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Repentance

Jesus saves those who believe and call upon His name. Saving grace is once and for all (justification) and also a continual invitation to repent for our wrongdoings. With the help of the Spirit we take inventory of our lives, humbly and honestly confess our sin, and turn away from our sin toward God in surrender. Through Jesus' offer of forgiveness, we receive true freedom.

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Memory Verse

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:8-9

Overview

Our new Rhythm this week is Repentance!  

Here’s our summary: As the Spirit helps us take inventory of our lives, we choose to honestly confess and then turn away from our sin in humble surrender to Jesus. By receiving His gracious offer of forgiveness, we can find the freedom and power we need to live in obedience to Him.  

Take a closer look. Did you see how repentance leads to finding “freedom and power” to “live in obedience to Jesus”? That’s what our “Life in Rhythm” series is all about: becoming more like Jesus! 

But before we can get there, there’s one important first step we need to take. We need the Holy Spirit’s assistance in taking inventory. We need His help to see ourselves as He sees us. That’s why David made that courageous request in Psalm 139:23 to “Search me, God, and know my heart.”

Our heart is the center of who we are. In Mark 7:21, Jesus said that sin comes “out of a person’s heart.” So, ultimately, it’s our heart that needs to be cleaned up and forgiven.  

After we’ve partnered with the Holy Spirit to assess our sin, then we’re ready for two more essential steps: to honestly confess our sin and to turn away from our sin.

Honest confession is calling it as it is. It’s admitting, “Yes, that’s me, I did it.” No denial. No minimizing. No rationalizing. It’s taking seriously the warning in 1 John 1:8 that “if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” It’s being a truth-teller when it comes to calling out our sin. 

But once we’ve recognized our sin, we’ve got a critical decision to make: to turn away or not. To make a 180-degree turnaround or to keep traveling down “sin street.” But know this: if we don’t make that about-face turn, we’ll never experience the hope and healing we need to become more like Jesus. It’s our choice!  

Session 4 is all about repentance: taking inventory, honestly confessing, choosing to turn away, being forgiven, finding freedom and power, living in obedience, and becoming more like Jesus!  

Today, we’ll be entering into a “Repentance Experience” which your facilitator will introduce. But first hear the promise of spiritual refreshment that comes whenever we repent and turn away from our sin: 

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19). Are you ready for your sins to be wiped out and to feel refreshed by God? 

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