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Forgiveness “How Can I Forgive Myself?”   Sermon Notes from Sunday

April 15, 2012 Believers Statesboro

Scott Moore

“None of their past sins will be brought up again…” – Ezekiel 33:16a (NLT)

Example of Peter:

Matthew 26:75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly. (NIV)

Forgiving Myself Requires

1. COMING to God for Forgiveness.

Mark 16:6-7

6 "Don’t be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” (NIV)

Five Ways God Forgives:

1. God forgives specifically.

2. God forgives instantly.

3. God forgives completely.

4. God forgives repeatedly.

5. God forgives freely.

Colossians 2:13-14

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. (NIV)

2. CHANGING my pattern.

Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.(NIV)

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

20 and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (NIV)

Memory Verse

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (NIV)

3. CREATING a new future for myself.

Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (NIV)

· God has a purpose for my past.

2 Cor 12:9 But he (God) said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (NIV)

Rom 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (NIV)

Lord, thank you for forgiving me. I realize that I’ve been carrying around the baggage of past sins that you have already forgiven. I want to trust you with my past as well as with my future. Today, I forgive myself for __________________________________________________________.

Signature: _______________________________________________

My next step today is to:

□ Memorize Philippians 2:13.

□ Today, I am coming to God and seeking his forgiveness for ____________________.

□ I want to signify my new life in Christ by being baptized on May 27, 2012.

Community Group and Family Devotional Questions

1. If God forgives specifically, instantly, completely, repeatedly, and freely… why do you think so many people live in guilt and condemnation?

  1. Quote our memory verse – Philippians 2:13. In your own words explain what the verse means to you.

3. Your past experiences can be a key to unlocking your God ordained future. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV) “All things” includes all things – the good, the not so good, the things you wish had never happened, even the things you haven’t thought about for years. What past experiences, good or bad, have shaped you into who you are today?

4. How can God use your past experience to help you discover your purpose and create a new future for you? “For God is working in \

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