The bottom line: A succinct, focused, and highly beneficial synopsis of a key concept of the Christian faith.
At the core of the Christian’s life lies a repentant heart. Hence, having a strong Biblical understanding of this foundational concept is crucial in the walk of any believer. What is Repentance? succinctly illustrates this basic idea, and the author particularly highlights how regeneration, faith, and repentance are inextricably linked.
The first chapter (What Is Repentance?) of this booklet describes exactly what repentance is. It is much more than saying, “I’m sorry” and involves distress and dismay over what was done along with the mental and emotional determination to change one’s ways. “A Picture of Repentance” looks at different Old Testament prophetic examples of genuine repentance (conversion). It becomes clear that repentance is more than an act but a deep inward change which animates external behavior change. “A Model of Repentance” looks at the repentant heart of King David as he writes Psalm 51, a classic psalm of repentance. “Regeneration and Repentance” clarifies that repentance is not something that I can do by myself. It only becomes possible after someone has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and therefore empowered by God to do His will. As the author explains, genuine faith and genuine repentance go hand-in-hand. One cannot have one without the other.
What is Repentance? is part of the Crucial Questions booklet series. The series offers Biblically sound answers to practical, real-life questions about the everyday Christian experience.
Without a doubt, the series is very informative and a worthwhile resource. Each selection in this volume tends to be less than 100 pages so you can get through a booklet in an afternoon. Furthermore, the fact that all of them are available for free (Kindle versions) is just icing on the cake. This is excellent for anyone who seeks to know more about repentance, and will provide valuable information to Sunday school teachers, Christian educators, and Bible students.