Lead me in your truth and teach me for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psalm 25 verse 5

Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will He instruct in the way that he should choose.

Psalm 25 verse 12

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 32 verse 8

Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Psalm 51 verse 6

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

Psalm 86 verse 11

Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law.

Psalm 94 verse 12

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good spirit lead me on level ground.

Psalm 143 verse 10

All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace.            

Isaiah chapter 54 verse 13

Jesus said: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew chapter 11 verse 29

Jesus said: It is written in the prophets, "And they shall all be taught by God". Therefore, everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.

John chapter 6 verse 45

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Repentance - Introduction

A young woman saying 'Sorry' to God In this lesson I want to deal with the primary entry-point into the Kingdom of God. If we miss this one, then our entry is barred. There is no way around this. There are no short-cuts. There are no alternatives. This primary gateway is the gateway called repentance.

The Christian life is characterised by change. It is impossible to become a Christian without changing. Becoming a Christian is not about getting a ticket to Heaven when you die; it's about becoming a different person here and now, and learning to fit in with the plans and purposes of God. It's about ceasing to live for me and mine and beginning to live for Him and His. It's about moving out of self-centredness and into Christ-centredness. It's about a whole new way of looking at the world, at human life in general, and at your own life in particular.

For many people, being a Christian is about being an honest, upstanding, law-abiding citizen, attending church regularly, doing good works, and being a respected member of society. These are all very important, and the Christian life would be something of a sham without them; but it has to be said that there is something deeper, something closer to the heart, that we need to address if we are to understand fully what it means to be a Christian. There are many people who do all of these things, and yet are not qualified to be called a Christian in the way that the word is used in the Bible. On the other hand, there are those who have only recently started out on the path of Christ, who are Christians according to the Biblical definition, yet who do not yet measure up to the lifestyle described above.

If we are to understand repentance, which is the solution to our problem, then we must first have an understanding of the problem itself. The problem, the blockage, the thing that bars our way into the Kingdom of God, is called "sin". So, what is sin, and why is it such an issue with God?

Go on to "1. Why do we Need to Repent?"