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Please Forgive Me - A Sermon on Confession

Updated: Mar 8

Timonium, Maryland, USA

July 2023

Psalm 51:1-17

2 Samuel 11-12

Psalm 51 (ESV)

1 Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

according to your abundant mercy

blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin!

3 For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,

so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from your presence,

and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,

and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

and sinners will return to you.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,

O God of my salvation,

and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.

1. What Confession Entails

a. _______________ for The Past

b. _______________ in The Present

c. ________________ for The Future

2. Consequences of Sin

2 Samuel 12:9-10, 13-14 ESV

9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me …

13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.”

a. _______________ Consequence of Sin

b. _______________ Consequence of Sin.

All sin is against God.

3. What Happens When We Confess?

a. Removal of the Finite Consequence _______________________

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap

Gal 6:7 (ESV)

b. Restoration of the Infinite Consequence ____________________

How much does God hate sin? He hates it so much that he would rather have his Son die than people do one more sin.

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