2 Corinthians 9:6-15 “God’s Grace and Our Giving” part 3

My sermon notes for Sunday, July 21st as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 9-6-15“God’s Grace and Our Giving” part 3

 

Intro thoughts:

  • It has been said “TRUE CONVERSION TRANSFORMS the MIND, the HEART, and the WALLET”
  • THERE IS A PROBLEM. – The financial crisis in our society. Debt, student loans, the struggle in balancing our wants and our needs, lack of savings, no retirement.
  • THERE IS A PROBLEM. – We do not understand the concept of EARNING (hard work), SPENDING, SAVING, & GIVING.  All 4 are crucial.
  • THERE IS A PROBLEM – The absence of Biblical teaching on the subject.
    • Matthew 25:14-30 – The Parable of the Talents
    • WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE.  KEY IS FAITHFULNESS
    • Giving is not just about giving. It is about being a good steward in all areas of our $$$$ life.
    • BALANCE – EARNING, SPENDING, SAVING & GIVING
  • WE JUST settle for misery. Keep doing the same things… Get same results.   (RAMSEY OVERVIEW)
  • Matt. 16:24Deny Self.  This a foreign concept.  TODAY IT SI ALL ABOUT SELF!  We think we need, but we really want.
  • When you grasp this perspective… it changes everything.

 

1 Corinthians 16:2

[1] Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. [2] On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. (ESV)

GIVING IS

  • Systematic – first day of the week, planned.
  • Sacrificial – let each one give. (not equal giving by equal sacrifice).
  • Proportionate – as he may prosper, as we give, He blesses.

 

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

GIVING IS

Investing – v. 6

[6] The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

 

  • Sowing
  • Reaping
  • If we give to bless others.  We will be blessed in return.
    • The blessing of obedience
    • The blessing of trusting
    • The blessing of HIS PRESENCE
    • The blessing of investing in the Kingdom

 

Deciding – v. 7

[7] Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver

 

  • As he has decided – heart issue. (PRAY, SEEK, ASK the Lord to give you a giving heart.)
  • Not reluctantly
    • Do not want to let go.  OR I do not have to give
  • I GET TO!
  • You either understand or you do not.
  • Cheerful – hilaron – hilarious

 

Worshiping – vv. 8-15

[8] And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. [9] As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;

his righteousness endures forever.”

[10] He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. [11] You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. [12] For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. [13] By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, [14] while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. [15] Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! (ESV)

  • God is able – v. 8
  • Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
  • All sufficiency in all things – v. 8
    • 2 Peter 1:3–4 [3] His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, [4] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (ESV)
  • He supplies – v. 10
  • He multiplies – v. 10
  • Enriched in every way – v. 11
  • Generous in every way – v. 11
  • Thanksgiving to God – v. 12
  • Submission/Confession to the Gospel – v. 13
  • Generosity – v. 13
  • God’s grace upon you – v. 14
  • Inexpressible gift – v. 15

 

 


Scripture References:

Matthew 25:14–30 – [14] “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. [15] To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. [16] He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. [17] So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. [18] But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. [19] Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. [20] And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ [21] His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ [22] And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ [23] His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ [24] He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, [25] so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ [26] But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? [27] Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. [28] So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. [29] For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. [30] And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (ESV)

2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5 – “God’s Grace and Our Giving” part 2

2 Corinthians 8:16-9:5 – “God’s Grace and Our Giving” part 2

My sermon notes for Sunday, June 14th as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week visit http://www.fbcap.net

2 Corinthians 8:16–24 – [16] But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you. [17] For he not only accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his own accord. [18] With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel. [19] And not only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us as we carry out this act of grace that is being ministered by us, for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our good will. [20] We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, [21] for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man. [22] And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. [23] As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ. [24] So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 9:1–5 – [1] Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the ministry for the saints, [2] for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year. And your zeal has stirred up most of them. [3] But I am sending the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be. [4] Otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated—to say nothing of you—for being so confident. [5] So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you have promised, so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction. (ESV)


Intro Thoughts:

  • Does our handling of God’s provision (money) reflect our understanding of grace? What God has done for us?  Who we are in Christ?  How God provides for us?  How God will bless us?
  • Does our personal and church budget  reflect a desire to part of what God is doing? Missional Giving.  Missional Living.  (Redemption/Sanctification)
  • Do we give for the right reasons? (Kingdom Giving/Gospel Giving)
  • Do we understand that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves? We are not just individuals trying to live the Christian life out.  (You me and the Lord… do not worry about me)

 

Earnestness

An earnestness for the THE purpose – vv. 16-18

The purpose not a purpose.  He has THE purpose, often churches create a purpose.

  • His glory. The Glory of His Church
  • The Gospel – Redemption
  • John 20:30–31 – [30] Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; [31] but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (ESV)
  • Being Disciples / Making Disciples (Matt 28)
  • KINGDOM PICTURE – The church as being the church
    • Corinth, Jerusalem
    • Paul, Titus, this brother (preaching the Gospel), church in Jerusalem, churches helping

 

Accountability

An understanding of personal and corporate accountability – vv. 19-22

  • Appointed by the church to travel.   A display of unity.
  • For the Glory of the Lord himself
    • Every aspect of our monies should glorify God and not self or the church itself.
  • Show our good will

 

Think of the Body concept.  Many making one.

  • Individually to God
  • Individually to one another.
    • If we are part of the body, then we are responsible for to one another. It is personal between us and the Lord, but it is also corporate “we are the body”
  • As a people to the congregation.
    • As a committee handling the money. As ministries spending the money.  TO THE LORD and TO HIS CHURCH

 

Unity

An attitude of unity and teamwork– vv. 23-24

Words utilized:

  • Partner
  • Fellow Worker
  • Messengers of the church
    • Glory of Christ (what a testimony of these men)

 

Doing more together than what we can do alone

  • The SBC concept. (Cooperative Program)

 

Inspiration

An obedience that inspires and encourages others – vv. 9:1-5

 

  • As we give
  • As we see the fruits of true Gospel ministry
  • As we experience the Grace of God as a church
  • As people see us life a faithful life of TRUST
  • As we see God do more than we could ever do on our own

2 Corinthians 8:1-15 “God’s Grace and Our Giving”

My sermon notes for Sunday, June 7th as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 8:1–15 – [1] We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, [2] for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. [3] For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, [4] begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—[5] and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. [6] Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. [7] But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

[8] I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. [9] For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. [10] And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. [11] So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. [12] For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. [13] For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness [14] your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. [15] As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.” (ESV)

 

2 Corinthians 8:1–15God’s Grace and our Giving

Big Picture Thoughts:

  • God’s Grace and our Giving
  • Giving and Our Sanctification are closely linked
  • We rely on His provision, yet we discipline ourselves to be good stewards (His grace and our effort)
  • Like all other spiritual disciplines… once we start, there is no turning back

 

Intro:

  • We never really talk about it in church like we should.  Yet, so many of us are living in such an unhealthy financial life.
  • Debt/Bills, Paycheck to paycheck living, No Savings, Little Retirement. We have accepted the NEW NORMAL
  • God talks more about our things/money than He does heaven.
  • We need to see things from God’s perspective:
  • My receiving (Is a picture of God’s Grace)
  • My spending (is this a picture of God’s grace?)
    • Wants
    • Needs
  • My giving (Is this a picture of God’s grace)

 

ATTITUDE– vv. 1-4

It is the attitude of the heart

  • Not based on our circumstances
    • Severe affliction
    • Extreme poverty

 

  • Abundance of joy (what produced this joy)
    • Personal – according to their means
    • Sacrificial – beyond their means
    • Willingly – of their own accord.

 

  • We become part of something bigger than ourselves
    • Favor of taking part
    • The privilege of joining God and what He is doing

 

 

RELATIONSHIP – v. 5, vv. 8-9

His with me and mine with Him

 

  • Give ourselves FIRST to the Lord– vv. 5
  • Not as a command, but to prove our love – v. 8
  • Our Love is genuine, Because His love is genuine – 8-9

 

Because of my relationship with Christ

  • What He gave, so that I have
  • Because of who I am in Him… I have everything

 

BALANCE– vv. 6-7

We must strive toward balance in our “sanctified life”

  • A healthy Spiritual life involves the whole life
    • Faith
    • Speech
    • Knowledge
    • Earnestness
    • Love for others
    • Grace giving

 

  • My giving should be in balance with the WHOLE.

 

FOCUS – vv. 10-11

Giving of oneself is a lifestyle not just an event.

 

  • Finish what you KNOW you need to do.
  • PRESS ON…Forget. Move forward – Philippians 3:12–16
  • It will bring great benefits

 

 

AWARENESS – vv. 12-15

The closer we walk with Him the more we are aware of how He can and will use us.

 

  • God does not expect us to give what we do not have
  • God wants us to give when He gives
  • He gives when others have needs

 

 

 


Scripture References

Philippians 3:12–16 – [12] Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. [13] Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, [14] I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. [15] Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. [16] Only let us hold true to what we have attained. (ESV)

 

Matthew 6:2–4 – [2] “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. [3] But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, [4] so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)

 

Matthew 6:7–13 – [7] “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. [8] Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. [9] Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. [10] Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

[11] Give us this day our daily bread, [12] and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

[13] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (ESV)

 

Matthew 6:19–24 – [19] “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, [20] but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. [21] For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

[22] “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, [23] but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

[24] “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (ESV)

John 6:35-40 – The Bread of Life – Communion Sunday

John 6:35-40  – The Bread of Life – Communion Sunday

My sermon notes for Sunday, June 30th as we observe the Lord’s Supper.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

[35] Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. [36] But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. [37] All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. [38] For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. [39] And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. [40] For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

 

I AM the Bread of life – v. 35

I am make all things new.

  • I bring the OT and NT together
  • Fulfill the Law

 

  • Manna – Jesus
  • Moses – Jesus (True Redeemer)
  • Temple – Jesus (where God meets man)
  • Jacobs latter – Jesus (true stairway to heaven)
  • Bronze serpent – Jesus (lifted up on the cross)

 

 

I bring complete fulfillment, redemption, and new life

  • Bread is necessary for life
  • For all (bread a common staple)
  • Daily need (Give us our daily bread. Matt 6)
  • Must be taken in. The word.  We read, study, taken in.  (Matt. 4:4 Man shall not live on bread alone, but every word that comes from the mouth of God.)

 

  • Whoever comes to me
    • Shall not hunger

 

  • Whoever believes
    • Will never thirst

 

This is God’s eternal plan – vv. 36-40

 

Because all that the Father gives me will come to me.

  • The work of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel

 

Whoever comes to me I will never cast out

  • Adopted into the family of God. Loving, Nourishing, Cherishing.

 

This is God’s Will (plan)

  • IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED!

 

I should lose nothing that He has given

  • Hold, Protect, Security and Perseverance

 

Raise it up on the last day

  • Keeping the End in mind. Life in the midst of death

 

This is the will of the Father

  • IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED!

 

Whoever looks and believes

  • Believe on, Come to, Trust in, Follow after, Live for

 

Will have eternal life

  • Live now and Life for all eternity

 

Be raised up

  • What I say… will take place. Manna was temporary.  MY BREAD IS FOREVER!

 

Wed. Night material – Resolution #9

Here are the articles referenced during the Wed Night recap of the SBC Convention.

 

Resolution #9 – Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality

The original resolution presented by Stephen Feinstein

  • This is the original resolution that was brought forth the Resolution Committee.

SBC RESOLUTION #9 Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality (the resolution that passed)

  • The resolution that came out of Committee and presented before the Convention.  This is the resolution that was affirmed by majority vote.

Discussion and the amendments presented by Tom Ascol

  • Here is the discussion and the amendments that were brought forth by Tom Ascol.  (This took place on the floor of the convention)
  • Here is the Founders Ministry YouTube Channel.  You can see podcasts that go into greater detail of this issue.   Founders Ministry – Youtube

 

The BRIEFING  – By Albert Mohler.

 

 

2 Corinthians 7:5-16 “For the Love of the Church” 3 Words (word 3)

My sermon notes for Sunday, June 9th as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 7:5-16 – “For the Love of the Church “ 3 words (word 3)

Certainty (a courageous confidence)– vv. 12-16

 

Big idea of the Text/Message

  1. Paul is bringing this section to an end. Because he loved the church and desired for the church to truly be the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ…
  2. He appealed to them:
    • For acceptance and affection – 6:11-13
    • For separation from unbelievers – vv. 6:14-18
    • For holy living v. 7:1
    • To remember his love for them (Lord’s Church) – vv. 7:2-4
    • To embrace God’s comfort in the midst of affliction – vv. 7:5-16
    • To reflect upon the importance of repentance – vv. 7:8-11
    • THIS SECTION. Because of these things… we have CERTAINTY and CONFIDENCE in the Lord and His Church.

 

Here he brings this section of the letter to a close and ties it all together by reminding them about

  1. Tough Love
  2. God’s Comfort
  3. Godly Confidence

 

TOUGH LOVE – v. 12

So although I wrote to you, it was not for the sake of the one who did the wrong, nor for the sake of the one who suffered the wrong, but in order that your earnestness for us might be revealed to you in the sight of God.

 

  • I did not write for the offender (false teachers/accusers)
  • I did not write for the offended (those offended)
  • BUT TO THE CHURCH because they had lost their focus and way…IN THE SIGHT OF GOD
    • He loved them enough to confront them in the first place.
    • He knew it was not about people and personalities, BUT ABOUT PEOPLES SOULS AND LIVES BEFORE A HOLY GOD

 

PRODUCES GREAT COMFORT – vv. 13-14 (come alongside)

[13] Therefore we are comforted.  And besides our own comfort, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all. [14] For whatever boasts I made to him about you, I was not put to shame. But just as everything we said to you was true, so also our boasting before Titus has proved true

 

  • They had great comfort due to their repentance
  • Titus had great comfort because of what they had done
  • Paul had great comfort.

 

 

WHICH PRODUCES A GODLY CONFIDENCE – vv. 15-16

[15] And his affection for you is even greater, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how you received him with fear and trembling. [16] I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you. (ESV)

 

  • Paul had complete confidence because he knew GOD HAD DONE A WORK FOR THEM and now they CAN DO A WORK FOR GOD.
  • 1 John 1:8–10 – [8] If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (ESV)
  • Ephesians 2:8–10 – [8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)
  • 2 Timothy 1:3–7 – [3] I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. [4] As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. [5] I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. [6] For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, [7] for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (ESV)

2 Corinthians 7:5-16 “For the Love of the Church. 3 Words. (word 2)

My sermon notes for Sunday, June 2nd as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

BIG IDEA OF THE TEXT/MESSAGE – The wonders and need for repentance within the body of Christ.

  • Paul loved the Church, because he knew that imperfect people can change.
  • Imperfect people can recognize their mistakes seek forgiveness and move forward.
  • Because he knew the church was in a process of progressive sanctification – GROWING AND CHANGING INTO THE LIKENESS OF CHRIST.

 

2 Cor. 7:5-16 – “For the love of the Church – 3 words”

Repentance – vv. 8-11

[8] For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. [9] As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

[10] For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. [11] For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.

 

  • Regret – Paul knew the letter needed to be written, but at the same time it was hard because he cared so much for them.
  • Grieving (sorrow)
    • Grieved for a little while. When we act upon what God is leading us to do the sorrow/grief is short lived, but the joy is much longer.
    • Godly grief – Through God’s perspective (His disapproval)
    • Worldly grief – Through man’s perspective
  • Repentance – change of heart and life.  Turning from wrong to right.  Produces genuine change.
    • Earnestness – to make things right. Be right. Act right. Live right. Pursue righteousness
    • Eagerness to clear yourself – rid themselves of their guilt. Prove themselves.
    • Indignation – outraged over their sin
    • Fear – reverential fear and awe of God as the one who disciplines and judges.
    • Longing – to see their relationships restored.
    • Zeal – for right.   Righteous living.
    • Punishment – retribution for the wrong. Justice done.

 

True Repentance

  1. True repentance recognizes sin for what it really is.
  • Psalm 51:1-6

 

  1. True repentance leads to a turning from sin and a turning toward God.
  • Ezekiel 14:6
  • Acts 26:20 – mĕtanŏia, “a change of mind;” the verb form means “to change one’s views and purpose, to repent.”

 

  1. True repentance results in joy.
  • Psalm 32

 

 

The Path of Repentance

by John Loftness

 

Step 1 – Pray

  • Establish your dependence on God by praying for the Holy Spirit’s help in this process.

 

Step 2 – Identify the sin

  • Define its practice in biblical terms.
  • Define your heart’s motive for the sin in biblical terms.
  • Define the lie—the false belief—that created this motive and its acts.

 

Step 3 – Embrace the Gospel

  • Meditate on how your sin offends God. Cultivate sorrow.
  • Meditate on the fact that God sent Jesus to die in your place to overcome the offense this sin created.
  • Pray – Admit your sin to God and ask Him to forgive you and to account this sin to Jesus’ death on your behalf.

 

Step 4 – Take steps to stop

  • Collect on paper what the Bible says about your sin, its consequences, your forgiveness in Christ, and the Spirit’s power at work in you to change. Memorize the most helpful passages.
  • Purpose to change your thinking and your behavior.
  • Purpose to change behavior that increases temptation:
  • Places you go
  • People with whom you interact
  • Things you look at or listen to
  • Words you say
  • Confess your sin to those you’ve offended and seek their forgiveness. Make restitution if necessary.

 

Step 5 – Replace your sin with righteousness

  • “Put on Christ.” If you’re a Christian, you are joined to Jesus Christ. His Spirit dwells within you. You can think and act as He does!
  • Identify thoughts you can think or actions you can take to replace the lie with truth
  • The sinful motive with a true motive for something else that pleases God
  • Sinful behavior with righteous behavior

 

Step 6 – Seek fellowship as a means of grace

  • If you haven’t already inform godly friends or a pastor of your sin and the process you are engaging in to change.
  • Ask for their evaluation of the conclusions you’ve drawn, and adjust where needed.
  • Make yourself accountable to walk along the specific path you’ve outlined above.

 

Step 7 – review

  • Steps 1-5 daily.
  • Step 6 for regular accountability.

 


Scripture References:

Psalm 51:1–6

[1] Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

[2] Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

[3] For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

[4] Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

[5] Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

[6] Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. (ESV)

 

Ezekiel 14:6 – [6] “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations. (ESV)

 

Acts 26:19–20 – [19] “Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, [20] but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. (ESV)

 

Psalm 32

[1] Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

[2] Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

[3] For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

[4] For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

 

[5] I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

[6] Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.

[7] You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

[8] I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

[9] Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

[10] Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.

[11] Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (ESV)