Pastor Greg continues his eight-part series this week called “RESET.” As we journey into this New Year it is a chance for all of us to hit the RESET button and symbolically lay down everything in our lives and only pick up the things God tells us to pick back up. It is a chance for a blank slate and a fresh start in our personal, physical, relational, business and spiritual lives as well as in the life of our church. This week, Pastor G talks to about resetting our life with repentance for all our sins.
This is Week Three: REPENTANCE
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. ~ Romans 12:1-2
Elencho (GREEK) ~ Convict/Conviction (ENGLISH)
To convince someone of the truth. ~ To be convinced of the truth.
TWO CHOICES WHEN FEELING CONVICTED
1) Ignore it. ~~~~~ 2) Confess it.
Exomologeó (GREEK) ~ Confess (ENGLISH)
to admit, to acknowledge, to consent fully without reservation.
… confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. ~ James 5:16
Metanoia (GREEK) ~ Repent (ENGLISH)
Change of Mind. Reversing one’s course of action.
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Acts 2:38
… repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; ~ Acts 3:19
“Repentance is not when you cry but when you change. Conviction, followed by Confession, followed by Repentance, eventually leads to Holiness.” ~ Pastor G
“God’s definitions need no revisions.” ~ Pastor G
For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy…. ~ Leviticus 11:44
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire. ~ Hebrews 12:28-29
… do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
ALOHA GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
READ: Romans 12:1-2
What does Paul mean when he urges us to present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice? When we sin with our bodies are we doing that? In what ways do we tend to “conform” with the world’s views and behaviors? In what ways does your life or your viewpoints need to “transform” instead?
READ: James 5:16, Acts 2:38 and Acts 3:19
Why should we confess our sins to each other instead of just to God? Are you able to confess your sins to each other? Why or why not? What are the reasons for repenting listed by Peter in Acts 2 and 3? Try putting the larger concepts he is referring to in your own words as if you were explaining these passages to a nonbelieving friend.
Pastor Greg said “Repentance is not when you cry but when you change. Conviction, followed by Confession, followed by Repentance, eventually leads to Holiness. God’s definitions need no revisions.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
READ: Leviticus 11:44, Hebrews 12:28-29 and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
What does it mean to “consecrate ourselves?” God commands us to “be holy.” Are you holy? How can you become holy? Are you working on that? In what way? What does it mean that “our God is a consuming fire?” We are called by Paul to glorify God in our bodies since our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. What are some common things we do in our culture, with our bodies, that do not glorify God with our bodies? Are those sins?