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Week 4: One Another's

Guilt is a horrible motivator

Psalm 51: 1-2
Psalms 51:1-2 (NLT)
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.

Psalm 51:9-10
Psalms 51:9-10 (NLT)
Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

Psalm 51:14
Psalm 51:14 (NIV)
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

Conviction is a FRIEND who speaks truth, gently leading us to repentance and forgiveness.
Guilt is a CONSPIRATOR who taunts, condemns, brings shame and casts blame.

Hebrews 10: 19-25
Hebrews 10:19-25 (NIV)
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

‘spur one another on…’
(Gk.) allēlōn paroxysmus
spur-on, stir-up, motivate, stimulate, provoke

How do we spur one another on?
1. We do not give up MEETING TOGETHER

2. We ENCOURAGE one another

Quote #1
Going to church with hundreds of other people to sit and hear a sermon doesn’t ask much of you. It certainly will never expose you. That’s why most folks prefer it. But community will.

‘Waking the Dead,’ Eldredge (p.197)

Quote #2
Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How do we spur one another on?
We POINT one another to the forgiveness that we have in Christ - a forgiveness that is proactive and readily available out of God’s relentless love for us.

We do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:9), but we CONFESS our sins to one another. (James 5:16)

We FORGIVE whatever grievances we have against one another (Colossians 3:13) out of our recognition of how much we have been forgiven. (Ephesians 4:32)

We do not pass judgement on one another (Romans 14:13), but we ACCEPT one another, just as Christ accepts us. (Romans 15:7)

We BUILD UP one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11) because we consider others better than ourselves. (Philippians 2:3)


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