Last week, we walked through Peter’s sermon at Pentecost in Acts 2:22-36 that boldly proclaims Jesus as the Resurrected Lord and Savior of God’s people. This week, we’ll be discussing the command that Peter gives the crowd just after his sermon. The crowd, being convicted, asks him in V.37 of Acts 2, “What shall we do now?” Peter’s response in V.38 is simple: REPENT.
Repentance will be the focus of our discussion in large group and small group this Wednesday at FUEL, and I don’t think we can tackle a more important subject. To repent means to “turn from”, and carries the idea that we are to turn away from our sinful living and start living in obedience before God. We want our students to understand this thought clearly while also understanding the importance of living this out. After all, what good is it to know what repentance is without ever doing it?
Allow me to speak clearly on behalf of our leadership here at FBC: we know and celebrate that we are saved by grace through faith ALONE. We celebrate the biblical truth that we are saved “by grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:8), and that we are “declared righteous by faith” before God (Romans 5:1). And yet, we also understand that that genuine faith leads to repentance. Listen to Paul’s words in Romans 2:4:
“Or do you despise the riches of his kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”
Also, consider the words of our Lord in John 14:15.
“If you love me, you will keep my commands.”
We want our students to learn this week (if they have not learned this yet already) that yes, we are saved by faith alone and there is nothing we can do to be saved other than simply believing in Jesus Christ for salvation. And yet, the Bible teaches us that genuine faith looks like repentance from sins and living in obedience to the Lord. I believe it’s time for our students to start learning that their profession of faith means nothing if we do not live in consistent relationship with God that looks like obedience.
Please join me in praying for our students this week. Specifically, pray that they will learn the discipline of a lifestyle of repentance. Only through this type of living can we maintain a close and intimate relationship with God, which is what this whole salvation thing is all about!