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Summary: We saw how every bucket we can draw from (ourselves, others, world, religion) comes up empty, can’t fix us . . . only the Good News of Jesus can fix us. Today,we continue to recover redemption

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Recovering Redemption

Good Grief (3 of 5)

October 5, 2014 CFBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

A Over the last two weeks we’ve heard about the song of redemption.

1 We saw how every bucket we can draw from (ourselves, others, world, religion) comes up empty, can’t fix us . . . only the Good News of Jesus can fix us.

a Today, as we continue to recover redemption we ask ourselves...

aa How saved are we really?

bb Does our sin ever get bigger than God’s redemptive power?

cc If we struggle with sin does that mean we’ve lost the song?

b Important you know these two things:

aa Being from the south/having a grandfather who was a preacher/going to church/American doesn’t make you a Christian. (Off track thinking)

bb Can you be good enough to earn God’s favor? Of course not. Can you be bad enough to lose it? Can being “bad” make a Christian not be a Christian. (Of course not.)

2 Clarification: There’s a reason why Jesus could say that pathway to finding “rest for your souls” comes, not from doing whatever you want, but from hitching your self up to His “yoke” and taking off from there.

a Matthew 11:29-30 (NASB) 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

aa Sin’s yoke/burden is camouflaged up and sooner or later it shows itself and it ain’t light/easy.

bb Sin NEVER does any of us any good. Sin is bad, for everyone, all the time.

b Last Sunday, someone said her testimony was she got saved young, no drugs, addiction, sleeping around, drama.

aa The assumption is that if a testimony didn’t have sex, drugs, and drama then it’s not a “testimony.”

bb The testimonies of addicts/abusers/down and outers cannot outdo the sweet goodness of God that comes shining through your G-rated, nice girl/guy salvation story.

B It was sin in our hearts (that we got from Adam, got us off tune/out of rhythm/ leading us to hell) until Jesus intervened.

1 By the gift of His righteousness, received when we believed on His name, He put a new song in our hearts, cut us a new track, leading to life/joy/blessing of following Him.

a It was faith that led us to repentance, Jesus is who brought about change.

b When most people think of the idea of repentance is in the setting of a hell-fire, street-preacher sermon, “Turn or Burn!”

aa Mark 1:14-15 (NASB) 14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

bb This repenting & believing is not a one-time, one-on/one-off thing. (Sure I was saved one time, but repent & believe is so much more.)

cc Repent & believe= rinse & repeat

2 Big part of the puzzle of recovering redemption, that can help us live in freedom and not fear: being a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean we never sin.


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