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The Grace of Repentance (Today's Issues (Wheaton, Ill.).)

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When an unknown monk posted a placard of theological points on a church door, he did not know that he would cause a spiritual revolution that would still affect us hundreds of years later. But at the heart of the Reformation lay Martin Luther's great discovery, and a challenge that is still needed today: Repentance is not the action of a single moment, but a characteristic ...more
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Published February 16th 2000 by Crossway Books
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Wade
Dec 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a helpful book defining the Biblical doctrine of repentance. Ferguson points out that all of life is repentance. It is not healthy (or Biblical) to think of one’s conversion as, “That is when I repented (singular, past-tense action) and became a Christian.” But rather, a Christian needs to see his or her entire Christian life as a life of repentance. The latter half of the book is about the church not preaching Biblical repentance today; Ferguson shows how the modern church (much like th ...more
Brent Osterberg
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The subject of repentance is a sorely neglected one in evangelical publication. In our biblical counseling ministry I have been looking for a go-to book on the topic and had come up dry until someone pointed me to this little work. Ferguson addresses reasons why we have neglected repentance in our churches and uses texts like Psalm 51 to help the reader understand the continuing role of repentance in the life of the believer. My only criticism is that he did not give more practical counsel for p ...more
Brandon Hall
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This quite possibly could be one of my top books of all time. It is a very short and easy read but with that said it does not lack on content or impact on the life. Ferguson works through how repentance is a continual and daily process not a one time event. With that he also sheds light on the misguided view of repentance and how penance and altar calls are one in the same. I would recommend this to any evangelical, or Christian for that matter, as it was a wealth of information but also vital t ...more
Tim Soper
I suspect that I might be allowing my own theology to bias my review so please take that into account. That said, I was disappointed that the author chose to explain repentance from the "negative" perspective of a turning from sin rather than the "positive" of turning to God.

Additionally, about a 1/4 of the book was a commentary on the sad state of modern Christianity. I bought the the book for commentary but would have preferred to have seen those pages used to drill down further into repentan
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Seth Channell
The book contains solid teaching, but it did not go as deep as I expected.
Lydiaynab
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great little book on repentance with plenty if Biblical and historical references. I found it to be very convicting, which is helpful to me in my Christian walk.
Faire
Oct 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought the book because I wanted to learn more about repentance. The beginning was good indeed - few quotes introducing us to Luther and his views of repentance in contrast with the practice of selling pennants, and then a case study of David and his repentance for the murder he committed. So far, so good - that is something that does edify me.

Chapter three however reveals, that this book is in fact not about repentance. It is about modern evangelicalism and all the things that are wrong about
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Faire
Oct 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: awful, christian
I bought the book because I wanted to learn more about repentance. The beginning was good indeed - few quotes introducing us to Luther and his views of repentance in contrast with the practice of selling pennants, and then a case study of David and his repentance for the murder he committed. So far, so good - that is something that does edify me.

Chapter three however reveals, that this book is in fact not about repentance. It is about modern evangelicalism and all the things that are wrong about
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J.E. Jr.
Sinclair Ferguson is always a good read, and I’ve yet to read anything by him that a) I didn’t take a good bit from, and b) I disagreed with entirely.

Yet, this one disappointed in ways that usually his writings don’t. First, he includes an excursus on the problems of televangelistic/prosperity-gospel preaching that, while interesting, seems a bit too off-topic to really fit the book. I can sort of see where he’s coming from there (in terms of how it ties in to his thesis on repentance), but he d
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Jeanie
There is grace in repentance. A very clear understanding of what repentance is and what it is not. The spirit of repentance is created by a sense of who God is and by an awareness of the true character of sin. It is a God-centered response, indeed the beginning of true God-centeredness. Turning away from sin and turning back to God belong together. (page 17). There is a difference of a self-centered repentance such as what Judas had and God-centered such as what Peter had. It makes all the diffe ...more
Kelly Dunn
Ferguson correctly identified the reason of the sad state of the western Evengelical church. Confessing Christians have forgotten how critical REPENTANCE is in our everyday life. In fact, early in this little book he shared Luther`s thoughts on repentance. Luther said that Christians need to live a life of continuous repentance. Ferguson states that for many confessing Christians repentance is a one time event. Ferguson uses David as a case study of what REAL repentance looks like.

On the last t
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Glenn
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
As other reviewers have noted, the book begins well by defining and advancing an Evangelical understanding of repentance. Ferguson continues by passionately and helpfully exegeting Psalm 51. I loved his insights particularly here. However, the book digresses into an attack on Charismatics, mega churches, and altar calls. The book should have concluded by giving examples of genuine repentance and a reminder of the power of God's forgiveness. However, it was not to be. Still a good read.
Mark A Powell
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
With typical power and precision, Ferguson unpacks the doctrine of repentance in this short booklet. While only providing a surface-level view of this key teaching, Ferguson does manage to expertly explain the Biblical meaning and significance of repentance, and why it is such a crucial component of genuine salvation. Instead of a one-time event, Ferguson points out that repentance is a life-long process of turning from sin and turning to God. Brief, but easy to recommend.
Rick Dugan
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent, short treatise on repentance that leaves one wanting to know more. He discusses the contemporary substitutes for repentance, and suggests that God's forgiveness is a far greater motivator to repent than fear. Repentance, as presented here, is attractive. It is the path to freedom and to God. Repentance is a life-long discipline as we grow in Christ-likeness.
Timothy
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short enough to read quickly, but packing a powerful theological punch today's church needs to receive. Calling for a return to the Bible, and coincidentally to the doctrine of the Reformation, Dr. Ferguson is both insightful and helpful; convicting and encouraging. Highly recommended!
William M. Ham
A welcome refresher for our churches and hearts.

Great read. Made my heart long to repent and rest in Christ more. Sinclair Ferguson is a gift of grace to the church.
Austin Mcgrath
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great, inspiring quick read by Ferguson.
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"... at the heart of the Reformation lay Martin Luther's great discovery, and a challenge that is still needed today: Repentance is not the action of a single moment, but a characteristic of a Christian's entire life.

Sinclair Ferguson looks at the biblical definition of repentance, how some modern churches are repeating medieval errors, and the necessity of reformation. Whereas current teaching often belittles repentance, Ferguson believes that not only is it essential for salvation, it is the c
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Sinclair B. Ferguson is Associate Preacher at St Peter's Free Church in Dundee and also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina and prior to that, he was minister of St. George's-Tron Church in Glasgow.
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“Biblical repentance, then, is not merely a sense of regret that leaves us where it found us. It is a radical reversal that takes us back along the road of our sinful wanderings, creating in us a completely different mind-set. We come to our senses spiritually (Luke 15:17). Thus the prodigal son’s life was no longer characterized by the demand “give me” (v. 12) but now by the request “make me . . .” (v. 19). This lies on the surface of the New Testament’s teaching. Regret there will be, but the heart of repentance is the lifelong moral and spiritual turnaround of our lives as we submit to the Lord.” 0 likes
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