Session 8: Repentance, Forgiveness & Obedience

REPENTANCE, FORGIVENESS & OBEDIENCE

 
 

Preparation

In preparation for this week’s D-Group:
Memorize and Meditate on 
 

Read/Watch:

 

What is Repentance, Forgiveness & Obedience?

REPENTANCE: The New Testament Greek word metanoia which often is translated in English as repentance literally means “to change the mind.” Repentance is sorrow for sin and turning away from sins.  Because repentance is a gift, therefore, sorrow for sin is also a gift, and thus turning away from sin is also a gift. (Acts 5:31). Thus, we do not change our lives in order to come to Christ.  We come to Him just as we are, and He changes our lives (John 6:37). God gives us repentance before He gives us forgiveness (Acts 3:19).
 
FORGIVENESS: God’s forgiveness is not limited, but our acceptance of His forgiveness is. (Matthew 18:21-22). Thus, those who are forgiven much will love much. Those who love much will obey much (Luke 7:41-43; John 14:15). The only known sin that cannot be forgiven is the one for which we don’t repent and ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9). 
 
OBEDIENCE: Thus, true spiritual obedience comes from the inside out, not just shown from the outside (Matthew 23:25-26).  Therefore, a transformed disciple’s obedience is natural and spontaneous and it comes only through the loving-faith relationship with Christ (John 14:15).
 
 

Accountability (10 Minutes)

Each disciple to share one insight or lesson learned from his/her devotion in the last week.
When you get to heaven, what is one question you will ask God?
 
 

Bible Discussion (20 Minutes)

1. Psalm 51 by King David expressed his wrongs and regrets toward God. What can you learn from David’s repentance of sins? What about the consequences of his sins?
 
2. In 1 John 1:9, why is it the confession of our sins must happen before God forgives us? Share your insights for this text.
 
3. In John 14:15, what is the context of keeping the commands of God? Why is it so important and significant for the life of a disciple?
 
 

Life Transformation (20 Minutes)

1. What are the sins you are harboring that you need to repent, to feel sorrowful and to turn away from?
 
2. Is there anyone that you need to ask for forgiveness from? Would you be willing to ask for forgiveness now?
 
3. Share with the group how do you ensure your obedience to Jesus Christ comes from a changed heart, and not based on external pressure and markers?
 
 

Intercessory Prayer (10 Minutes)

  1. Holy Spirit to impress you to repent
  2. Power to forgive those who hurt you
  3. To be obedient to God’s teaching
 
 

LEADERS’ TIP

  • Emphasize cherished sins in the life of the believers often rendered his spiritual influence powerless. Worst, known and cherished unconfessed sins will further create a wall between the disciple and Jesus.  
  • Encourage each group member to specifically verbalize his sins and to seek the power of God to repent; to seek for God’s forgiveness and to live a Christian life of holy obedience.
  • Demonstrate personal brokenness and vulnerability so that it opens the door for other members to do likewise. It’s good to ask each member to update their “sins” periodically so that other members can intercede for each other in prayer that the cleansing blood of Jesus will wipe away all sins.  
  • Bottom line: the disciple must stay close to Jesus and held accountable to the d-group for continual spiritual development.
 

**Additional Resources

  1. What does it mean to be a Seventh-day Adventist?
  2. The Power of Forgiveness by Ellen White