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1. What does the word "Gospel" mean and why is it important?
The word "Gospel" means "good news" and it is speaking of the good news of Jesus Christ, that He came to save sinners, you and me, which restored our relationship with the Father. We have been set free from our sins, because of what Christ has done. A great definition of the Gospel is found in I Corinthians 15:1-4, which reads "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you-- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."
2. What does the word "repent" mean?
It comes from the Greek word "METANOIA" which speaks of a change of mind. You see, you need to recognize that you are a sinner separated from God and you can do nothing to change that on your own. All you can do is turn to God and fall upon His grace and mercy that He has extended to you through Jesus Christ. You see, the idea is you are moving away from God and you recognize that fact, do a 180 degree turn back to Him. That is what repentance is all about, a change in the way you were going, down a path that lead to death and destruction.
3. Look up the following verses that deal with repentance and expound or explain what some of the signs of a person who has repented are.
A. MATTHEW 3:8
John the baptist is speaking of a change in the way we are living, a reformation of our life. We were living in sin, and now we have come to Christ and our desire is to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Your life should reflect your words or they are empty.
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B. LUKE 19:8
For Zacchaeus he was a tax collector, and he ripped off the people to make himself rich. And the people despised him for what he did to them. But as he comes to Christ his life is changed. He now wants to repay those people he took advantage of. He wants to help those in need, the poor.
C. II CORINTHIANS 7:9-10
Jails are filled with people that are sorry, not for what they have done, but that they got caught. That is not what Paul is speaking of. He is speaking of true repentance, that you are truly sorry for your sins, and you recognize that there is nothing you can do about it, except come to Christ. That is a sorrow that leads us to repent, to get right with God. The sorrow of the world leads to death because it has done nothing to their heart, only a sorrow that is sorry they got caught.
4. When Jesus called His disciples, how did they know about Him?
They heard Jesus ministering in the region of Galilee, and the words that Jesus spoke were working on their heart, so that as He called them, they followed Him.