A Sermon on Acts 3:19
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, (ESV)
Peter addresses the crowds in Jerusalem in Acts 3 with the very same drive that all sermons should have: repent! Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones addresses Peter’s words in this passage not from a theoretical standpoint, but as a practical step that should occur at the end of every message that is shared about the Gospel. The Doctor describes repentance as a ‘thinking again’ on what one may think they know to be true. At the heart of every man is wickedness and prejudiced thinking, yet the inerrant Word of God calls each and every listener to think again about who God is and who man is in relation to God! One’s own intellect drives one’s emotions and by extension, their actions. Because of the worldly intellect within man, repentance requires man to think again about what man is convinced in his intellect he knows. In order for a man to truly change his ways and turn away from sin, he must allow for the possibility that his intellect may be wrong and look to the Bible for his knowledge to change, to change his attitude from one of pride to one of humble submission to God, and to turn away from his own flesh and the world. This is true repentance.