repentance is a very ...
Perception Versus Reality<br />What we think and what God thinks may differ completely.<br />For example, a child thinks t...
Perception Versus Reality<br />God doesn’t base His judgments on our perceptions.<br />Revelation 20:11-15<br />Do we see ...
Importance of Repentance<br />J.W. McGarvey said that if he were given miraculous gifts today he would ask for the gift of...
Importance of Repentance<br />Repentance is more than being sorry for sin.<br />Matthew 27:3, “Then, Judas, His betrayer, ...
Importance of Repentance<br />“Repentance is something that stands between sorrow for sin and the change of life in which ...
Repentance Is…<br />Repentance is godly sorrow. We must see our sins as God sees them. <br />2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godl...
Importance of Public Repentance<br />Churches throughout the world have people that need to repent of their sins but they ...
Public and Private Sin<br />Secret sin (Psalm 90:8).<br />National sin (Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, bu...
Why Do People Not Repent?<br />Denial of Sin<br />Defiance<br />Comparison Game<br />Public Opinion<br />2 Corinthians 10:...
Public Sin Requires Public Repentance<br />Acts 8:14-25<br />Congregation knew Simon’s sin.<br />Peter rebuked him publicl...
Public Sin,  Public Repentance<br />Simon’s repentance had to be public so the congregation would know he had repented. Hi...
Simon’s Soul Was the Priority<br />This is the only relationship that matters (8:22).<br />When we focus on God our focus ...
Repentance Requires Fruit<br />Matthew 3:8, “bear fruits worthy of repentance.”<br />It is not real unless the fruit is re...
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We are all sinners and need a Savior. To leave our sinful life, we must repent and submit to Christ, to have our sins remitted.

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Public Repentance

  1. 1. Public Repentance<br />Acts 8:14-25<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Easily one of the most difficult things in life is to admit error.<br />Therefore, repentance is a very challenging command.<br />Luke 13:3-5<br />Acts 8:22, “Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.”<br />
  3. 3. Perception Versus Reality<br />What we think and what God thinks may differ completely.<br />For example, a child thinks their room is cleaned when Mom has a completely different interpretation. <br />
  4. 4. Perception Versus Reality<br />God doesn’t base His judgments on our perceptions.<br />Revelation 20:11-15<br />Do we see how this impacts repentance?<br />
  5. 5. Importance of Repentance<br />J.W. McGarvey said that if he were given miraculous gifts today he would ask for the gift of provoking repentance from his listeners.<br />Acts 17:30, “Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.”<br />Matthew 4:17, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”<br />
  6. 6. Importance of Repentance<br />Repentance is more than being sorry for sin.<br />Matthew 27:3, “Then, Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders.”<br />Acts 1:25, “Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.”<br />
  7. 7. Importance of Repentance<br />“Repentance is something that stands between sorrow for sin and the change of life in which sins are abandoned and a better course of conduct begins. When a man is so thoroughly filled with sorrow and mourning and self-reproach on account of his sins that his will is subdued to the will of God, and he says, I will sin no more, I will hereafter submit to the will of God, this results in a change of life, and it is repentance, a change of will in regard to sin.”<br />
  8. 8. Repentance Is…<br />Repentance is godly sorrow. We must see our sins as God sees them. <br />2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”<br />
  9. 9. Importance of Public Repentance<br />Churches throughout the world have people that need to repent of their sins but they do not do so.<br />Problems have resulted from this refusal and division and doubt have resulted.<br />We are to be lights to the world.<br />
  10. 10. Public and Private Sin<br />Secret sin (Psalm 90:8).<br />National sin (Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people”).<br />Open sins (1 Timothy 5:24, “Some men’s sins are clearly evident”).<br />If the sin is public or private, what should the repentance be?<br />
  11. 11. Why Do People Not Repent?<br />Denial of Sin<br />Defiance<br />Comparison Game<br />Public Opinion<br />2 Corinthians 10:12-18<br />
  12. 12. Public Sin Requires Public Repentance<br />Acts 8:14-25<br />Congregation knew Simon’s sin.<br />Peter rebuked him publicly.<br />
  13. 13. Public Sin, Public Repentance<br />Simon’s repentance had to be public so the congregation would know he had repented. His example was crucial before the people.<br />
  14. 14. Simon’s Soul Was the Priority<br />This is the only relationship that matters (8:22).<br />When we focus on God our focus is vertical. When we focus on others, it is horizontal. In the latter situation, we are no longer focused on God.<br />
  15. 15. Repentance Requires Fruit<br />Matthew 3:8, “bear fruits worthy of repentance.”<br />It is not real unless the fruit is real.<br />Repentance is a true change of life before God AND man.<br />

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