“Preacher, can I please be saved?” the little six-year-old boy asked me during the invitation after yesterday’s sermon.
I instructed him to have a seat on the front pew and I told him I would talk to him after the service. When everyone was gone, he and his mother joined me in my office where I had the privilege of showing him the truth of the gospel and leading him to Christ.
As he called on the Lord to save him, he reached a point in his prayer where he said, “Jesus, I want to stop doing bad things and start doing good things.” I was not asking him to “repeat after me” or anything else. This was what was in his heart as he asked God for the gift of salvation.
With all of the debates and definitions that surround the word “repentance”, I must say that this is about as clear and biblical a definition as one will find.