The Happiness of Heaven in the Repentance of Sinners

Speakers: Thabiti Anyabwile Year: 2014 Session: Main Session

Thabiti Anyabwile gives a sermon from Luke 15 where Jesus tells three parables about the joy in finding something that was lost: a coin, a sheep, a son. Something similar happens in heaven when a sinner repents of their sin and trusts in Christ, when a sheep returns to the Good Shepherd. This heavenly happiness is eternal and unmitigated. So as we evangelize, calling for Spirit-wrought repentance, we understand this call to true repentance is a call to true joy.


Thabiti Anyabwile is the pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Thabiti served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman for seven years. He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He is the author of Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence, The Decline of African-American Theology, The Life of God in the soul of the Church, Finding Faithful Elders & Deacons, and What is a Healthy Church Member?. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of three children. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.