if you have ever had the unpleasant experience of taking a large gulp of lemonade when someone did not put in enough (or any!) sugar, the you know the importance of the ingredients and mesaurements in a recipe.

one of the main ingredients of the gospel that often gets left out or is added in too small of a dose  is repentance. the gospel is not simply “do you want to go to heaven” or “do you believe in jesus?”. the gospel, the “good news” includes the vital ingredient of turning from sin and running to christ. when we speak of being saved, we must remember that we are saved “from” something-namely teh wrath of god against our sinfulness. so if we leave out repentance, we leave out why we need to be saved in the first place, which is a necessary acknowledgement.

these two quotes from john macarthur and josh harris serve as good reminders of the essential “ingredient” of repentance.

“True repentance is a change of direction. It involves turning away from sin and toward God—replacing sinful actions with righteous ones. Genuine repentance springs from heartfelt sorrow over sin because it is against God and then leads to real change in the way a person thinks and lives.” – Joshua Harris

“Repentance has always been the foundation of the biblical call to salvation. When Peter gave the gospel invitation at Pentecost, in the first public evangelism of the church era, repentance was at the heart of it. ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins’ (Acts 2:38). No evangelism that omits the message of repentance can properly be called the gospel, for sinners cannot come to Jesus Christ apart from a radical change of heart, mind, and will. That demands a spiritual crisis leading to a complete turnaround and ultimately a wholesale transformation. It is the only kind of conversion Scripture recognizes.”
-John MacArthur

may we share the gospel frequently, and with the proper ingredients included and measured.