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“Last week we began this whole thing of responding to God by saying that. That’s exactly how it starts. With this idea of I put my belief – I believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But it is not all that kind of belief. In fact we said that really that word belief culturally for us to understand it. It would be better if we would substitute the word trust that what the Bible is asking us to do is to trust in Jesus. That Jesus is God in the flesh. He came to make a way to pay for our sins. And that he proved that was true by raising from the dead. And that when we trust in him. That’s the first part of responding to God’s grace. That we begin to follow him and as we follow him our life begins to change.
Which leads us to the second part of this thing of responding to God. What it means to be a follower of Jesus is that as I trust him there is a second word that comes in. And this word as well is one that often is so widely misunderstood. In our culture it’s the word repentance.
Literally what repentance means is I changed direction. Repentance literally in our terms. I am driving north. I repent. And I turn around and go south. In terms of putting my trust in Jesus it means I have a brand new leader. I no longer lead my life. I have a brand new compass. I have something else that’s setting the direction of my life. It’s not me. It’s not my old habits. It’s a brand new compass that leads and directs my life.
I have decided I am following Jesus. I am no longer following me. In fact one of the very first times after Jesus resurrection one of his followers stands up to teach what it means to follow Jesus. He says this:
Repent, then, and turn to god, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19”
To hear the full message from senior pastor Ed Martin click the video below.