Monday, August 25, 2008: Matthew 3:1–2In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
What does ‘repent’ mean? It is you choosing to recognize your sin before God and realize of its cost to God- His own Son. This is the great turning point – of your own free will!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008: Mark 1:4John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
What was the significance of baptism? It was a visible sign that, after you choose to repent, your life was begun anew.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008: Mark 1:14–15Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
What did Jesus Christ preach about repentance? The mind-changing choice of repentance was followed by believing the good news of God’s kingdom.
Thursday, August 28, 2008: Mark 6:7,12And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.
So they went out and preached that people should repent.
What were the apostles (twelve) asked to do? They went out and preached repentance with power given by Jesus Christ Himself.
Friday, August 29, 2008: Luke 15:10Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
What did the Lord Jesus Christ say about a repentant sinner? There is joy in the presence of the angels - not that the angels were joyful, but that God Himself was!