Calvary Temple Outreach – Sin and Repentance
Sin and Repentance: Those two words can cause quite a stir! Sin and repentance. When you think about the word “sin”, at a very high level its talking about doing wrong. At least, most people would be able to articulate it that way. Of course, most people don’t like to admit being wrong, so the word “sin” gets replaced with many other words that are more palatable. I messed up, or I made a mistake…or in some cases, people might say something like “my bad” and try to add some humor to it. Those are just a couple of examples and there are plenty of others. Repentance is even worse. If one is going to repent, it means that they have taken ownership of being wrong and change course so as not to do that wrong again. Many people see repentance as an ugly word. Repentance is a beautiful word.
Sin and Repentance: Thank God I can repent for my sins!
As we were winding down our study on “What Does The True Church Look Like” at the Winchester Bible Study, we talked about the aspect of repenting from sin. I don’t remember exactly what happened, but suddenly we were in a very deep conversation! As we were talking about sin and repentance, we turned to 2 Corinthians 7:10-11, which reads:
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
The group suddenly became very animated and were asking questions faster than we could answer them! “What is godly sorrow? What does it mean that it works repentance to salvation? What does it mean ‘not to be repented of’? What is the sorrow of the world? What does it mean when it says it works death?” It got even more intense after we read verse 11! I remember getting into the car to drive home after the meeting and my wife and I looked at one another and asked at the same time, “What just happened!” We ended up taking a couple of sessions to work through these two verses, defining each word and going to other scriptures to discuss the topic in a more full manner.
Before we answered all of those questions, we stepped back and asked “What is sin?” The group became thoughtful and then began offering up definitions. One defined it as we did above, doing wrong. Another brought out the aspect that it isn’t just wrong that we commit, but also not doing things we’re supposed to do. We shared with them that the word used in the Bible translated into our English word, sin, means “to miss the mark.” We also see from 1 John 3:4 that sin is transgression of the Law. Looking at 1 John 5:17, we see that all unrighteousness is sin. The last reference we used to help bring an understanding of what sin is was from James 4:17, which states:
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
In the end, God is the one who says what is right and what is wrong. He gave us His Word and by it we know what God says is sin. This really seemed to hit home with everyone. It was very beneficial to see what God says is sin and how He views it. When we can begin to understand even just a little what sin is to God, it helps change our own perspective of it and should cause us to develop a deeper hatred for sin, both in ourselves and in others.
In our next post, we’ll get more into repentance and then we’ll delve into the definitions for each of the words from 2 Corinthians 7:10-11. Until then, I would encourage you to get before the Lord and honestly ask Him to reveal in you what displeases Him. He will be faithful to show you AND to help you repent (change course) and hate the sin as He does!
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About Calvary Temple
Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.