Repentance

Hebrews 6:4-12 Falling Away

As we work through the Book of Hebrews we come to the controversial and difficult topic of whether a person who has made a profession and walk of faith can, over time, fall away and it be impossible for them to be restored to repentance and lose their salvation.

The text challenges our understanding of the Perseverance of the Saints, John 10:28-29, and yet we can all bring to mind people who no longer walk in fellowship and bear no sign of the Holy Spirit working in their life.

Ross carefully unpacks the verses by going to supporting texts that are clear to help us understand that at the centre of the writer's warning is the neglect of Repentance.

Editor note; apologies for the poor recording quality during the scripture reading (Jacob).

Matthew 26:36-75 God honouring decisions - Maxon M

Maxon brings a wonderful perspective and story telling to illustrate the issue of our decision making and whether we will submit our will to those of others, even if that comes at a cost to ourselves. The point is exemplified in Jesus submitting totally to the Father in going to the cross to die so that all people might be saved.

He also considers the real life example of Peter who falls and is restored by the Lord. We can identify with Peter, who in one moment claims devotion to and Lordship of Jesus and then in the next moment find ourselves denying Jesus in the face of man's unfavourable option. Repentance is about daily living and stumbling and getting up again and setting our face back toward Jesus in obedience.

We must each day consider the consequences of our decisions regarding our rights, our time, our energy, our resources and think whether it will bring ourselves and others closer to, and into, the Kingdom of God

 

 

Jonah 3: God who forgives - David W

Jonah tried his best to run from the missionary task God had given him but when he finally confronted the Ninevite people with the warning of impending destruction the fearsome Ninevite people repented.

David asks us to consider where our Ninevah might be and were we fear to go and witness to God's love and grace. He also asks us to consider our own repentance and to turn back to God.

Where in the community are you representing Jesus and forming friendships with people to share the good news with them? We can also be Jonah's to our society and to call out evil and wickedness requiring repentance.

Jonah is a story of grace and repentance that resonates with the world's need today.

Jonah 2: God who restores - John W

John takes us to Jonah Ch 2 with a fresh look and asks

  • Where do we go in distress, do we call on God?
  • Do we acknowledge that we can’t save our selves and that we need God to save us?
  • Have we changed our mind about God so that it is Your kingdom come, Your will be done?
  • Do we believe the sign that He has given us?

The chapter shows us that
God is a God who wants to restore us and give us a second chance.
A picture of God’s greatest sign, the sign of the resurrection, Jesus has overcome death.
Jesus tells us he is the resurrection and the Life.
It gives a parallel view from the Psalms on the suffering of Jesus.


 

Matthew 5:1-20 Sermon on the Mount - Ross P (*new*)

Ross brings to us one of the best know passages in Scripture where Jesus begins to teach the people about the characteristics of being a member of God's Kingdom. The message of the Gospel is that it starts with repentance. 

What does it mean to be blessed. What is happiness? Who has the greatest joy
What does it mean to be salt
What does it mean to be light
What was Jesus relationship to the Law such that he was able to fulfil the law

What makes happiness.  Not a function of a good feeling but living good lives which can include pain. Everyone has a different definition of happiness.

Four levels of happiness. 
Level 1 Immediate need fulfilled, but must be met over and over again.
Level 2, achieving a goal by denying yourself after a period of restraint. Only temporary. The anxiety of not achieving can lead to unhappiness
Level 3 Giving unconditional service and love. Only temporary.
Level 4, knowing God, changes everything and permanent.

Salt. Preservative in society. Flavour our society. Thirst inducer. Creates a desire for the living water that comes from the Lord Jesus. Essential for life. Salt solution used for resuscitation . Are we salty christians with the right level of seasoning. Does our speech always have flavour?

What are you looking for to bring you happiness.

Is our light shining. Are you hiding your light

Do you have a high view of scripture. Does your righteousness exceed the most pious person you know.

Have you been born again?

1 Repent, cannot save ourselves and turn toward God.

2 Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 3 - John the Baptist - Ross P

Matthew 3 introduces John the Baptist

  • John's Message
    In those days John the Baptist came. His message is REPENT.
    What does repent mean, …sorry?  Means to change your mind about yourself, God and Jesus.

Repentance makes you realise you are not as good as another and when you compare yourself with God everyone must repent but its hard. We instead admit regret or remorse or apologise. Things didn’t work out the way you meant it to. Repentance is a total change of mind. We must repent of our attitude toward God. Repentance gives us a glimpse of the holiness of God. Repentance shows in our behaviour.

  • His Mandate, his authority. The voice of one calling in the desert, Isaiah. Scripture spoke of him as the messenger
  • Manner, very unconventional. What he wore or what he ate.
  • Menace or challenge or warning. John was not a guy you could be comfortable with. You need to show evidence. You brood of vipers. Today would be considered hate speech. He condemned the religious leaders. You need to produce fruit. Religious heritage cannot save you. Just because Abraham was their father this will not save you. Wrath that is coming.  God’s judgment on this world is still coming. The wrath of God was satisfied on the cross.
    Saying these things does not win friends or make you popular.
  • Motive. Pointing to the Lord Jesus who is coming after him. Not even willing to carry Jesus sandals.

Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Spread to all God’s people. We are baptised into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. Brought into one fellowship. If you know Jesus Christ as your personal saviour then you are baptised into the body of Christ with the HS.
With Fire. Like tongues of fire. Fire refers to judgment. Chafe and wheat, one is for burning and one is for storing away. Judgment on the world has not come yet but it will come.

Johns motive was to point to the Lord Jesus Christ. He must increase but I must decrease. I want to magnify the Lord Jesus.
Do this to be seen to be right. To fulfil all righteousness. Sometimes we need prompting to do the right thing.

  • Message one of repentance.
  • Mandate was the scripture
  • Manner was unconventional
  • Menace: Show the evidence, don’t just say it
  • Motive: to point to Jesus
  • Moment: when he saw the heavens opened.

What is our message? Repentance toward God, faith in Jesus Christ. Many people believe they are Christians because they believe only. So too do the demons believe. I’m not going to change. Both are essential. Repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

Mandate: Jesus said go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Tell the good news. You can be saved from the coming wrath through Him.

Manner: by all means to save some

Motive: we always point to the Lord Jesus Christ, we don’t point to ourselves. He wants us to be more and more conformed to the Lord Jesus Christ. Is Christ magnified in your life more now than last year?

Moment: What was your moment when you were acutely aware of God revealing himself to you. When sis God speak with clarity into your heart? When have you passed from death into life.

What happened to John? He became less popular. I must decrease. Spoke out about Herod’s adultery. Herod got mad and jailed him. Even if you had your moment, like John, you begin to have doubts. Health changes, lose your job. Matthew 11 records he questions whether Christ is the one. Doubt still happens. John was told that people were being raised to life and the scriptures taught. Jesus said that of men born to women John the Baptist was the greatest. Jesus said the least person was greater than he. John was the best man. the bridegroom. The most important on the day. The least person in the kingdom. 

We have the privilege of being united to Christ in the way the bride is to the bridegroom. Sad end. What happens to the messenger happened to the Master? Rejected, Crucified. 

An example for us in our Christian lives where Christ increases and magnified in our lives. The we might be hidden in him.

Life of David - Family Troubles Pt 2 : Ross P

Ross continues in a wonderful exposition of a picture of God's justice and mercy illuminated by David's failure to judge Amnon rightly after the rape of Tamar.

Isaiah Introduction - Why Prophecy? : Ross P

Ross introduces the teaching series and book of Isaiah and asks why should we study prophecy since it is often associated with controversy and unpopular judgement. Prophecy constitutes at least 25% of the bible so to not study prophecy is to overlook a large portion of God's word.
6 Reasons to study prophecy:

  1. It Promotes scripture. All scripture is profitable.
  2. It Prevents ignorance. It informs us of God's plan and confirms already fulfilled promises
  3. It Proclaims Christ. Rev 19:10 'the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy' All prophecy points to Christ
  4. It Promises personal benefit. Rev 1:3
  5. It Promotes holy living. 2 Pet 3:10
  6. It Persuades people into sharing the good news knowing that God's judgement is assured in the future as it was demonstrated in the past. 2 Cor 5:10 'we will all give account to God'

The message concludes with a call to repentance.