A Gospel Primer: Repent

Dear Redemption City Family,

Martin Luther opened the Reformation by nailing the “Ninety-Five Theses” to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The very first of the theses stated that “our Lord and Master Jesus Christ…willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”

On the surface this looks a little bleak. Luther seems to be saying Christians will never make much progress in life. That, of course, wasn’t Luther’s point at all. He was saying that repentance is the way we make progress in the Christian life. Pervasive, all-of-life-repentance is the best sign that we are growing deeply and rapidly into the character of Jesus.

Consider how the gospel affects and transforms the act of repentance. In “religion”, the purpose of repentance is basically to keep God happy so he will continue to bless you and answer your prayers. This means that religious repentance is selfish, self-righteous, and bitter all the way to the bottom. In the gospel, however, the purpose of repentance is to repeatedly tap into the joy of our union with Christ to weaken our impulse to do anything contrary to God’s heart.

Join us tomorrow as we learn what it means for us to repent and be changed by the gospel.

Praying for you,
Pastor Juan

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Volunteer Training
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