Resources to follow up ChurchLIFE 101: A Culture of Repentance and Worship

After finishing my message on Sunday, I knew I had some work online ahead of me, to follow through on providing the resources I alluded to in the message.

First, the outline for the original sermon on the subject “When the Church Needs to Repent, delivered in January, 2006, can be found in the sermon outline archive at

Second, I recommended a great book by John Piper, entitled When I Don’t Desire God; How to Fight for Joy.  That book is available through Desiring God Ministries and is available for download here.

I also suggested that repentance and faith need to be seen as an inseparable pair when it comes to our salvation:  repentance being the sorrow for and turning from sin, and faith being the trust placed in Jesus Christ and his work on the cross.  The following is meant to help you clearly see the tie between the two:

Passages where repentance and faith occur in the same context:

  • Mark 1:15–“Repent and believe the gospel” (Jesus speaking).
  • Acts 20:21–Paul testifies “of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Hebrews 6:1–a foundation of “repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.”

Repentance in a context of leading to salvation:  Matthew 3:2, 11, 4:17; Mark 1:4, 6:12; Luke 3:3, 13:3, 5, 15:7, 10, 24:47; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 5:31, 8:22, 11:18, 17:30, 26:20, Romans 2:4, 2 Timothy 2:25, 2 Peter 3:9

Faith/Belief in a context of leading to salvation (partial list):  John 33:15, 16, 18, 36, 5:24, 6:40, 47, 11:25-26, 20:31; Acts 10:43, 13:39, 15:11, 16:31, 26:18; Romans 1:16-17, 3:22, 25-28, 4:5, 9, 11-13, 16, 22, 5:1-2, 9:30-32, 10:6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:21; Galatians 2:16, 3:7-9, 11, 24-26, 5:6; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 3:9; 1 Peter 1:9

From these lists I  (and lots of others) draw the conclusion that repentance and faith are both present in biblical salvation, sometimes referred to together, sometimes referred to in terms of the beginning of the process (repentance) and sometimes in reference to the completion of the process (faith/belief).  I use the terms “beginning” and “completion” advisedly, since these two occur together and there is not a real separation in their actions.

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