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Repentance Questions

The word “repentance” has picked up a negative connotation in our culture, but it is actually good news. One Bible commentator said, “repentance from the beginning of time to this present hour has been, and remains, the most positive word from the heart of God.” The call to repent is an invitation to give up the futility and frustration of doing life on our terms and turn to God who restore us to the life for which we were made. Often, we do not respond to this invitation because we simply do not think deeply enough about what true repentance would look like for us. So here are eight questions to ask yourself and others. May they help us experience the good news of the gospel!


Race of Repentance

There is often an aversion amongst evangelical Protestants to talking about faith and repentance together. The fear is that salvation will be linked to works. One of the great legacies of the Protestant Reformation is the recapturing of the importance of the doctrine of justification by faith. That is, we are made right with God through faith alone in Christ alone. Whenever “repentance” is mentioned, some feel like it could be easily and wrongly interpreted as “penance”…doing works to atone for sin and merit God’s forgiveness. For John Calvin, repentance meant something entirely different.