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Who Needs To Repent?
Luke 13:3-5

3 "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were {worse} culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5 "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (NAS)

Introduction
I want you to note that I have an umbrella with me this morning.

I want to use it to illustrate how all of us at times listen to the word of God. The word of God can be spoken clearly and simply but we just simple hold up our spiritual umbrella and hope the word will just pour off on some other person.

But today I want all of us to realize that repentance is not always for the other person. Will you right now say to the person nearest you, to your right these words "you may need to repent" now say to the to the person on your left the same words. Now if you want to get even say to anyone near you the same words.

My point is this; all of us at times need to repent. Repentance is not a one time experience. It is included in the road that is called by our Lord the "Narrow Road". The modern church has tried to remove repentance.

In his book I Surrender, Patrick Morley writes that the church's integrity problem is in the misconception "that we can add Christ to our lives, but not subtract sin. It is a change in belief without a change in behavior." He goes on to say, "It is revival without reformation, without repentance." quoted in John The
Baptizer, Bible Study Guide by C. Swindoll, p. 16

Today I want today to point out 2 specific groups of people who need to repent.

Non- Christian People Need to repent.

Carnal Christians need to repent.
 

Would you right now turn to the person to your right and say "you may need to repent."

Would you right now turn to the person to your left and say "you may need to repent."

Would you right now point you finger at me and say "you may need to repent."

Do I make my point?   We may all need to repent.
 
 


1.    Non- Christian People Need to repent.


A.    Repent Because of what their lifestyle. . Receives

        1.    Receives a Condemnation to Hell. Luke 13:3-5
3 "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 "Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, were {worse} culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5 "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish." (NAS)

John 3:18
18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (NAS)

Heb 2:3
3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, (NAS)

I Jn 5:10
10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the witness that God has borne concerning His Son. (NAS)
 

Illustration
One day the police stopped a teen-age girl in a city in Idaho, after complaints that a car had been seen going around her neighborhood in reverse for some time.

The girl told police that her parents had let her use the car, but she had put too much mileage on it. She said, "I was trying to unwind some of it."

Some try by their works to erase the record of their sin by rewinding some good deeds. It just doesn't work.
 

B.    Repent Because of what their lifestyle . . Rejects.

        1.    They are Rejecting the Love of God. John 3:16
        2.    They are Rejecting the Peace of God. Rom 5:1 & 8:1
5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (NAS)

8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (NAS)
 

Illustration
Perhaps you heard that Bob Wakefield led Wes Tripplett to the Lord in the last days of his life. Bob told me Wes said "I don't know why I did not do it earlier.
 

Application

That story could be repeated many times.

2 Pet 3:9
9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (NAS)
 
 

2.    Carnal Christians need to repent. 1 Cor 3:1-7


A.    Repent to take the Focus off the . . Flesh. v 1

        1.    When We Are Off the Flesh and the Spiritual can be . . Distinguished.
v 1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh,  as to babes in Christ.

        2.    When We Are Off the Flesh and the Spiritual can be . . Digested. v 2

2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able {to receive it.}
Indeed, even now you are not yet able,
 

3.    When We Are Off the Flesh and the Spiritual can Stop the . . Degrading. v 3
    3 for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not
fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? 4 For when one says, "I am of Paul,"
and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not {mere} men? 5 What then is Apollos?
And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave
{opportunity} to each one.

        1.    The Degrading Jealousy. v 3 a
        2.    The Degrading Strife. v 3 b
        3.    The Degradation of preacher religion. v 4-5
 

Illustration
Monday and Tuesday I participated in an evangelism training event for the associational directors of evangelism. Jerry Fields one of the associates in the Missouri Baptist Evangelism Dept. Told a story he got involved with recently.

In the church where he is Interim Pastor two women got into a war over the purchase of potatoes. Some ladies were planning a meal to help a family where a dead had occurred. The meal was planned around ham and scalloped potatoes. Then some one provide some beef and the ladies went to change from scalloped potatoes to mashed potatoes and a fight broke out because the treasure would not authorize the payment for additional potatoes.
 

B.    Repent to Put the Focus on the . . Father. v 6-7
        6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. (NAS)

        1.    Do you Notice the Emphasis on the Father?
                a.    Spiritual People have an Emphasis on God and the godly.

Illustration
Friday Morning I got on the elevator at St. John's hospital. A police officer was already on the elevator and his sleeve badge said Springfield schools. I asked if there was a police officer in each of the schools in Springfield and he said "no I wish there were but I cover 54 schools."

I told him that a police officer and a secretary had told me they thought it could just be a matter of time until there were major problems at the schools. He said "they are absolutely right."

If major problems occur will we ask I wonder if there could be a difference if we had been more spiritual.

Recently I read of a spiritual awaking breaking out at a school in California. Hundreds of students were being saved. In seeking to see if there was a spiritual foundation for that outpouring they found a custodian who said "I have been praying for this for 20 years".

What will it take for us to lead the way for the spiritual to take place.? I have people reading News papers magazines etc. while I am preaching the word of God. Don't make excuses for that it is carnal. If you want to be entertained more that you want to hear the word of God you have a real spiritual problem.

Some of you are more interested in making money than giving money. Some of you are more interested in having your ears tickled than hearing doctrine.

If you knew the word of God you would know that is a sign of the flesh and of the last days.
 

Illustration
Maria and her daughter, Christina, live in a poor neighborhood on the skirts of a Brazilian village.

Maria's husband had died when Christina was an infant. The young mother, stubbornly refusing opportunities to remarry, got a job and set out to raise her young daughter. Now, fifteen years later, the worst years were over. Though Maria's salary as a maid afforded few luxuries, it was reliable and it did provide food and clothing. Now Christina was old enough to get a job to help out.

Some said Christina got her independence from her mother. She recoiled at the traditional idea of marrying young and raising a family. Not that she couldn't have had her pick of husbands. Her olive skin and brown eyes kept a steady stream of prospects at her door. She had an infectious way of throwing her head back and filling the room with laughter. She also had that rare magic some women have that makes every man feel like a king just being near them. But it was her spirited curiosity that made her keep all the men at arm's length.

She spoke often of going to the city. She dreamed of trading her dusty neighborhood for exciting avenues and city life. Just the thought of this horrified her mother. Maria was always quick to remind Christina of the harshness of the streets. "People don't know you there. Jobs are scarce and the life is cruel. And besides, if you went there, what would you do for a living?"

Maria knew exactly what Christina would do, or would have to do for a living. That's why her heart broke when she awoke one morning to find her daughter's bed empty. Maria knew immediately where her daughter had gone. She also knew immediately what she must do to find her. She quickly threw some clothes in a bag, gathered up all her money, and ran out of the house.

On her way to the bus stop, she entered a drugstore to get one last thing. Pictures. She sat in the photograph booth, closed the curtain, and spent all she could on pictures of herself. With her purse full of small black-and-white photos, she boarded the next bus to Rio de Janeiro.

She knew Christina had no way of earning money. She also knew that her daughter was too stubborn to give up. When pride meets hunger, a human will do things that before were unthinkable. Knowing this, Maria began her search. Bars, hotels, nightclubs, any place with the reputation for streetwalkers or prostitutes. She went to them all. And at each place she left her picture-taped on a bathroom mirror, tacked to a hotel bulletin board, fastened to a corner phone booth. And on the back of each photo she wrote a note.

It wasn't too long before both the money, and the pictures ran out, and Maria had to go home. The weary mother wept as the bus began its long journey back to her small village.

It was a few weeks later that young Christina descended the hotel stairs. Her young face was tired. Her brown eyes no longer danced with youth but spoke of pain and fear. Her laughter was broken. Her dream had become a nightmare. A thousand times over, she had longed to trade these countless beds for her secure pallet.

As Christina reached the bottom of the stairs, her eyes noticed a familiar face. She looked again, and there on the lobby mirror was a small picture of her mother. Christina's eyes burned and her throat tightened as she walked across the room and removed the small photo. Written on the back was this compelling invitation. "Whatever you have done, whatever you have become, it doesn't matter. Please come home."
 


Conclusion

This Morning do you sense the call of God to come to Him?

Acts 17:30
30 "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, (NAS)
 
 


 
 


 
 


 

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