Sermon from Pastor F.W.C. Neser ( B1602)
Scripture reading: Acts 3:1-
Principal text- Acts3:19
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord”.
We have come to the time of the restoration of all things…
When we read God’s Word we find that throughout the Old Testament the words: “Repent and be converted” sound like a mighty trumpet throughout.
The same theme is repeated throughout the New Testament. I believe we are at the threshold of a mighty upheaval and change in the Church of God and in the hearts of His people Israel.
When John heralded in, the coming of the Messiah, the heart of his preaching was: “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt.3:1, 2)”.
When Jesus started His ministry He also began to say: “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt.4:17)”.
Yet, Jesus warned against false prophets, against deception and those who would falsely come in His Name (Matt.24:4, 5).
When the disciples went out to preach, they also preached that men should repent (Mark 6:12).
What is repentance and conversion? It is a turning around, having deep remorse over your sins, and turning to Christ your Saviour. A converted person is a humble and a contrite person….a person who is not easily offended, who doesn’t mind to be trampled on for the sake of Christ and the Truth. He knows that his cause is kept safe in the nail scarred hands of Jesus His Saviour and Lord.
Jesus said in Luke 13:24- “Strive to enter in at the straight gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able”. The word ‘strive’ in the Greek is: ‘agonatsomai’ from where the word ‘agony’ is derived. When last did you agonise over your sin?
Repent and be converted, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand……