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Do Your First Work

Can a sinner consecrate his life to God? Yes, but not while he remains a sinner. Consecration is not the first step of the Christian life. To do your first work as a Christian is to repent. Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He didn't say, “Consecrate yourself.” He said,...

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What Is Repentance?

When Jesus preached, he said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Because repentance is the way that you enter the kingdom of God, it's essential to understand the command. So what is repentance? First, repentance is not feeling remorse because of the consequences of your sin. Repentance isn't conviction. It isn't an...

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Enrolled in the School of the Holy Spirit?

John writes, “Brethren, I am not writing a new commandment to you that never previously existed, but an old commandment which you were having from a beginning…On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you that never previously existed, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing...

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The Common Gospel

Has anyone ever told you that following Jesus requires you to give up all of your hopes, dreams, and life to Jesus Christ? If this offends you, it's because you have never dealt honestly with your love of sin and rebelliousness. You must leave behind the sentimental, powerless gospel of the modern church that says...