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What Kind of Sinner Are You?

It is one thing to be a terrified sinner and another to be a repenting sinner.

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Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance, 1668

Here is the context of that quote.

Do not be deceived! This is not true repentance! Both Ahab and Judas had great trouble of mind. It is one thing to be a terrified sinner—and another to be a repenting sinner. Sense of guilt is enough to breed terror in the conscience. Only infusion of divine grace, breeds true repentance. If pain and trouble were sufficient to repentance, then the damned in hell should be most penitent, for they are most in anguish. “Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done!” Revelation 16:10-11. Repentance depends upon a change of heart. There may be terror—yet with no change of heart. “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” Acts 26:20

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Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance 1668


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We Can’t Even Repent Right

Quote from the sermon Sunday morning.

“Even our repentance needs to be repented of.”

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Puritan saying

 

This quote can be found in the book of Family Prayers by Maxwell Nicholson from 1874.

“Even our repentance needs to be repented of and our very worship needs to be forgiven.”

Even Spurgeon was known to say:  “Even our repentance needs to be repented of!



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Repentance Day

Out of the mouth of my five year old while begging big sister to go outside with him.

Today’s Repentance Day.

He’s more accurate than he knows.  Sounds like a better idea than Labor Day.  Repentance is today.

Acts 2:38 (ESV) And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Mark 1:15 (ESV) “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Acts 3:19-20 (ESV)
19  Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,
20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, …



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Jonathan Sims – Urging All to Repent and Believe

The third sesson of the True Church Conference 2010 “The Quagmire of Hyper-Calvinism”.

The morning session closed with a lecture by Jonathan Sims, a pastor in Shelbyville, Tennessee. His topic was urging all to repent and believe. His text was Acts 17:30-34. Why should we urge all men to repent and believe the gospel? Because that’s what God did. Because that’s what John the Baptist did. Because that’s what the apostles did. Because that’s what Jesus did.

Acts 17 is the story of Paul in Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens. In Thessalonica he preached that Jesus was the Christ. In Athens he disputed with the learned men. He urged these men to repent and believe.

1. We must urge all men to repent and believe because all men are ignorant (verse 30). All men are spiritually blind. All men are depraved. The men in Athens were ignorant. Consider their altar to an unknown God.  Paul made a call to all men of Athens to repent and believe.

2. We must urge all men to repent and believe because God commands all men everywhere to repent (verse 30). He does not suggest, he commands, and his commands are meant to be obeyed. “Flee the wrath that is to come.” Repentance is a gift from God, but it is also the command of God.

3. We must urge all men to repent and believe because all men will one day face the judgment of God (verse 31). The day has been appointed. The standard is righteousness. The proof of judgment lies in the resurrection of Jesus Christ which guarantees the resurrection of man. We all fall far short of the standard of Jesus Christ. However, we also have assurance in Jesus Christ (verse 32). Men are ignorant of the wrath to come without the gospel preacher.

4. We must urge all men to repent and believe because some will repent and believe (verse 34). Some will mock (v. 32). Some will be unsure, they will procrastinate (v.32). But some will repent and believe. Just to see one cleave unto Jesus Christ is worth it. God’s plan is to save some by preaching the gospel to all. Not to save all by preaching to all. Not to save some by preaching to some. And certainly not to save some by preaching to none. It’s not about the preacher, it’s about the message.

5. We must urge all men to repent and believe because this is our calling. See Acts 9:15-16. And we must not be disobedient to the call.  See Acts 26:19-20. Spurgeon sees the dichotomy. He recognizes that repentance and conversion are a gift of God. But he also sees the commission to preach to all men repentance and conversion.



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Voddie Baucham – Brokenness

Back in February, Voddie Baucham spoke at the True Church Conference 2009. His sermon was very moving and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the packed sanctuary. I have looked several times for a full audio or a full video of the sermon but have been unsuccessful.


Below are the notes I took during the sermon. They will give you an idea of the topic.

Voddie Baucham – Brokenness – Psalm 51

Brokenness is the off ramp leading to the narrow road of repentance.

Often we think rededication will repair the pain of sin in our lives. The church is too quick to try and repair the damage and pain of sin without the brokenness that allows true healing. Just like in the commercials today, there is a pill for every discomfort, plus a pill for the discomfort caused by other pills.

Pain and brokenness is a warning light that there is a problem. Today we solve the problem by breaking the warning light, instead of dealing with the problem that caused the warning.

Poppa (supposed to be God) in The Shack says “we are submitted to you….” This is the teaching of today!

Thomas Watson “Who can understand his errors.”

Ps 51:1-2
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
ESV

Blot out – the same word as flood in the Genesis account – wipe all sin away. Maccah – blot out, destroy, wipe away

Wash me thoroughly – a picture similar to using a scrub board to wash stains away.

Cleanse me – a ceremonial cleansing, such as performed by the priests.

God forgets our sin but we don’t. Why don’t we forget?

“…my sin is ever before me…” Psalm 51:3 Notice this Psalm was written a year after the sin with Bathsheba.

Wouldn’t be able to testify to God’s grace and mercy.

Wouldn’t remember to not sin.

Couldn’t rejoice in the victories.

Our sin is an affront to a Holy and Righteous God.

Ps 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. ESV

Instead of breaking His heart, He is going to break us. Revelations 19:11-16

Lack of brokenness is a hindrance to true worship of God.

Without brokenness, you are incapable of worshiping a Holy God. Most “worship” today is man centered. God will not accept our “worship” until we are broken over our sin and self-righteousness. Otherwise we have become another Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isa 1:10-20
10 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
11 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
12 “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
ESV


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Southern Baptist President Hunt Calls For Repentance

Repentance a ‘dire need’ in SBC, Hunt says

… The 9/11 terrorist attacks and recent economic downturn have caused many Christians to say, “God is trying to get America’s attention,” Hunt said.

“God is not trying to get America’s attention. God is trying to get our attention,” Hunt declared. “The Bible says, ‘It is now time for judgment to begin at the house of God [1 Peter 4:17]. If I understand that, from my own background and vernacular, God is saying, ‘Quit predicting what I am going to do to America, I am about to let the hammer fall on my own people. I’m trying to get their attention.'”

When God gets Southern Baptists’ attention and they begin to conduct themselves with tenderness, holiness and compassion, God will get the nation’s attention, Hunt said. …

This quote of Hunt’s is so true. (Just a note of clarification I don’t normally quote Hunt since I think much of what he says is way off.) We as individuals need repentance. Southern Baptists as a denomination need repentance. Christians as a whole need repentance. We need to repent of our sins of commission and omission. We need to repent of thinking to highly of ourselves. But most importantly we need to remember that we are slaves to a most HOLY, HOLY, HOLY GOD. We have no understanding of how worthless our “good” deeds are.

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; KJV

The Lord God will vindicate His Holiness before the nations. He will not forever stand by and let us who claim to be His people profane His name.

Ezekiel 36:23 …And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. ESV


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Who Did the Changing?

Did we change, or did God change us? by Lee Roy Dutton, Pastor, Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Odenville

I constantly hear or read where the lost person is told to make a change in their life in order to be saved.

Does man really make a change first?

Because of the rebellious nature of the natural man, would it not be wonderful if God changed the lost person?

Can God do this?

Would God do this?

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom.5:8)

Here we learn that God loved us and died for us before we made a change.

Salvation is by grace and not because someone makes a change.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)

Continued Here (Sorry link is broken)



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True Church Conference 2009 – Jeff Noblit – The Glory of God in Repentance

Jeff Noblit – Sunday AM – The Glory of God in Repentance

Psalms 130
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities
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Martin Luther called this the Pauline Psalm.

I. Turning to God in Despair and Confession v 1 – 3

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?

Vance Havner, “Shipwrecked on God, stranded on omnipotence.”

II. Trusting in God for Forgiveness & Hope v 4 – 5

4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

He that is most offended by sin is also most forgiving.

III. Treasuring God as Our Highest Good v 6

6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

IV. Telling Others they must Turn, Trust, and Treasure Our God v 7 – 8

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

1 Peter 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. ESV

The Glory of God in Repentance video


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