What are characteristics of a church that embraces repentance?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that a repentant church is a humble church and is sincere about conforming to the Word of God. It involves a group of people that not only hear the Word but actually do what Scripture commands. Such a church desires to closely align their lives with Scripture.
Conversely, a church that is devoid of the Holy Spirit will not repent or experience true reformation. Love also becomes predominant within the church, among the family, and to others outside of the church. The church now desires to proclaim salvation to others.
James 1:22-25 (NKJV) - "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."
What does repentance look like in the life of a pastor?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that a repentant pastor examines his life by the Word of God. He understands that if he is going to preach to his congregation, he must be willing to humble himself and repent of sin in his life.
Repentance involves humility. Elders need to be willing to repent and ask for forgiveness. He shares how he has seen examples of this in the church he attends.
Acts 20:28 (NKJV) – “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God[a] which He purchased with His own blood.”
What are the blessings of the Christian life?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that if he had the opportunity to live a million lives as an unsaved individual or one life as a Christian, he would immediately live the life of a saved individual. The life of a Christian is full of peace and joy. There is no better life to live.
We need to declare the riches of Christ more consistently. We must declare who He is. We must tell others of His holiness, His justice, and that He is coming again. We must call others to repent while we still have time.
Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV) – “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”
What is one of the biggest problems that we have in our churches today?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that one of the biggest problems that we have in our churches and culture today is that many people claim that they are Christians but they never exhibit true fruits of salvation and they have never repented for their sins. They are not true Christians.
As a result, people are thinking that they are doing just fine while they walk in darkness and are enslaved to the devil. Accordingly, they experience no victory over sin and continue to show affection for sin. There is a divide in their lives, where so long as they go to church on Sunday, they can do whatever they please the rest of the week.
1 John 1:6 (NKJV) – “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
How can reformation in the church or family be handled poorly?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that reformation in the church or family can be handled poorly when we as fathers or leaders make changes without any communication. We must communicate the “why” behind what we are asking our family or church to do. We must lay the groundwork and explain why we are making changes. We shouldn’t make changes just for the sake of change.
It does go back to our heart – why are we making changes? If we start without Christ at the center, we will run into numerous problems. We ought to have everything stem out of a love for Christ. Reformation should flow out of a heart to please God.
Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV) – “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
How important is it to keep in the mind the reality of eternity and Hell?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that it is important to remember the eternal reality of Hell. When you think of the millions of people who will be spending eternity in a place of eternal torment, how can you keep going on as normal?
One Puritan explained it that 5 million years from now, a soul in Hell will be no closer to being released than the first day that they entered. Jonathan Edwards once stated, "Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs." We ought to have a similar urgency in the church for holiness and for the souls of men.
2 Thessalonians 1:9 (NKJV) – “These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”
What does family reformation look like?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that family reformation involves a family understanding how they can better align their family life to Scripture. There are always areas of our lives that need reforming.
He shares a personal example of how he and his wife would study Scripture together as a family once a week, but they realized that Scripture commands fathers to study God’s Word together as a family on a regular basis.
Deuteronomy 11:19 (NKJV) – “You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
What are the effects of repentance upon the believer?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that when a person is truly repentant, their heart is turned to the Word of God. They want to hear what the preacher has to say because they want the Word of God to guide them. They desire more of God.
A repentant person is not concerned about their own reputation but they want to learn more about Christ and see Christ as so valuable. Their view of worship is changed. A repentant person wants to worship God, sees Christ as so valuable, and acknowledges that there is nothing better than to know God, to walk in His ways, and to be pleasing in His sight.
Romans 6:4 (NKJV) – “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
How should a repentant person fight against sin?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that repentance involves the crying out to God for deliverance from sin. It does not involve minimizing or compromising with sin. They cleave to God. They are desperate and know if they try to fight sin without God, they are doomed.
The Israelites lived amongst many enemies, but instead of relying on God to defeat them as He instructed them to do, they made agreements and alliances with them. They did not trust in God and did what they thought was most helpful. But, in time, their enemies came back and overtook them.
1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
How is worldly sorrow different from godly sorrow?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that the difference between worldly and godly sorrow is night and day. People can cry genuine tears and experience guilt, but it is not godly sorrow if they don’t repent of their sin. Worldly sorrow does not lead to repentance, a change of heart, and salvation.
Godly sorrow involves a clinging to the Lord, a recognition that if He does not save us, we are completely undone. Worldly sorrow does not result in any permanent change or affection for God. Godly sorrow totally changes our view and our affection for God.
2 Corinthians 7:9 (NKJV) – “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.”
What does repentance look like?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that the source of repentance begins with God – it is a gift of God. God allows a man to see himself for who he is in the light of who He is.
Once that person is saved, his ideas of God are changed where he begins to align his life with God’s ways that are laid out in Scripture. He forsakes his old, sinful practices and pursues godliness.
Isaiah 55:7 (NKJV) – “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
What is the prevailing “religion” of the day?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that the prevailing religion of the day is moralism - that somehow, you can make yourself acceptable to God. Or, if you don't believe in God, that you can live a "good life." You have a high opinion of yourself and somehow, that makes you "acceptable" before God.
In short, people often think of themselves more highly than they ought. They think that because their “good” outweighs their “bad,” they deserve salvation. However, what they fail to realize is that they are completely full of sin and there is no act or omission that can ever merit salvation.
Galatians 6:3 (NKJV) - "For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself."
What does repentance look like?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that repentance brings about a change of mind leading to a change of life. You can’t have a changed mind and not change the way you live. Repentance involves the wholesale exchange of one lord for another. It is an exchange of your earthly citizenship for a heavenly citizenship.
Repentance is a gift that God has given to us. We, over a period of time, begin to be more conformed to the image of Christ as we behold Him more and more. Christ becomes more to us. We increasingly love Him and His ways.
Mark 1:15 (NKJV) – “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
What were some of the key doctrines that resulted from the Reformation?
Paul Carrington explains in this video that the sufficiency of Scripture and the idea of God’s grace were two, key doctrines that came out of the Reformation. Man cannot do anything to assist to be brought into the right relationship with God. This was something that was unheard of. At that time, Christ was merely one means out of many to somehow "merit" salvation, which could be lost.
But Scripture makes it clear that salvation does not hinge on our efforts to make ourselves right with God. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can be made right through faith and repentance. The Reformation helped to correct false ideas and teachings and point individuals back to Scripture.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”