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Gutting the Rot

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In order to build our lives upon Christ and become who he created us to be, we have to "gut the rot" of sin through repentance.

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Introduction

General: Video, house before & after...
Personal: In order to build our lives upon Christ and become who he is calling us to be, we have to “gut the rot.” Are there things in your life that need to be gutted?
Biblical: David, the greatest king of Israel, struggled with sin that became a festering sore until it was only cleaned out through repentance.
Subject:
What is repentance and how does it work?
How do we gut the rot so that we can build our lives on Christ? How do we get rid of the decay in our lives so that we can become who God is calling us to be?
How does it work?

Gutting the Rot: Repentance

David & Bathsheba,

We can gut the rot through repentance. We can get rid of decay by getting rid of sin.

What is repentance?

Repentance is an act of acknowledging past wrongdoing, expressing regret or contrition, and committing to right behavior and obedience to God

Repentance is an act of acknowledging past wrongdoing, expressing regret or contrition, and committing to right behavior and obedience to God. It is a transformative process

Repentance is an act of acknowledging past wrongdoing, expressing regret or contrition, and committing to right behavior and obedience to God.

Repentance is not just...
acknowledging your sin.
Repentance is not just saying sorry to God.
acknowledging your sin
Graham shows us when he takes something he’s not supposed to have…
Repentance is not just for people getting saved.
saying sorry to God.
The difference between remorse and repentance...
I struggled with the sin of pornography when I was in college...
something you do when you get saved.
Repentance is not just acknowledging your sin.
Luke 9:23 ESV
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Repentance doesn’t mean getting out of the consequences of your actions. The child that Bathsheba had as a result of David’s adultery died. David had to live with the consequences of his sin, even though he repented.

It is a transformative process that involves turning away from sin or transgression and turning back to God.

a transformative process that involves turning away from sin or transgression and turning back to God.

It is a transformative process that involves turning away from sin or transgression and turning back to God.

a transformative process that involves turning away from sin or transgression and turning back to God.
The difference between remorse and repentance
Lesley DiFransico, “Repentance,” ed. Douglas Mangum et al., Lexham Theological Wordbook, Lexham Bible Reference Series (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014).
Lesley DiFransico, “Repentance,” ed. Douglas Mangum et al., Lexham Theological Wordbook, Lexham Bible Reference Series (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014).

David & Bathsheba,

Psalm 51 NIV
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. 18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Psalm 51 ESV
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 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. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Modern Story

Repentance is… turning away from sin and turning back to God.

How does repentance work?

Repentance is only possible through the cross. We cannot turn away from sin and turn back to God unless we come through Jesus.
Confess your sin.
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Express remorse.
Turn away from your sin.
Get serious. Break relationships, change your patterns, stop hanging out in certain places, put Covenant Eyes on your computer, get rid of your smart phone, get an accountability partner… do whatever you have to do to turn away from your sin.
Turn back to God.

Conclusion

Of what do you need to repent?
True repentance is only possible through the cross. We cannot turn away from sin and turn back to God unless we come through Jesus.
Repentance is only possible through the cross. We cannot turn away from sin and turn back to God unless we come through Jesus.
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Express your sorrow
Confess your sin. Express your remorse. Turn away from your sin (examples…). Turn back to God.
Forgiveness is only possible through the cross. We cannot give to someone else what we have not received ourselves. As Jennie Allen, founder of the IF ministry, puts it:
“If we don’t experience His forgiveness and His grace on a regular basis, then how could we give away His forgiveness and grace to anybody else?”
Will you come to the cross?
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Read aloud...
Will you come to the cross?
Turn away from your sin
Get an accountability partner… break relationships… stop hanging out in certain places… get rid of your smart phone… put Covenant Eyes on your computer… stop listening to certain kinds of music… stop watching certain TV shows…
Psalm 51:1–19 NIV
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. 18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Psalm 51 NIV
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. 18 May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
What do need to repent of?
Of what do you need to repent?
Confess your sin.
Express your remorse.
Turn away from your sin.
Get an accountability partner… break relationships… stop hanging out in certain places… get rid of your smart phone… put Covenant Eyes on your computer… stop listening to certain kinds of music… stop watching certain TV shows…
Turn back to God.
It’s better to avoid temptation than to resist it.
Get an accountability partner… break relationships… stop hanging out in certain places… get rid of your smart phone… put Covenant Eyes on your computer… stop listening to certain kinds of music… stop watching certain TV shows…
Turn back toward God

Gutting the Rot: Forgiveness

We can gut the rot through forgiveness. We can get rid of decay by getting rid of bitterness.

Forgiveness Defined

Forgiveness is the release, on the part of the creditor or offended party, of any expectation that a debt will be repaid or that an offender will receive punishment for an offense.

Forgiveness is not...
a travesty of justice.
forgetting.
condoning the sin.
instantaneous.
Forgiveness is… letting go of a debt someone owes you.

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant,

Matthew 18:32–35 ESV
32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Matt
Ephesians 4:31–32 NIV
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Matthew 18:32–35 ESV
32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Matthew 18:
Ephesians 4:31–32 NIV
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

“Diane’s” Story

Modern Story

Application

Application

Forgiveness is only possible through the cross. We cannot give to someone else what we have not received ourselves. As Jennie Allen, founder of the IF ministry, puts it:
Forgiveness is not a one-time decision, but it begins with a decision one time. Make the decision today. Let go of the debt someone owes you, gut the rot and be free!
“If we don’t experience His forgiveness and His grace on a regular basis, then how could we give away His forgiveness and grace to anybody else?”

Conclusion

Repentance is only possible through the cross. We cannot turn away from sin and turn back to God unless we come through Jesus.
True repentance is only possible through the cross. We cannot turn away from sin and turn back to God unless we come through Jesus.
Box illustration...
Box illustration...
Repentance is only possible through the cross. Forgiveness is only possible through the cross. Will you come to the cross?
Forgiveness is only possible through the cross. We cannot give to someone else what we have not received ourselves. As Jennie Allen, founder of the IF ministry, puts it:
“If we don’t experience His forgiveness and His grace on a regular basis, then how could we give away His forgiveness and grace to anybody else?”
Will you come to the cross?
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