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					  Acts 17:30-31

October 31 - AM
Today is Halloween
   Halloween is of pagan origin – Druids
   Adapted into religious calendar
       November 1 – All Saints Day
       October 31 – All Hallows Eve
       This was the wild night for evil before the
        saints took control the next day
   Similar to Mardi Gras – the wild Tuesday
    before Ash Wednesday and Lent
Today is Halloween
   Let me make it clear:
       I do not encourage the use of witchcraft,
        demons, or satanic practices
       I do not have a problem with children in
        costume – “Trick or Treat”
   With all this fun – an important thought is
    missing
Repentance
   Repentance is a forgotten doctrine
   Jesus commanded repentance
   John the Baptizer preached repentance
   Paul (in our text) demanded repentance

   There are three facets to Repentance
Expressing Repentance
   1930’s movie – Frankenstein
       The monster is loose – everyone is afraid
       They are chasing him, seeking to destroy him
        and he does not understand why
   He enters a house to hide from the mob
    seeking to destroy him
Expressing Repentance
   He sees himself in a mirror
       He is frightened, repelled and horrified
       He is now afraid of his own image
Expressing Repentance
   Biblical Example – David
       Adultery with Bathsheba
       Nathan comes to David
       “You are the man.”
   Psalm 51 is David seeing the monster in the
    mirror
   Psalm 51:3 - For I acknowledge my
    transgressions, And my sin is always before me.
Expressing Repentance
   Parable of Two Sons
   Matthew 21:28-30 - 28“But what do you think? A
    man had two sons, and he came to the first and
    said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ 29He
    answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he
    regretted it and went. 30Then he came to the
    second and said likewise. And he answered and
    said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31Which of the
    two did the will of his father?”
Explaining Repentance
   Repentance is - - -
    A    collision of perception with
        truth
       Malachi 3:7 - Yet from the days of your
        fathers You have gone away from My
        ordinances And have not kept them. Return to
        Me, and I will return to you,” Says the LORD
        of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we
        return?’
Explaining Repentance
   Repentance is - - -
       A collision of perception with truth

    A    confusion of old thinking and
        new doubts – Haggai 1:7 - Thus says the
        LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!
       Luke 5:32 - I have not come to call the
        righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Explaining Repentance
   Repentance is - - -
       A collision of perception with truth
       A confusion of old thinking and new doubts

    A   Consciousness of sin against
        God
       Psalm 51:3 - For I acknowledge my
        transgressions, And my sin is always before
        me.
Explaining Repentance
   Repentance is - - -
       A collision of perception with truth
       A confusion of old thinking and new doubts
       A Consciousness of sin against God

    A    Courage to agree with God and
        disagree with the world
       Psalm 51:4a – Against You, You only, have I
        done this evil in Your sight -
Explaining Repentance
   Repentance is - - -
       A collision of perception with truth
       A confusion of old thinking and new doubts
       A Consciousness of sin against God
    A    Courage to agree with God and
        disagree with the world
       Job 42:5b-6 – But now my eye sees You.
        Therefore I abhor myself. And repent in dust
        and ashes.
    Explaining Repentance
   Repentance is - - -
       A collision of perception with truth
       A confusion of old thinking and new doubts
       A Consciousness of sin against God
       A Courage to agree with God and disagree with the world

    A       Continuation in the new walk –
          We make resolutions, changes, turn over a new leaf –
           but it does not last
          We must continue in our changed way
    Experiencing Repentance
   Have you experienced repentance in your
    life?
   Prodigal Son – Luke 15
       He wasted his living doing wrong
       In the pig pen – he saw the monster in the mirror
       Private knowledge – “came to himself”
       Personal inventory – “servants better than I am”
       Public confession – “I have sinned against heaven and in
        thy sight”
    Experiencing Repentance
   Have you experienced repentance in your
    life?
   Have you seen the “Monster in the Mirror”?

				
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