Basic Doctrines: Repentance

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Repentance is a condition for baptism, and ultimately of conversion and salvation. It is also a lifelong process—one never stops needing to repent.


Repentance: The Genuine Article (Part Six)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The proof that a person has truly made a change of heart appears when his life begins to show him doing what is right. Right living is the fruit of repentance.


Repentance: The Genuine Article (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When we repent, we turn off the path that leads to destruction and onto the narrow path—through the strait gate—that leads to life in the Kingdom of God.


Repentance: The Genuine Article (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

True repentance involves pain, particularly emotional pain. To repent is wrenching to the psyche. It really hurts because it is difficult to do.


Are We Ready for Change?

Article by Bill Onisick

The apostle Paul describes the Christian life as a process of change: from the old man to the new man. Human beings, though, typically resist change because it is difficult. Bill Onisick provides advice on how we can make the process of change more organized and perhaps a bit easier too.


Repentance: The Genuine Article (Part Four)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Now that we have considered the two main Old Testament words for "repentance," we can look at the New Testament Greek word metanoia . ...


The Wonderful Ordinance of Water Baptism

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Baptism symbolizes a burial and resurrection, or the crucifixion of the carnal self. After a person realizes his ways have been wrong, he should counsel for baptism.


Conduct of the New Life

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Driving out the evil must be followed by cultivating goodness and righteousness. An antidote to depression is to get our hearts focused on someone else.


Born Again (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that being born again is entirely a spiritual matter, indicates that it is not a doctrine necessary for the achieving of salvation, certainly not as important as faith or sanctification, but it does flesh out some details about our liberty from the shackles or slavery of sin. "Born again" …


Assurance (Part One): Self Examination

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, noting that the foundational way of life as outlined by Jesus Christ is not much followed in mainstream Christianity, and observing that the five foolish Virgins also belonged to the visible church, reminds us that we are only Christ's if we have God's Holy Spirit living in us, and we live according to the …


Journey of the Monarch Butterfly

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Ryan McClure, drawing a spiritual analogy from the fascinating metamorphosis of a monarch butterfly, from a lowly larva to an aviation marvel, able to journey thousands of miles, displaying magnificent regal colors, makes a comparison to our own metamorphosis from a carnal, fleshly (relatively worm-like) existence to a glorious, …


What Is Real Conversion? (Part Six)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We have learned that conversion is primarily a process, a transformation of a Christian's nature from human and carnal to godly and spiritual. ...


What Would You Do With a Second Chance?

'Ready Answer' by David F. Maas

How often have we wished we could live some part of our lives over again to correct a wrong? God gives us multiple chances to change our character for the better.


Repentance

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, reminding us that a major focus of John the Baptist's ministry was a call to repentance and turning to righteousness, a focus that Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul reinforced and magnified. Curiously, in main-stream Protestantism, repentance has fallen out of favor and has been replaced by cheap 'grace.' The Law …


What Is Repentance? (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Repentance has fallen out of favor in mainstream Christianity, yet neither genuine baptism nor remission of sins can occur until the individual repents.


The Fruit of Repentance

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We may feel sorry or even guilty when we sin, but have we actually repented? The Scriptures show that true repentance produces these seven, distinct fruits.


Choosing the New Man (Part One)

Article by Charles Whitaker

The Bible describes many men, but one of the most important is the new man. What is this new man? Charles Whitaker explains that the new man is a creative effort of renewing our minds in cooperation with God.


What is Atonement?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Man's estrangement from God is wholly man's fault. Atonement denotes the way harmony is achieved, making the entire world at one or reconciled with God.


Repentance and Righteousness (Part 2)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that mechanically keeping the law is only the beginning of righteousness. The broad underlying principles of God's Law are far more stringent than the narrowly stated rules. Principles are broad comprehensive truths covering all unforeseen circumstances. Conforming to rules without understanding the …


Acts (Part 5)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh highlights how the witness of the apostles, particularly miraculous healings performed in the name of Jesus Christ, brought them into conflict with the established Jewish leaders, the entrenched Sadducees and the Sanhedrin. Peter used the startling impact of these healings to draw attention to the fulfilled …


Scripture Fulfilled in Christ's Death

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Four distinct Old Testament Messianic prophecies were fulfilled by Christ's death and cited by the Apostle John.


Separation and At-One-Ment

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Since the beginning, God's purpose has been to bring all things into harmony with Him, giving mankind a respite from the heaviness of a sin-laden world.