What Confession and Repentance Involve

Confession and repentance involve:

  1. real acknowledgment of the offense
  2. remorse (beyond “I’m sorry I got caught”) for the pain it caused
  3. restitution where appropriate
  4. renewal of character and lifestyle.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 170

Forgiveness Means Surrendering Our Rights

Forgiveness means that no matter how much we may have been hurt by other’s sin, we give up our right to hurt them back.  We love them and seek their best.  Forgiveness does not mean that we ignore their sin.  Neither does it mean we act like the sin never happened and go on in trusting relationship with the offender.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 187

Just to be Clear

To be absolutely clear, the people who make up the church must have a living connection to the true Jesus rather than to one of the many popular idols that litter our cultural landscape under the name of “God” or even “Jesus.”  The real Jesus is the virgin-born incarnation of the second person of the Trinity, the Word come in flesh and the gift given to the church.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 9

Not Now, Not Ever

Someday, at the return of the Lord Jesus, the world will be made new.  The kingdom of God will come fully.  Jesus himself will be the great all-satisfying Treasure in that new and beautiful earth.  But not everyone will enjoy it (John 3:3).  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).  Until we come to him, we will not have life.  Not now. Not ever.  God gives eternal life, and this life is in his Son (I John 5:11). 

– John Piper, Finally Alive, Christian Focus Publishers, copyright 2009, page 192