Wesley on Repentance

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Lesson

The Holy Spirit begins to give the awakened conscience an inward “check” using the moral law. God uses the word and the Spirit to shed increasing light on the conscience to reveal shafts of the righteousness and justice of God. Repentance means a change of mind or change of direction. Wesley described repentance as the “porch” of religion. Wesley said that the only requirement to be part of a Methodist society was a desire to flee the wrath to come. He would then encourage you to leave off evil, do good and use the means of grace, which he equated with repentance. The three principal aspects of repentance are conviction, poverty of spirit and rejection of self-righteousness and self-justification. Repentance occurs prior to justification. Repentance will result in outward expressions of inward contrition and grace. The general means of grace are prayer, searching the Scripture, communicating, the Lord’s Supper and fasting. Prudential means of grace are practices that foster the love of God. They may differ from one person to another. It requires reason, reflection and honesty.

Outline

III. CONVICTION (CONT)

B. Moral law

IV. REPENTANCE

A. Definition

B. Repentance is a collection of many works

C. Participation in Wesleyan societies

D. Three principal aspects of repentance

V. THE MARKS OF THE REPENTANT LIFE

A. Ceasing from evil

B. Doing good

C. Using the ordinances of God

1. General means of grace

2. Prudential means of grace

VI. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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