This article explains the difference between vain responses to guilt that avoid gospel repentance, and responses that form a pattern of gospel repentance.
Until recently the phrase "conversion experience" could be heard everywhere in the Christian world. Though this term may have fallen into disuse of late, the concept of some type of emotional, psychological or religious "experience" marking the initiation of the believer into a relationship with Jesus Christ, remains an important part of modern Evangelical theology.
This is an article discussing repentance, and the various principles undergirding it. It stresses the need for confession, facing the pain that the sin has caused others, asking forgiveness, and remaining accountable.
What is repentance? This article explains the meaning and the fruits of repentance.
Repentance is part of the joyful duty of putting sin to death and coming alive to righteousness. This article discusses four principles for repenting of sin.
How can Christians handle their past experiences? This article looks at the life of the apostle Paul to answer this question. It argues that Christians cannot judge each other based on their past experiences, and that no sinner, no matter how sinful his past, needs to despair of Christ's mercy.
Repentance describes the change that happens in the believer that leads to living a new life. This article explains it.
Conversion is the fruit of regeneration, and leads to obedience and trust in God, as well as forsaking ungodly actions.
This article advises on how one becomes a Christian.
Kuyper discusses what he calls the calling of the regenerate or the calling to repentance in the order of salvation. It is a stage that follows the regeneration of the elect sinner, the quickening, endowment with faith and uniting with Jesus Christ. In the order of salvation this is the stage where the Word brings the sinner to repentance.
This article addresses a number of acts that men may mistake for conversion. It shows that conversion is not taking upon us the profession of Christianity by mouth, putting on the badge of Christ in baptism, practicing moral righteousness, or external conformity to the rules of piety. Conversion is not the same as conviction.
When Zacchaeus the tax collector was converted, he vowed to give back fourfold to anyone he had defrauded. Here is a fictitious conversation he might have had when returning the money. This story serves to show how God works to rid us of our individual idols.
It may surprise some to find that the word "conversion" does not appear in the Westminster Confession or Catechisms. But the verb "convert" does appear in the chapter on free will: "When God converts a sinner...". The words "convert" and "conversion" are equally rare in the Bible. Even though the word itself may be rare in the scriptures, the reality of a new life in which people turn to God and away from a sinful life, is not foreign at all.
In detail, the author discusses the subject of repentance and includes in the discussion the necessity, nature, implications, and fruits of repentance.