Repentance: Turning from Sin
The word repentance often brings to mind scary images of people on a street corner with signs reading, “Repent, for the end is near!” Actually, the possibility of repentance offers great hope for us. It means to “turn around.” Regardless of how bad things have gotten or how far away you may feel from God, when you repent (turn), you instantly find God’s love and mercy waiting for you.
In baptism we publicly display what Jesus did through His death and resurrection. We also show that we have identified with this, By obeying His command to be baptized, we identify with the power of the cross and resurrection to deliver us completely from the power and authority of sin.
“And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.” -Acts 22:16
Peter preached the message of the cross–that Jesus is both Lord and Messiah. The result? The people were “cut to the heart.” They responded by asking, “What shall we do?” the answer to their question was fourfold.
- Be baptized.
- Receive the gift of Holy Spirit
- Be added to the church–the community of believers.
source: Chapter 3 (Repentance & Baptism), Lesson 2 & 4, The Purple Book
photo (above): Photographed by David Bongato, Edited by Jepoy Pelingon.
on picture (above): Ivan Quijano, Life Coach (Left), Jepoy Pelingon, VW-Participant (Mid), Steve Cadd, Pastor (Right). during Victory Makati’s 1st Victory Weekend (Water Baptism) at Aim Conference, Makati City
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