Remember, Scripture should be read actively, not passively. Be sure to keep asking those three key questions. 1)What does the text say? 2) What does the text mean? 3) What application does the text have for me?
In this study, we will look at a direct command, then at some clarifying Scripture about how to obey it “internally” not just “outwardly”.
I. Read Mark 1:14 – The Command
- What is the command of Jesus here (2 things)?
- What is the “Gospel”?
- What does “repent” mean (look it up if necessary)? Can you think of a modern day example of “repenting”?
- Can a person be a true Christian and yet not repent?
II. Read Matthew 16:24-26 – Doing it from the heart
- What three things does Jesus call His followers to do, and what does each one mean?
- How do 20th century people seek “to save (preserve the quality of)his own life”?
- Apart from martyrdom, how can someone “lose his life for me for Jesus”?
- What are we to turn away from?
- How does Isaih 53:6 apply to this discussion?
- Whose way are we to turn “from” and whose way are we to turn “to”?
III. Look Up Colossians 3:1-13 – Attitudes and actions that accompany repentance
- What does v. 1-2 tell the believer to do (2 “do’s” and 1 “don’t”)?
- According to v. 3-4, why are we to do these things?
- According to v. 5-9, what are we to “put to death” or “put off”?
- According to v. 12-13, what are we called to “put on” or “clothe selves” with?
- In consideration of the Scriptures we have looked at, how would you summarize the Biblical teaching on “repentance”?