Repentance - A Cross Change

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22 January, 2023Pastor Andrew Brook

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COVID-19 has brought many changes and raised many questions. Some people have changed their jobs. Others have opted for a sea or a tree change. People are hoping to reassess and rejuvenate their lives. A change of job or location won’t fix the deeper problems of human nature. What we all need is a cross-change. Jesus says to us, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Jesus brings God’s rule into our lives through his death and resurrection. The call to repent is a gracious invitation to let go of our sins and our striving, and receive the hope and future that God’s forgiveness brings.

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali – 14 to fulfil what was said through the prophet Isaiah: 15 ‘Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – 16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.’ 17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and illness among the people.

Matthew 4:17 From that time on, Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of God has come near."

  • What changes did COVID-19 bring to your life?
  • Have you every considered making a sea or a tree change? Why?
  • What's your first reaction when you hear the word 'repent'? Is it negative or positive?
  • How has God transformed your life through the practice of repentance?

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