Repentance as Alignment
Pastor Jamie George - Repentance is a gift to us. It is how we align with The Kingdom. We switch our focus from self to God. When we repent we do not resist, we replace.
Review from Last Week:
Our practice last week was to remember the confidence we are invited into when Jesus lives in us.
Breathe In: YOU ARE GOD
Breathe Out: ALIVE IN ME
How did this become a reality for you this past week?
this week: Prayer: Confession and Repentance
Read the following together as a Village. (Village Guides can either read or appoint someone to read or have everyone read ahead before they come...whatever seems best for your Village)
Question 1: As you read, begin to think: What is the purpose of confession?
I John 1:1:5-10:
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
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. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Question 2: Do you want to be healed? So if confession brings healing and freedom, then why is it so hard to confess to God and others?
Repentance (metanoia) means: to rethink your thinking; realigning yourself with God
- turn from one thing (sin) to another (Jesus)
- this is not resisting but rather replacing; replace the old with the new
Question 3: What thing have you tried to change over and over, but continue to fail at? Jesus invites us to repent and turn TO Him and things that are good and right. What would this look like in your life?
Question 4: What does mercy look like?
READ Ephesians 2:4-5:
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
This Weeks Practice:
Jesus, as I go through this day, open my eyes and heart to realign with You.
Pray: “Jesus have mercy on me”... FYI this prayer is always answered!
Pray with and for each other...