Main Theme: Repentance is turning away from self and towards God’s love.
Read Together Deuteronomy 4:25-31. Discuss the important point of this passage.
Study: What warning is given in this passage? What hope is given in this passage?
Apply: What circumstances in your life have caused you to seek God? How did you find Him?
Share: At Thanksgiving dinner your cousin pulls you aside, and tells you he has fallen back into drugs for the umpteenth time. He wants to return to God like he was brought up, but he feels like its hopeless at this point. What Scripture or experiences of your own can you share to encourage your cousin?
Read Together Deuteronomy 5:22-29. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: What does it mean that the word translated as “Oh” comes from “mi-yitten”? See Sunday’s lesson for hints.
Apply: What choices in your daily life do you need to make in order for God’s desires for you to become reality?
Share: Your neighbor claims that God has already decided who will be saved and who will be lost. We are all predestined. How does Deuteronomy 5:22-29 prove his theory untrue?
Read Together Matthew 3:1-8. Define the main idea of this passage.
Study: How is John’s message similar to the message of Deuteronomy?
Apply: John the Baptist tells the people to show sincere repentance. How did Zacchaeus demonstrate sincere repentance in Luke 19:1-10?
Share: Your coworker complains to you over lunch that her pastor won’t baptize her while she is living with her boyfriend. She says, “no one is perfect, so what’s the big deal about me getting baptized while sleeping with a man I’m not married to?” Do you side with her or her pastor? Why?
Study: What was Jesus asking the people to repent from when he said “Believe the Gospel?” As you examine Acts Chapter 2, what was Peter asking the people to repent from? Specific sins or their overall attitude of unbelief that Jesus was Messiah and Savior?
Apply: How does baptism by immersion demonstrate repentance? See Romans 6:3-6.
Share: At Thanksgiving dinner your nephew asks you what made you turn to God? What do you share with him?