THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2016
Key Bible Verse: From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17, ESV)
Dig Deeper: Ephesians 2:1-10
To understand how to become a disciple of Jesus Christ, it makes most sense to start where Jesus started. While it is true he said to the disciples, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19, ESV), the Bible records one message he proclaimed before that. In [today’s Key Bible Verse], Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
The word repent means “to turn”. It has the idea of changing directions and heading the opposite way. In [Matthew 4:17], Jesus was telling people to prepare themselves – to change whatever needed to be changed – because God’s kingdom (the kingdom of heaven) was approaching.
So how do we prepare to face this heavenly kingdom? Jesus said we need to repent. Our repentance [includes turning] from believing that there’s anything we can do to save ourselves – for everything was accomplished by Jesus Christ.
Read [today’s Dig Deeper] carefully and take some time to consider the truths it presents. Do you trust in the death of Christ for your salvation? Do you ever struggle with believing you need to do something to be saved?
– Francis Chan in Multiply
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