REPENTANCE TOWARD GOD
                                                           Acts 20:21

   Introduction

         A. The apostle Paul in Acts 20:21 told the Ephesian elders that he testified to the
              Jews and Gentiles repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus
              Christ.

         B.  Let’s concentrate on the doctrine of repentance.

   Body

    I.  The definition of repentance

         A.  Repentance literally means “after knowledge” and denotes a change of mind.
               1.  A change of mind toward self, sin and God.  Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23.
               2.  Repentance is the giving up of ones stubborn will in order to accept God’s
                    will.  Matthew 21:28-32

   II.  God and repentance

         A.  God commands repentance.  Acts 17:30-31

         B.  God desires repentance.  2 Peter 3:9

         C.  God rejoices in repentance.  Luke 15:7,10

         D.  God gives/grants repentance.  2 Timothy 2:25-26

               1.  He gives the ability to repent.  Matthew 11:28; 2 Peter 3:9
               2.  He gives the time and opportunity to repent.  2 Peter 3:9; 2 Corinthians 6:2
               3.  He gives the incentives to repent.  The fear of punishment (Romans 2:3,5)
                    and the goodness of God (Romans 2:4).

  Conclusion

         A.  God won’t force anyone to repent.  He has done everything necessary.  It’s up
               to the individual.
      
         B.  The Christian life is a life of repentance.  Revelation 2:5