Introduction: 1.In Acts 1:8, Jesus gave the apostles a specific plan for carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16). 2.As Luke showed how this plan was implemented in Acts, he also wrote about a number of conversions that occurred. 3.Studying these conversions helps us understand how we are saved from sin today. 4.Luke also wrote in Acts about a number of important subjects that relate to salvation, including "repentance." Discussion: I.PRIORTOTHEEVENTS RECORDEDINACTS,JOHNANDJESUSHADMUCH TOSAYABOUTREPENTANCEINTHEGOSPELS A.John: 1.called upon people to repent as he preached (Matthew 3:1-2) 2.told the Pharisees and Sadducees to "bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance" (Matthew 3:7-8). B.Jesus: 1.called upon people to repent as He preached (Matthew 4:17) 2.came to call "sinners to repentance" (Matthew 9:12-13) 3.illustrated the meaning of repentance in one of His parables (Matthew 21:28-32) 4.said that those who fail to repent will perish (Luke 13:3, 5) 5.taught that repentance produces joy in heaven (Luke 15:7, 10). II.INACTS,LUKERECORDEDSOMEIMPORTANTINFORMATIONCONCERNING REPENTANCE
A.God requires everyone to repent. 1.This point is made in Acts 17:30. 2.More specifically, God requires Jews and Greeks to repent (Acts 20:21). a.God wants Jews to repent (Acts 5:29-31). b.God wants Gentiles to repent. 1)(Acts 26:19-20) After preaching to the Jews, Paul was to show the Gentiles "that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance." 2)(Acts 11:18) After Peter recounted the conversion of Cornelius and his household, the Jews in Jerusalem agreed that God had "granted repentance unto life" to the Gentiles. B.Repentance is a requirement for salvation. 1.In addition to baptism, repentance is required of those who desire to receive the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). 2.In addition to being converted, repentance is required of those who desire to have their sins blotted out (Acts 3:19). C.Christians are required to repent (Acts 8:22). III.FOLLOWINGTHEEVENTSRECORDEDINACTS,REPENTANCEWASADDRESSED INTHEEPISTLES
A.God's goodness leads to repentance (Romans 2:4) B.Godly sorrow also leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:8-11).