Small steps in faith

Sunday, January 31, 2010

"How to Respond When You Reject God's Moral Will"

These are my notes from the sermon at Apex this morning. Ryan Stanley from Mercy Hill did the sermon. Phil did worship alone with just acoustical guitar which was beautiful with The voices of Apexers .

Psalms 51:1-19

Christianity is a story peppered with instructions. Many other religions are instructions peppered with a story.
We find ourselves outside of moral doing or not doing something.

We need repentance.

He started the sermon talking about ways confessions on TV are done
Avoiding details
Sharing the blame
Talk about love a lot

In this Psalm, David is confessing about his affair with Bathsheba

1. He turns to God 1-2
He asks for mercy
He grounds that mercy in God's love
He knows God can cleanse him

2. Zoom out 3-6
Sometimes we have to look at the big picture.
It is worse than we thought because we hurt others in the process.
It happens more than once

3. Trust your theology 8
Theology is practical.

4. Recognize the Source 10
It's an evil heart that our actions come from. Outworking of something inside

5.Seek transformation 7,9,11
inner cleansing
Don't need more instruction

6. Receive restoration Joy 12
Remember the day you believed

7. Spread restoration Joy 13-15

8. Review the Gospel 10-19
You can't "do" to gain God's acceptance.
What pleases God is broken hearts turning to Jesus


  • At 2:51 PM, Blogger darker than silence said…

    Psalm 51 is one of my favorite psalms. In my opinion it is the most intimate description of what repentance looks like. Good stuff.


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