Repentance: The Reformation Continues (Day 2)

               The second day of our National Conference consisted of many speakers boldly declaring what the Word of God has to say about the doctrine of repentance. Many of the messages focused on various accounts of God working mightily in the hearts of wicked sinners, bringing about true repentance and changing their lives.

               Kevin Swanson started off the morning by giving a short sermon on Daniel 4, which outlines the humbling and repentance of King Nebuchadnezzar, a wicked king in the Bible.

Pooyan Mehrshahi then examined the repentance of Manasseh, another wicked king whom God had graciously gifted the gift of repentance to. The account speaks to the change in his life after he repented.

Justin Huffman gave a sermon on sin, preaching from Genesis 38. This chapter describes the amazing sovereignty of God. God took a wicked sinner, Judah, committing a scandalous sin, and used it as part of the unfolding of His eternal plan for the redemption of His people. We each need to be watchful of the sin within our hearts, repent, and mortify it early on so that it does not become scandalous sin.

               Jason Dohm then preached a sermon based in Luke 19, discussing the connection between repentance and restitution. It isn’t ever enough to just simply apologize to God and your neighbor. A heart of true repentance seeks to make things right when their sin has caused injury or loss to a neighbor.

               Scott Aniol then brought us to Psalm 130, where the Psalmist shows us what true repentance feels like. It’s different than a didactic passage, where a concept or lesson are explained to us. The author uses various poetic elements to help us understand what true repentance is like.

               Jeff Pollard explored Matthew 27 and delivered a powerful message that illustrated the false repentance of Judas. Outwardly, Judas appeared to have all the signs of a genuine, repentant sinner. But, as Paul makes clear in 2 Corinthians 7:10, there is a sorrow “of the world” that “produces death.” This is the type of sorrow that Judas had. It did not lead to a changed life and a love for the Lord. It was a worldly sorrow that was a result of the guilt that he felt for betraying an innocent man for money. Judas’ repentance was not a true repentance and he is now in Hell.

To finish off the evening, John Snyder discussed how David’s repentance ought to be a guide as we continue to daily repent of sins. David committed wicked sins, but when we read Psalm 51, we read the heart of a repentant sinner.