- Not converts, disciples.
- Not simply knowing His commands, but obeying them.
- Not part of His teachings, but everything.
Unless we help people understand sin, they won't fully understand God's sacrificial love and His undeserved grace. Acknowledging and repenting of sin is the first step in becoming a disciple. Without it, a person is merely a shallow convert.
If we want to learn the Biblical focus on sin, we can pull out a concordance and see how many times Christ said "Repent!" (e.g. Matthew 4:17).
In fact, Jesus summed up the Gospel as preaching "repentance for the forgiveness of sins" (Luke 24:44-49).
So let's make sure that when we're teaching others, we teach it all.
"Repent" in the New Testament