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Posted 11/1/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Leads to True Repentance?

What leads to true repentance in the life of an individual?

David Eddy explains in this video that real repentance requires the work of the Holy Spirit. The Reformers taught that man is wrong, in sin, and is spiritually dead. This contradicted the belief that man was basically good or neutral. 

God uses different ways to bring about repentance. Sometimes, He uses a friend to come alongside you, open up Scripture, and rebuke you. Ultimately, it takes a work of God to change the heart for the heart indeed is "desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9). 

Jeremiah 13:23 (NKJV) – “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.” 

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Watch the video here: What Leads to True Repentance?

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 10/31/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Who Is Qualified to be a Reformer?

Who is qualified to be a reformer?

Anthony Mathenia explains in this video that any believer can be a reformer. A Christian, whether young or old, who has been changed as a result of regeneration and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God has a role to play in the reformation that is ongoing even today. All Christians ought to be prayerfully seeking to reform their own families, churches, and lives. 

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

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Watch the video here: Who Is Qualified to be a Reformer?

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 10/30/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Does a Heart for Repentance in a Church Look Like?

How should a church be working to reform itself according to Scripture?

Gary Powers explains in this video that when a church begins the process of reformation, they begin to examine different aspects of the church service. They ask questions such as: “Does this align with Scripture?” “Why are we doing this?” Sometimes, the things we do within the church are done merely because of tradition without contemplating whether they are in accord with Scripture.

There are basically two positions that we can take in regards to reformation. One position would put your preferences and desires first and demand that Scripture follow suit. The other position involves humbling yourself and submitting to the will of God found in Scripture.  

1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV) – “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”

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Watch the video here: What Does a Heart for Repentance in a Church Look Like?

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 10/29/17 at 8:01 AM | Scott Brown

Pictures from the 2017 National Conference

     

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 10/27/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Repentance Is Distinct from Good Works

What is the distinction between repentance and good works?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that repentance is distinct and separate from the idea of good works. Though repentance will generally bring about good works because of a changed life, it is not repentance itself. Rather, they are merely fruits of repentance and a changed life.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  

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Watch the video here: Repentance Is Distinct from Good Works

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 10/27/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Repentance: The Reformation Continues (Day 1)

In the first message of the conference, Scott Brown made it clear that repentance is a wonderful gift from God and is a gateway to joy. It manifests itself as a result of conversion and brings about a lifetime of increasing joy as the poisons of sin are drawn out through repentance. I believe this is why the early church father, Tertullian, said, "I was born for nothing but repentance." [1] 

He said that on a personal level, it has been a hard year - and helpful at the same time. Most men who preach find that what they are preaching about also falls hard on their souls. The Lord makes them walk through what they are preaching. Someone once called it, the sweet torture of preaching. It is sweet because it has a sweetening effect on your soul, but it can also be hard. Similarly, he found that spending the past year preparing for a Repentance Conference has been hard and sweet at the same time. It brought him unexpected opportunities to search his heart, see his sins and repent.

There will be messages on twenty-five Biblical texts on repentance.

These texts will unpack treasures from the Word of God. Scott said that he designed this conference to give a broad picture of repentance through various passages of scripture. He took those passages and assigned them to the speakers.

Almost all of the speakers are from churches which are part of the NCFIC Church network.

He prayed that we would all hear of the depth and the breath of God’s love found in His gift of repentance expressed in these texts from the Bible. Because He loves us so, He gives us a means of refreshment.

[1] Calvary Life Fellowship. Accessed October 12, 2017. http://calvarylifefellowship.com/sermons-pdf/T-truerepentance.pdf.

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 10/27/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

Can't Make it to This Year's Conference?

Join us live online for free by visiting our National Conference Livestream at ncfic.org/live! 

Each of our main sessions will be broadcast live and recorded for future playback. By registering for the live feed, you will also gain access to the saved videos which will be made available for 30 days following the conference.

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Watch the video here: Can't Make it to This Year's Conference?

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 10/26/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

The Distinction Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow

What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

Both worldly and godly sorrow could look the same on the outside. One could even shed tears and appear to be sorrowful but never truly repent. This sorrow would be rooted in the fact that they were found out or they feel guilty for what they have done. Worldly sorrow could bring about the shedding of tears but without a hunger for righteousness.

In the life of an individual who demonstrates worldly repentance, there is not a radical change that takes place. There is no stopping of what we’ve been doing and turning and going to Christ. 

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) – “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

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Watch the video here: The Distinction Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 10/25/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

What Makes a Person Repent?

What are the first movings of repentance in the heart of an unbeliever?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that a sinner doesn’t see the idolatry of their heart and the severity of their own sins. A person who is dead doesn’t know he is dead. The Spirit must come and breathe upon us and give them life so that they can see their sin and the offense that it is against a holy God.

Unbelievers begin to see God for who He is. The Spirit gives them a heart to see and Christ becomes precious to them. They see that they have offended God. These mark the first signs of repentance upon an unbeliever.

Ephesians 2:1-2 (NKJV) – “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.”

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Watch the video here: What Makes a Person Repent?

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

Posted 10/23/17 at 8:00 AM | Scott Brown

An Example Of False Repentance

What is an example of an individual displaying false repentance while claiming that he is truly repentant?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there was a young man who fell into the sin of fornication and was discovered in his sin. He came to the elders and made a confession of what he had been involved in. There were many tears and this man demonstrated extreme sorrow and anguish while he met with the elders of the church. There was a stated desire to walk with Christ and to honor him.

But, the evidence of his repentance, him breaking off his relationship with the girl, never happened. In time, it became clear that he was merely manifesting a worldly sorrow. He was sorrowful for the shame that he brought on his parents and sorry for the grief that he brought to his congregation, but it was all worldly sorrow. He was ultimately excommunicated and is still living in sin. Tears and words can be deceiving. 

Hebrews 10:29 (NKJV) – “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?”

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Watch the video here: An Example Of False Repentance

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Please consider coming to our national conference: Repentance - The Reformation Continues - October 26-28 in Asheville NC.

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