Sermons on Sin and Repentance
Life is messy because of our sinfulness, foolishness, and bitterness. To get out of messes, we must be committed to change. The Bible’s word for change is repentance. The manner in which the church uses this word has added a negative connotation to it, but it’s in fact a very positive word.
God is light. See 1 John 1:5 – 10. Light is truth. He has enabled us to see what the truth is like. Walking in this light with God should be our habitual way of living, but we all fall short and need God’s forgiveness.
In making forgiveness big, we forget about repentance. Jesus is first Lord, the savior. Jesus is savior because he is Lord. The lordship of Jesus is good news, since he is a loving lord and we need to trust him.
Under the leadership of Ahab and Jezebel, Israel is gripped by idolatry and greed. God sends prophets to call Israel to repent, but they are largely ignored. The power of God wins every time.
David was a good king, but he was not sinless. His sin, like our sin, caused broken fellowship with God. When confronted, he did confess and repent, which helped to repair his relationship with God. We can limit our sin by staying satisfied in the Lord.
In Judges, the cycle of sin among the Israelites is apparent: serving God, sin, discipline, repentance, judge raised up, and deliverance. We all go through this cycle.
In Genesis, God spoke and brought everything into existence. From the beginning, his people rebelled and sinned, but the good news is that God forgives, restores, and empowers us.