August 12, 2018 Morning Service
Delivered By
Dr Tom Hover
Delivered On
August 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Acts 17:30 
Real Repentance

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Real Repentance

Acts 17:30  “And the times of this ignorance God  winked at;  but  now  commandeth  all men   every where to repent.” 

Introduction:  The Apostle Paul is preaching on top of Mars Hill which was known for all of its statues to just about every pagan god imaginable. On top of Mars Hill  they even had a statue erected to the unknown god. Paul preached unto them Jesus Christ, and he went on to say: “And times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.”  In Scotland there is a ruined tower known as the Tower of Repentance. A skeptic passed by it one day, and seeing a shepherd-boy reading his Bible, scoffingly asked, “Can you tell me the way to heaven?” Instantly, the lad replied, “By way of yonder Tower!” This is very true, Salvation depends on this word Repentance.  Acts 20:21  “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” So we see according to God’s Word that it is very important for preachers to preach repentance, and that we understand and know what it means to repent.


Repentance was preached and is preached by God’s true preachers today.  Note: The preachers of yesteryear preached repentance toward God.

A.) John The Baptist       

Matthew 3:1-2 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,” 

2 “And saying, Repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

John the Baptist with his plain and clear message of repentance, made lost and backsliden people very uncomfortable. John the Baptist was a -tell it like it really is-  preacher. Examples of this remind us what he told the Sadducees (Matthew 3:7-8, Luke 3:7-8) and old king Herod (Matthew 14:3-4).

B.) Jesus Christ My Lord     

Mark 1:14-15 “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,”  verse 15  “And saying, the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is a hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”   Jesus double - stressed the need of repentance in: Luke 13: 3 and 5    “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.”  verse 5 again He says: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.”    Most want a you tickle me and tell me how good I am sermon; however, our Lord Jesus preached repentance from a heart full of love. “Repent or Perish.” 

C.) The Apostle Peter    Acts 3:19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.”

D.) The Apostle Paul         

Acts 17:30 “And times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.”  

E.) All God Fearing Preachers Today Preach Repentance             

Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”


A.) Feeling Sorry,  Regret Or Remorseful 

Some feel sorry just because they got caught. Some feel sorry just because of the consequences that follow their sin.  Example: Judas who betrayed Jesus after seeing “that he was condemned,” (John 3:18)  in Matthew 27:3-5 says Judas “repented himself,” Note that the word repentance in verse 3 of Matthew 27  comes from a Greek word “ Metamelomai” which means to regret , to have dissatisfaction,, or to feel sorry. So Judas never really repented. He was feeling sorry that he betrayed The Innocent blood - so much that he hanged himself.  Godly sorrow worketh repentance but is not repentance itself.  

II Corinthians 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”

B.) Fear Or Feeling Alarm  Many fear Punishment, Hell, God, Judgement Day, The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ, The End of the world, etc.,  etc..  Fearing is not repentance. 

C.) Penance Or Any Kind Of Self-imposed Suffering 

Hebrews 10:11 “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sin.” 

D.) Conviction Or Recognition Of Sin  A preacher may preach God’s Word, and the Holy Spirit may even bring conviction and recognition of your sin, but that in itself is not repentance.  Example: King Agrippa under conviction without repentance. Acts 26:28   “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest  me to be a Christian.”  ExamplesPharaoh said; I have sinned; yet, he hardened his heart. Balaam said’ I have sinned; yet, he still became a preacher of money.  King Saul said; I have sinned; yet, he still sought to kill David. Judas said; I have sinned; yet, he to never repented.

E.) Promising Or Resolving To Do Better

Repentance is not a resolution. It is not promising God or anyone that you are going to change or turn over a new leaf.

F.) Some Emotional Experience

Repentance may cause one to cry, but repentance itself is not tears.  

Hebrews 12:16-17     “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.” 

verse 17  “For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”  SONG: Rock of Ages verse two says; “Could my tears forever flow, could my zeal no languor know. These for sin could not Atone; Thou must save, and Thou alone;” 

Repentance may cause you to be emotional, but repentance is not just being emotional in some way.

III. REPENTANCE IS: If repentance is not these things, then what is repentance?

A.) The Etymology Of The Word Repentance

The Latin word = Penitire is the word from where we get our English word repentance.  Re = again, Pent = to turn, Ance = being. Repentance  means a turning again.  

The Greek Word Metanoeo, Meta Again, Noeo = The mind to change the thinking. True repentance is admitting that what God says is true, and because it is true, it changes our mind about our sins and about the Saviour.

B.) Repentance Means Change

You cannot have real repentance without change.

1. A Change Of Mind  a. Toward God - Love, instead of slavish fear.  b. Toward Christ - Faith, instead of doubt.  c. Toward Sin - Hate, instead of delight. d. Toward self - Loathing, repulsive, disgusting, instead of pride, Christ first not me.

2. A Change Of Heart         Your heart is not in the things it once was in. Instead of loving sin, you have now set your affections and love on things above. 

Ezekiel 18:31 “New heart and a new spirit”

3. A Change Of Life By our new righteous way of life, we show our repentance to be real and true. For repentance to be real, you will have a change of mind, heart, and life.  True repentance involves the whole person. The word “repent” means to change your mind. David had to come to the place where he changed his mind about his sin, about himself, and about God. Repentance begins in the mind, and then it moves into the heart. We feel then it moves into the the whole person.  We feel deeply the awfulness of what we have done. David said, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight” (Psalm 51:4).  All sin is against God. When we sin against man, we are sinning against God because man is made in the image of God. It is not only that we bring trial and trouble to people; we break the Holy law of God and sin against His love and grace.   Poem:

“Tis not enough to say, - I’m sorry and repent,

And then go on from day to day - Just as we always went.

Repentance is to leave - The sins we loved before,

And show that we in earnest grieve - By doing them no more.

4. A Change Of Environment  II Chronicles 7:14  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 

C.) The 90 Men In A Marshal’s Den Poem:  Repentance Poem 

I am going to Preach,

And I’ll try to teach,

To the 90 men in here.

In the midst of a violent storm raging outside;

Of the words of love,

From the throne above,

And his voice rang loud and clear.


I preach to you,

Of a Saviour true,

And a happy home on high.

Where the angels dwell,

And of all saved from Hell,

And the righteous never die.

And he prayed a prayer,

In the prison there,

As the 90 bowed their heads.

The bold Choctaw,

And the Chickasaw,

The Whites, the Blacks,

And the Reds.


He prayed for the chief,

With his unbelief,

For the dark highwaymen bold.

For the robber too,

And the bandit crew,

For the criminals young and old.

Then he sang an hymn,

In the prison grim.

He sang turn, sinner, turn.

It’s not too late,

To reach God’s gate,

While the lamp pulled out to burn.

Then from his bed,

`Tween the Black and the Red,

Uprose an outlaw bold.

With trembling steps,

To the Parson crept,

All shivering as with cold.


And a vicious flash,

Of the lightenings crashed,

Showed his features pale and stern.

As he bowed his head,

And slowly said,

I am resolved to turn.

And it seemed to me,

I shall never see,

A scene so great, so grand.

As the White and the Red,

On their blankets bed,

Around that Christian one did stand.


While the night came down, 

Like a silvery crown,

And the promise gave to all,

For the 90 men,

In the marshal’s den,

Heard only the Saviour’s call.


E.) Examples Of True Repentance:

1. After repentance you will shun sin and shine for Jesus.  2. A Total Change.     A 90 degree turn to God and His Way.

Ezekiel 33:11  “Say unto them, As I live, said the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: Turn ye, Turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” 

(a.) Matthew 21:28-32 The parable of the two sons.  (b.) Jonah 3:4-10 Nineveh repents, Jesus said in, Matthew 12:41  “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” 

(c.) II Kings 5:1-15 Naaman had to change( to turn) to have his leprosy healed.

3.  A New Life     Repentance is a new - Direction, dedication, destiny, determination, delight, duty, way of life, love, and joy.  A definite difference about your whole being. 

Invitation:   Backsliden Saint and Lost Sinner, God is waiting for you to turn and repent and ask for forgiveness so you can start life anew.    

Luke 15:10  “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”  

Ezekiel 33:11  “Turn ye, Turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die,..”       You may can say: “I have said no to Jesus, and No to the preacher, but now I have changed, I have turned, I have repented. Turn ye, turn ye for why will ye die when the Crimson Blood of our dear Savour Jesus Christ is so near.

Dr. Tom Hover 

Eastside Missionary Baptist Church

325 South Crossover, Fayetteville AR 72701 


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