Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sunday Circles - Putting the Past Behind

Sunday Circles
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Hymn: Come Thou Fount
Memory Verse: Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Lesson: Putting the Past Behind

                Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: Admit It
Scripture Reference: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
According to Psalms 51, it is against God and God only that we sin.
God does not intend that we tell everyone about our wretched failures.
Acknowledging our sins before God is a first simple step toward forgiveness and restoration.
Question: What are some reasons many people avoid simple remedy?
Follow Up Question: How can we expect God to respond to our confession?
Conclusion: We often find people bowing before Jesus and telling Him everything. Upon their confession, Jesus never condemned but always forgave and encouraged them to go their way and sin no more.

Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: Quit It
Scripture Reference: Proverbs 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
If we truly want to get out of any hole in life we must at some point stop digging.
When we recognize we are doing something wrong, we then have a responsibility to stop.
There’s always something you can do to please God.
God will help you quit it ...
Question: What are some ways we can work with God to help ourselves do better?
Follow Up Question:  What does the Bible say about turning from sin?
Conclusion: It is to our advantage and to the advantage of others that we recognize when we have sinned, go before God and acknowledge that sin, and seek His help so that we might successfully turn from our sins to a life more pleasing to Him. The benefits are abundant.

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: Forget It
Scripture Reference: Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
It is not only important that we forgive others but it is also important that we forgive ourselves.
Holding on to past failures can keep our enemies alive.
Once we admit it and quit it, it is then best that we put the past behind us.
Question: When we are forgiven, God forgets our sin. What do you think it means to forget the past?
Follow- up Question: When is it helpful and when is it hurtful to forget the past?
Conclusion: Putting the past behind us can be difficult when we have hurt others by our actions. Nonetheless, it is an important step to the future God intends us to enjoy. In the same way we may need help quitting, we might also need God’s help forgetting.

Pastor closing remarks

·        Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
·        Memory Verse

·        Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.