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POST TENBRAS LUX --- (AFTER DARKNESS, LIGHT) What Does It Mean to Repent?
Group Discussion Guide
(Choose the best question(s) for your group)
October 29, 2017
Questions by Pastor Ric
Texts: MA 4:17; IS 55:6,7; MA 3:1,2; MK 1:14; LU 5:31; LU 13:5; MK 6:12; AC 20:20; LU 15:8-10; EP 2:8,9: RO 10:8-11; JA 2:14-19
- What does it mean to live a life of repentance? Spend some time reflecting upon your life and how it could better reflect an attitude of repentance. David wrote a Psalm of repentance (PS 51). What are the important qualities of this Psalm?
- Luther’s observation of a lack of significant life-change in folks who identified as “Catholic” as prevalent in his society was interesting. We have a problem like this today. What is the primary missing ingredient in our lives that causes lack of life-change? What is the problem with our understanding of repentance?
- How does a clear understanding of the true meaning of repentance (“doing a 180”) impact you? What about your life needs to “die” ? (see verses below)
(Colossians 3:5-9 MSG) “And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.”
Life Groups are a key part of living a life of repentance. Explain how that can happen and why, perhaps, it doesn’t as much as it should.
- Repentance is not a common word. Salvation does not happen without repentance and faith. Discuss both the simplicity of coming to Faith and the complexity of living the life of faith based upon the thief on the cross next to Jesus and James 2:14-19.