WEEK/TERM: THIRD TERM/WEEK 4
CLASS: J.S.S 1
SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE
TOPIC: THE MEANING AND NEED FOR REPENTANCE
REFERENCE: The Holy Bible /Charlie religious studies
The meaning of repentance: – Repentance is the act of turning away from evil to God. From the above definition, repentance has two sides i.e turning away from evil and turning to God. This is the kind of repentance that brings salvation.
However, there are people who turn away from evil but do not turn to God. This group of people are ‘MORALISTS’ like the Pharisees, they boast of their works of righteousness. Before a person can turn away from evil to God, he must feel really sorry for his past evil acts. Confession should involve the determination of not going back to our past wrong actions.
The need for repentance
All men are born sinners. The Bible says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).
The sin of Adam and Eve affected the whole human race.
Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men.
The reason we will inherit. The sin of Adam and Eve is that they were representative of the whole human race and also our first parents.
Apart from the sin we inherited from Adam and Eve; there are also personal sins. These are the ones we commit daily. Such sins include: stealing, killing, cultism, prostitution, examination malpractice, deceit etc
A sinner has no fellowship or relationship with God because God is Holy.
Therefore, to maintain a close relationship with God and escape from the captivity of sin and its consequences we need to turn to God in true repentance.
Explain the need for repentance.