Posted By Brother Vince on January 21, 2011
As we see the New Testament, its teaching focuses on the message “REPENTANCE” for it is the most powerful things happen to one sinner that he/she can back to Jesus. As the Bible says; “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3; 5).
Repentance is one thing when you give less importance before a sinner turn to Jesus may be resulting to an unhealthy spiritual condition as we grow mature in the word of God. It could be difficult for a believer to follow Jesus, because you could not totally able to forget the things you always does when you were yet a sinner.
The common practice of the most ministers doing the work of witnessing is to take for granted the importance of repentance. Once a sinner accepts Jesus in baptism as a public confession, we immediately decide to immerse the sinner into water without emphasizing what repentance is all about. There is a great impact if repentance can be emphasized before a sinner come to water baptism. Telling sinners in detail about repentance can help them realize of things needed to leave behind and follow a new walk in life with Jesus.
What is “REPENTANCE”? Repentance does not only mean forsaking your sin. Repentance simply means to change your mind. In Greek the word “metanoia” which means “changing one’s mind” is what repentance means to be according to Apostle Paul “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Repentance is not simply forsaking sin, it involves changing the way we think about something we normally conformed to this world. That’s all repentance is mean to be.
Our business is to change people’s mind. Because “life change” happens only after you change someone’s thinking. We need to change our mind about something in our life, our faith, our belief about life and God, about sin, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
Today the most effective preaching a preacher can preach is all about life changing – the “repentance”. You can be unpopular by preaching repentance. They may reject your message. But if you can change their mind, they become your strength to continue preaching repentance.
The only way people change their mind is preaching them about repentance. In the New Testament John the Baptist preach about repentance; “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2), Jesus preach the same; “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Jesus tell His disciples to preach the same thing; and so “they went out, and preached that men should repent” (Mark 6:12). Peter preach at Pentecost “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). What did John the beloved preach in the seven churches in the book of Revelation? Repent! (Revelation 2:5, 2:16, 2:21-22, 3:3, 3:19).
If you preach the same message of repentance, I believe that God is at work. When we tell this message, “we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths” (1 Corinthians 2:13 NLT).
2 Samuel 23:2 (NIV) says, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me. His word was on my tongue.”
Zechariah 4:6 (NIV) says, “‘Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
So keep in mind: Don’t change people’s minds with your own human wisdom. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63).
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