Repent and believe - Matthew 5:1
Session 3 Index Session 5
(A1) Review of previous session
(A2) Start by sincerely asking God to open your mind and tell him you'll do Psalm 119:34 "Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart."
(A3) How did you do on your goal to EVERY day spend a few minutes studying (learning, remembering and doing) the Bible and a few minutes praying about what he wants you to do?
(A4) Click here to view the applications and split into groups of 2 and work on saying word perfect from memory Applications 1a-3.
(1) Once you're back in the big group have everyone say the applications by memory.
(A5) Who are you teaching the Sermon on the Mount to? How is it going?
(B1) Repent and believe, both are required
(B2) Matthew 5:1-2 "One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, (2) and he began to teach them"
(1) Was Jesus teaching the crowds (the uncommitted) or his disciples (his followers)?
(B3) Jesus directed the most famous sermon ever preached to his disciples (followers) with the crowds listening in. He wanted his disciples to know how to live in a way that God can bless both now AND after we die. It was probably what he taught each new crowd. It's called the "Sermon on the Mount" because it was given on a mountainside. First, let's see who Jesus says are his true disciples.
(B4) For context, here are the four paragraphs right before the Sermon on the Mount - Matthew 4:17-24 "From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” (18) One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. (19) Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” (20) And they left their nets at once and followed him. (21) A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. (22) They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind. (23) Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. (24) News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all."
(1) What had Jesus' disciples seen Jesus do in the paragraphs right before the Sermon on the Mount?
(2) v24 Was there anyone Jesus didn't heal?
(B5) Matthew 4:17 (a few paragraphs before the Sermon on the Mount) "From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near."
(1) What had Jesus' disciples (followers) already done?
(2) From John MacArthur Bible Commentary "The opening word of this first sermon sets the tone for Jesus’ entire earthly ministry (cf. Luke 5:32 "I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent."). Repentance is a constant motif in all His public preaching. And in His closing charge to the apostles, He commands them to preach repentance as well (Luke 24:47 "It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for ALL who repent.")." Who did Jesus come to call? What did Jesus command his apostles to preach? If a person truly repents will they be forgiven, even if they did horrible sins?
(B6) From ESV Study Bible note on Matthew 3:2 "To repent, or “change one’s mind,” in the Old Testament called for a change in a person’s attitude toward God that impacted one’s actions and life choices; it involved the idea of “turning,” that is, from one way of thinking and living to a different way. Common external signs of repentance included prayers of remorse and confession and renouncing of sin."
(1) How does one repent?
(2) If one really repents what is impacted? ("a change in a person’s attitude toward God that impacted one’s ______ and ____ ______")
(3) The NLT Bible, to make it clear what "repent" means, sometimes translates "repent" as "repent of your sins and turn to God".
(B7) Mark 1:15 "The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"
(1) What was Jesus message at the beginning of his ministry?
(2) Here is how the Amplified Bible has Mark 1:15 (it puts the amplifications in brackets) "and saying, “The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life] and believe [with a deep, abiding trust] in the good news [regarding salvation]." How does the Amplified Bible describe what it means to repent? To believe?
(B8) Luke 13.5 "No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too."
(1) What was Jesus' message in the middle of his ministry?
(2) CSB Study Bible "emphasized that every person must repent or else perish spiritually for eternity."
(B9) Luke 24:47 "It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent."
(1) What was Jesus' message at the end of his ministry?
(B10) Acts 3:19 "Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away."
(1) What was Peter's message?
(B11) Acts 26:20 "I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must repent of their sins and turn to God—and prove they have changed by the good things they do."
(1) What was Paul's message?
(2) Are you convinced that Jesus requires his followers to repent of their sins and turn to God?
(3) How are we to prove that we have repented?
(B12) Luke 3:8-9 "Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. ... (9) Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire."
(1) v9 What happens to those who don't have proof that they have repented?
(B13) From ESV Study Bible note on Acts 2:38 "The gospel can be summarized in different ways. Sometimes faith alone is named as the one thing necessary for salvation (see John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:9; Eph. 2:8–9), other times repentance alone is named (Luke 24:47; Acts 3:19; 5:31; 17:30; 2 Cor. 7:10), and sometimes both are named (Acts 20:21). Genuine faith always involves repentance, and vice versa. Repentance includes a change of mind that ends up trusting God (i.e., having faith)."
(1) To become a Christian does one need to both believe and repent?
(2) What does genuine faith always involve?
(3) Repentance includes a change of mind that ends up trusting who?
(B14) Review: Do you agree one must repent in addition to believe? For you, which of the verses above make that clear that we must repent of our sins and turn to God?
(B15) Summary: We must repent of our sins and turn to God because it was what Jesus clearly commanded throughout his ministry and what the leaders of the early church commanded. A lot of people in good churches do only 1/2 of Jesus' message, they believe but do not repent and sacrificially prove their repentance by learning and following Jesus' teachings so that they can do the good and be the light he desires them to do.
(C2) It's ONLY those who both hear AND do (obey) God's words who are the ones building their house on the rock (Matthew 7:24-27).
(1) Click here Next week you need to be able to say word perfect from memory Applications 1a-4. This little effort will make ALL THE DIFFERENCE in having your and other's lives changed.
(1) Is there anything more important then to know how to live in a way God can bless both now and after we die?
(2a) (This application is only for those who are followers of Jesus, it's not for those who are checking out who Jesus is). Hopefully you've already started teaching Jesus' 3 requirements to one person last week.
(2b) Let's spend some time praying and ask God who he wants us to start teaching this week.
(2c) Who else can you start teaching this week? Maybe your spouse or someone in your family, extended family, a friend, someone at work, or in your neighborhood?
(3) Go over different ways to invite people, from sending a link to ...
(4) This week, what is your plan for starting this?
(5) Pray, pray, pray that will open their minds to understand his word.
(6) Read carefully and answer all of the questions in session 4. We'll discuss session 4 next time.
(7) During this coming week keep reviewing this lesson, let it sink in and become part of you. Talk about it with others.
(8) Listen to BRING YOUR ONE part 1, 2, 3, 4 (Jan 19, 27, Feb 3, 10) sermon series by Rick Atchley, The Hills Church, Fort Worth, Texas. Each of them is only about 30 minutes long. Or watch them here sermon 1, sermon 2, sermon 3, sermon 4.
(9) Click here to listen to Dawson Trotman's "Born to Reproduce" listen. It's probably the most listened to message from the 1950's and you'll soon know why.
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