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​​​By Don Krow   Some people have a misunderstanding of what repentance is. Repentance is not perfection but a change in direction. We’re going to talk about the parable of the prodigal son, or the lost son. Jesus is telling a story that perfectly illustrates what it means for an individual to repent. In Luke 15:11-12 Jesus said, “And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.” To read the full lesson text click here. To complete this course, watch the video below and then work through the question and answer section.


1.  Define Repentance.

2.  Read Luke 13:1-5. What must one do in order not to perish?

3.  Read 2 Peter 3:9. What is God’s desire for all people?

4.  Read Luke 16:19-31. In Luke 16:28, why did the rich man want someone to come back from the dead and speak to his brothers?

5.  Read Luke 16:30. What must these brothers do in order to avoid this place of torment (hell)?

6.  Read Acts 26:18. Although it doesn’t specifically say, this verse is talking about repentance. What will happen to those who repent?

7.  Read Acts 26:20. In the last part of this verse, three things are stated that the Gentiles should do. What are these three things?

 8.  Read Matthew 7:21-23. What did Jesus say these people practiced instead of the will of God?

9.  What does this show you about the importance of true repentance versus lip service toward God?

10.  Read Isaiah 55:7. What must the wicked do?

11.  What two things must the unrighteous do?

12.  What will God do for the person who does those things stated above?

13.  Read Luke 15:7. What is heaven’s reaction to one sinner who repents?

14.  Read Acts 3:19. If you repent and are converted, what will happen to your sins? 


​1.  Repentence is:

(A) An “about face” to a new commitment.

(B) A change of mind.

(C) A change of heart that results in one turning to God, from one’s old ways to God’s ways.

(D) A change of direction, not perfection.

(E) To make a decision that changes the total direction of one’s life.

(F) Turning from old ways and totally committing to God and His ways.

(G) Turning to a Person, to God through Jesus Christ.

2.  Repent.

3.  That all come to repentance.

4.  So that they could avoid coming to this place of torment.

5.  They must repent.

6.  Those who repent will:

A) Have their eyes opened.

(B) Turn from darkness to light.

(C) Turn from power of Satan to God.

(D) Receive forgiveness of sins.

(E) Receive inheritance.

7.  The three things are:

(A) Repent.

(B) Turn to God.

(C) Prove their repentance by their deeds.

8.  Iniquity or lawlessness.

9.  Salvation is from the heart, not lip service.

10.  Forsake their way.

11.  Forsake their thoughts and return to the Lord.

12.  Have mercy and pardon abundantly.

13.  There is rejoicing in heaven.

14.  My sins will be blotted out.

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