1. Growing in the knowledge of Christ is an important responsibility (2 Peter 3:18). 2. Searching the Scriptures is the key to accomplishing this growth (John 5:39). 3. As we examine Scriptures that inform us about the Lord's ministry we see that His primary work was "teaching and preaching" (Matthew 11:1). 4. In His teaching and preaching Jesus addressed many important subjects, one of which was "repentance."
I. JESUS EMPHASIZED REPENTANCE THOUGHOUT HIS MINISTRY
A. Jesus began His ministry by calling upon people to repent. 1. Matthew 4:17 2. Mark 1:14-15 B. During His ministry Jesus said that He came to call "sinners to repentance" (Mark 2:14-17). C. Jesus included repentance in the Great Commission (Luke 24:46-47). D. Jesus revealed the fate of those who fail to repent. 1. Luke 13:1-5 2. Matthew 11:20-24
II. IN HIS PARABLES JESUS ILLUSTRATED THE MEANING OF REPENTANCE
A. Matthew 21:28-32 B. Luke 15:17-19
III. JESUS SHOWED THAT REPENTANCE PRODUCES JOY IN HEAVEN
A. Luke 15:7 B. Luke 15:10 C. Luke 15:22-24
IV. JESUS CONNECTED REPENTANCE WITH FORGIVENESS (Luke 17:3-4)