Repentance is foundational – “the foundation of repentance,” Hebrews 6:1b – yet, controversial.  Is it necessary for salvation or not?  Some would argue that it isn’t. Yet there is no little emphasis in the Scriptures on repentance.  Sometimes faith is not even mentioned, but rather repentance is set out as the very condition for conversion and salvation. The follow resources seek to explain what repentance is.

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Examples of Unwise Counsel to Awakened Sinners

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Examples of Unwise Counsel to Awakened Sinners

Nettelton's feelings were often severely tried by the unwise counsel which some professing Christians were in the habit of giving to awakened sinners.

Self-Righteously Trying to Save Myself: David Brainerd’s Testimony

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Self-Righteously Trying to Save Myself: David Brainerd’s Testimony

When reading the Life and Diary of David Brainerd I was struck by how self-righteous Brainerd was as a lost person prior to being saved. Many of the...

Hearing of Christ Makes a Man Want to Repent

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Hearing of Christ Makes a Man Want to Repent

If Jesus Christ is not the center of our message to the lost, then we have nothing that can change lost men's minds. Yet upon hearing of Christ...

Will You Follow Jesus Today? Yes or No

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Will You Follow Jesus Today? Yes or No

How many today, in an overreaction to easy-believism, have made the way of salvation to seem blocked.

I Can’t Repent!

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I Can’t Repent!

Still he insisted. “I can’t repent! I should if I could!” and the tears rolled down his cheeks, of which he seemed to go utterly unconscious...

How Do I Run to Christ?

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How Do I Run to Christ?

Many people hear the phrases “Run to Christ,” “Look to Christ,” “Come to Christ,” and they get worn out trying to run, look, and come.

What Does It Mean to Come to Christ?

What Does It Mean to Come to Christ?

So how do you come to Christ? John 1:39 - He said to them, "Come and you will see."

Christ Wants You Either Hot or Cold

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Christ Wants You Either Hot or Cold

If Christ is better than the things of the world, then go after Him with abandon, be sold out for Christ.

Take God’s Side Against Yourself

Take God’s Side Against Yourself

If you ever get to the point where you blame yourself for your sin, you are going to get saved.

Unless This, You Will Perish

Unless This, You Will Perish

Charles talks about the absolute statements our Lord made about unless certain things are true you will perish.

Just As I Am

Just As I Am

Yes, you come just as you are, but Jesus isn't going to leave you just as you are.

God Is Giving You Time to Repent

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God Is Giving You Time to Repent

One of the doctrines that is in great need of definition today is the doctrine of repentance. And I find that one of the great practical...

Stop Trying to Save Yourself

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Stop Trying to Save Yourself

Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. - Isaiah 55:1

“I Want to Be Saved!” Then Come, Don’t Wait!

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“I Want to Be Saved!” Then Come, Don’t Wait!

If you do not have that incredible peace that comes from the Lord, then come to Him now! Do not wait, don't blame God or make excuses, but come to Him and find that all of His promises will hold true for you! Stop trying to save yourself, but rather believe on Christ as your only hope of salvation!

Not Believing, but Christ Alone

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Not Believing, but Christ Alone

Many professing Christians are trusting in their believing and not in Christ, this is a deceitful, works based, salvation that has many thinking they are setting...

Repent or be More Damned than Sodom

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Repent or be More Damned than Sodom

65 Minute Video Sermon on Matthew 11:20-24 | Tim talks about how people who have been exposed to the gospel and reject it will be more damned in hell than those from Sodom. Matthew 11:20 Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21 "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Mat 11:22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you."

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Today some say that to demand repentance by sinners is to demand works for salvation. But if preaching repentance means preaching works, then lay the charge at John’s feet and Jesus’ feet as well. Then go ahead and make the same charge toward Peter and Paul.

Leonard Ravenhill, In Light of Eternity pg. 551




The worst sin of all is the false thinking about God of which the natural man is so terribly guilty.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Romans, vol. 7, p. 44