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There is no BIRTH into the Kingdom without hearing the call to salvation, renouncing and turning from one’s sin to Jesus (Acts 3:9). There is no GROWTH in the Kingdom without obedience/submission to Jesus and a childlike responsiveness as a disciple, yielding to the teachings of God’s Word (James 1:22 25). There is no increase of FRUIT as a believer without willingness to be shaped, corrected, led and guided by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:30). Repentance is directly related to our transformation as we acknowledge the truth of the Word and see ourselves in comparison to it. We should never think that admitting and repenting of our sins is a negative thing. It is a happy day when sin leaves our life. It opens the door to change, growth, and fruitfulness.

Our birth, growth, and bearing fruit all involve repentance. It is not just for the lost sinner but also for the sinning saint. Some believe once we are saved, once we reach a certain level of maturity, we will never need repentance. This may surprise you but older saints can still sin and mature saints still need to change and be transformed. Repentance is an ongoing process in our lives because it implies:

1. Renunciation/reversal of a former attitude/action.
2. Submission and teach-ability.
3. Continual shape-ability and willingness to change.

As long as we are growing and bearing fruit in our lives we will be involved with these things and repenting.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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