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July 16, 2023 31 mins

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We make mistakes constantly. How can one obtain forgiveness? This sermon looks at the kinds of confessions we make, explores repentance, and evaluates the consequences of our actions. 
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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Thank you, abby.
Good morning, good morning.
So if you're feeling lonely,don't You're the only one I ever
want.
I just want to make it good.
So if I love you a little morethan I should, please forgive me
.
I know not what to do.

(00:20):
Please forgive me, I can't stoploving you.
Don't deny me this pain I'mgoing through.
Please forgive me.
If I need you like I do, Pleasebelieve me.
Every word I say is true.
Please forgive me, I can't stoploving you.

(00:40):
That was Canadian singer BrianAdams from his 1993 number one
single, please Forgive Me.
There may be many kinds ofconfessions, but I think there
are at least three differentkinds of confessions.
The first one is what I'll callI am amazing Confession.
This is a kind of confessionthat Brian Adams says please

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forgive me, I can't stop lovingyou.
Sometimes, when you go for aninterview and they ask you what
is your weakness, and you say myweakness is I work so hard.
I'm going to be such an assetto your company because I work
so hard, that is a I am amazingconfession.
The second kind of confessionis a you are horrible confession

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, and that is when you feel likeyou have to confess, but you
don't really feel humble and youdon't think you did anything
wrong, but you have to saysomething, so you blame it on
the other person and say I'msorry, you misunderstood this.
The third kind of confession isI am horrible confession.
This is a true kind ofconfession where we actually

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feel humble about the thing thatwe did this morning in a sermon
entitled please forgive me.
I want to talk about this thirdkind of confession.
The text that has been given tome is Psalm 51.
And we will be reading a fewverses in this Psalm.
Let me give you a quickbackground of the story.

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This Psalm is a Psalm ofconfession that David wrote
after some very bad situationsin his life, and you can read
the sordid details of his storyin 2 Samuel, chapter 11 and 12.
I want us to keep our Biblesopen to Psalm 51 and we will

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look at multiple versesthroughout the sermon.
I've divided the sermon intothree parts.
In the first part, we will lookat what confession entails.
Second, we will look at theconsequences of sin and third,
we will look at what happenswhen we confess.
First, let's look at whatconfession entails.

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Well, what is confession?
Confession is the humbleadmission of guilt.
That's confession.
Confession is the humbleadmission of guilt.
Now, for the astute Biblestudent amongst us, you may ask
me well, what is the differencebetween confession and
repentance?
The difference is thatrepentance doesn't stop with

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confession.
Confession is the first step ofrepentance, but repentance
carries on to change what youare confessing about.
So for the purposes of thesermon, I'll be using the terms
interchangeably, but what I meanis confession and repentance,

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where you start by admittingyour guilt and then move forward
to changing what you areconfessing about.
What does confession entail?
There are three things that Iwant to point out.
First, confession is agony forthe past.
Agony for the past, confessionacknowledges wrongdoing.
Confession acknowledgeswrongdoing.

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It is the opposite of pride.
In verse 3, david says in Psalm51, verse 3, he says for I know
my transgressions and my sin isever before me.
He carries the guilt ofunconfessed sin and he actually
carries this for 12 monthsbefore he writes this Psalm.

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And he has been carrying thisagony of an unconfessed sin for
all this time, and now he facesit head on.
Many of us carry the agony ofpast actions.
We've done stuff in the pastthat we are not proud about.
We did stuff in the past thatwe should have known better and

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yet we did it, and we carry theagony of the past.
The second thing that is inconfession is beseeching in the
present.
Let me read some verses fromPsalm 51, verses 1 and 2.
And you can follow along inyour Bibles have mercy on me, o
God.
According to your steadfastlove, according to your abundant

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mercy, blot out mytransgressions Verse 2, wash me
thoroughly from my iniquity andcleanse me from my sin.
He is pleading with God.
He is pleading with God.
If we did a crawling and thejudge was about to sentence us

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for 20 years in jail, and if youhad that opportunity to meet
the judge before he was passingout his sentence, what would you
tell him?
Would you talk about theweather?
Would you talk about how yoursports team did bad last week?
Would you talk about theupcoming election season?

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No, we would be pleading withhim.
We would be begging him.
If there was a way, can you letme out?
We would do anything we couldto avoid being sentenced.
The reason why we don't pleadwith God about sin, the reason

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why we are so lackadaisicalabout sin, is because we don't
see sin the way God sees sin.
David uses three words in thispassage.
He says blot out mytransgressions, and the word
blot out is to blot out,literally a permanent record.

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Back in the day, when we usedto type on typewriters and we
practice ASDFGF, semicolon LKJHJand when we did that and
something went wrong as we weretyping it out, we would take it
out from the typewriter and usea white out and blot out.
That is what David is sayingblot out my transgression.

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And then he says wash methoroughly, and the word for
wash me is to trample with thefeet.
Why does it mean trample withthe feet?
Because back in the dayeverybody washed their clothes
with their hands.
And when you washed yourclothes with your hands, you
came across a piece of cloththat had such a big stain that

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your hands were not enough toget rid of it.
So you put it on the ground andyou trampled on it with your
feet to get rid of this bigstain.
And then he says cleanse mefrom my sin, and the word
cleanse is an Old Testament word.
When there was a person in theOld Testament is there a light
group with a skin disease?

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He would have to come to thepriest who would check the skin
disease to see if it wascontagious or not, because they
wanted to avoid an epidemic inthe community.
And so if it was a contagiousskin disease, the person with
the skin disease was sentoutside of the community and
every week he would come in andhave the priest check him.

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And the priest would look at itand say, no, it's still
contagious, you need to stay out.
And he was outside thecommunity devoid of any
communion with his countrymen.
But there might come a day whenhe would come to see the priest
and the priest would look atthat skin disease and say,

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finally, it is not contagious,you are clean.
And that meant the world to himbecause he could now come back
into the community and be partof the fellowship.
And this is what David issaying cleanse me, count me as
clean.
We may have agony for the pastand we have beseeching in the

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present.
And thirdly, confession entailsa change for the future.
True confession leads torepentance.
True confession leads torepentance.
Confession is not the end point, but confession is the starting
point of a long road ofrecovery and restoration and

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repentance.
David says in verse 10, 13, and14, create in me a clean heart,
god, and renew a steadfastspirit within me.
Then I will teach transgressorsyour ways and sinners will
return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, o God, o God of my
salvation, and my tongue willsing aloud of your righteousness

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.
There are many examples in theBible of people that confessed
but did not repent.
In the Old Testament there is astory of Esau.
He confessed about themarriages he had, but he did not
repent and change his ways.
And then you come to the NewTestament.
The greatest example is JudasIscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

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He confessed as soon as he sawthat Jesus was arrested, but he
did not repent.
But this was a true confessionby David.
Many times we think thatconfession is enough, but it is
not.
It needs to lead to repentance.
I wish that this was the end ofthe sermon, but it's not,

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because in part two we're goingto look at the consequences of
sin.
Like I said, the reason why wedon't understand the seriousness
of sin is because we don't seesin from God's perspective.
Let's assume that athree-year-old, instead of

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having a regular temper tantrumwhere they throw themselves on
the ground and flop their handsand feet, instead, this
three-year-old takes a loadedgun that was sitting on the
table and shoots his father.
Obviously it's a hypotheticalsituation because, as we know,
every gun owner has the gundouble locked in the basement

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and the bullets double locked inthe attic.
So obviously this is ahypothetical situation.
But let's say that thisthree-year-old, in a temper
tantrum, took the gun and shothis father.
He may feel sad about it, buthe doesn't understand the

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repercussions of his actions,and many times, maybe all the
time, that is how we are.
We do sin and we don't know thecomplete repercussions of our
actions and we don't know howmuch of the thing that we did
has hurt God.

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Nathan, the prophet, came toDavid and said in 2 Samuel,
chapter 12, verse 9, why haveyou despised the word of the
Lord To do what is evil in hissight?
You have struck down Uriah theHittite with the sword and have
taken his wife to be your wifeand have killed him with the
sword of the Ammonites.

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Now, therefore, the sword shallnever depart from your house
because you have despised me.
Verse 13,.
David said to Nathan I havesinned against the Lord and this
is a true confession.
And Nathan said to David theLord also has put away your sin.
You shall not die, nevertheless, because by this deed you have

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utterly scorned the Lord, thechild who is born to you shall
die.
There are two consequences forevery sin.
The first one is the finiteconsequence of sin.
Every sin has a finiteconsequence.
Some finite consequences arebig, some finite consequences

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are small.
So, for example, if you disobeyyour parents and you don't do
your homework, you don't studyhard and you end up getting a
lousy job, that is a finiteconsequence.
If you did something that andyou're spending the rest of your
life in prison, it is a bigconsequence, but it is still a
finite consequence.
The second consequence of sinis the infinite consequence of

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sin, and this involves adisturbance in the relationship
with God.
David writes in verse 11, do notcast me away from your presence
.
What is he talking about?
He's talking of a brokenrelationship with God because of

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sin.
The relationship with God isthe main reason for our
existence.
When God created Adam and Evein the garden, it was for
relationship.
And when sin happened and theycouldn't have the relationship,
the rest of human history isabout how God was trying to
restore that relationship.

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And we come to the end of thebook of Revelation.
It talks about how, in heaven,we will be back in the presence
of God.
In fact, the difference betweenheaven and hell is that in
heaven we have the presence ofGod.
In hell, there is the absenceof the face presence of God.
Now I want to clarify something.
I'm not saying that, asbelievers, when we sin we are

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condemned to hell.
That is not what I'm saying.
When you're a believer, we arein the family of God and sin
does not condemn us to hell.
But sin breaks the relationship, even in the family of God.
All of us are families andsometimes things don't agree

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with each other in the family.
It's not like you disown oneanother, it's just that you
don't talk to each other for acouple of weeks.
Right, I mean there is aproblem in the relationship.
So, as believers, it's not thatwe are going to go to hell
every time we sin or have thepotential to do so, it's just
that there is a break in therelationship.

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All sin carries an infiniteconsequence.
Why?
Because all sin is against God.
So in verse 4, david writesagainst you you only have I
sinned.
What on earth is he talkingabout?
He sinned against Bechiba.

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He sinned against Uriah, whomhe killed.
He sinned against Joab, thecommander of the army.
What is he talking about?
At the end of the day, all sinis against God and therefore it
is infinite.
Let me give you an example thatI've given multiple times over

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the last 15 years.
This is from John Philips' bookExploring Romans.
Let's say that a marine struckanother marine.
If he did that, he may getthree days' detention.
Let's say that, instead ofstriking another marine, this

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marine struck a sergeant, andfor striking a sergeant he may
get three weeks' detention.
Let's say, instead of strikingthe sergeant, he struck his
general, and he may get threemonths' detention.
But let's say that, instead ofstriking the general, he
attempted to strike the visitingpresident of the United States,

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who is the commander-in-chief,and for that he may be executed
on the spot or spend a lifetimein prison.
You see what's happening here.
The crime is the same.
It's one man striking anotherman, but depending on the rank
against whom that crime has beencommitted, the consequence

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dramatically increases.
Ladies and gentlemen, since Godis infinite and every sin is
against God, therefore we areliable, even for the smallest
sin, to face infiniteconsequence.
There are both finite andinfinite consequences for every

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sin we do.
Thirdly, what happens when weconfess?
There are genuine confessionsand then there are dishonest
confessions.
What makes a confession genuine?
We looked at it.
It has agony, it has beseechingand it has a plan to change for

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the future.
What makes a confessiondishonest?
It's something that we do allthe time.
We have no plans to change.
We say sorry, but we have notthe slightest plan to change the
thing that we are sorry about.
There are two effects ofconfession and repentance.

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The first is that the removalof the finite consequence is not
guaranteed.
The removal of the finiteconsequence is not guaranteed.
The iron law in Westernphilosophy is this law called
the law of causality or the lawof cause and effect.

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It says that every effect has acause, every cause has an
effect.
This law is presupposed inevery scientific endeavor.
You look at an experiment andyou look at the effect and you
wonder what the cause is.
In fact, even when we makearguments for the existence of

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God, we look at the universe andwe say that is an effect.
What is the first cause?
The first cause is God.
Now I want to introduce twoother laws.
There is the law of gravity,and this law of causality is
similar to the law of gravity.
Now let me introduce a thirdlaw, the law of example in

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mathematics.
So there's a law in mathematicswhich does not change.
So 2 plus 2 is 4, whetheryou're on Mars, whether you
lived 200 years ago or whetheryou're Norwegian, 2 plus 2 is 4.
The law of gravity can changeOn Earth.

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As we know, on the surface ofEarth, gravitational force the
gravitational force is 9.8meters per square second and on
the moon it is 1.6.
Of that, it's 1.62 meters persquare second.
So the law of gravity canchange.
The law of causality also canchange.

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Much before Western philosophythere was the Bible.
And what does the Bible sayabout the law of causality?
In Galatians, chapter 6, verse7, it says Do not be deceived.
God is not mocked.
For whatever one sows, thatwill he also reap the law of
sowing and reaping.

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Now, if God wants, he cantemporarily suspend the law of
gravity, as he did when Jesuswalked on water.
He temporarily suspended it.
God can also temporarilysuspend the law of causality, in
this case because Davidconfessed.

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What did Nathan tell him?
You shall not die.
According to the Torah, foradultery or murder you are
supposed to face the deathpenalty.
But because he confessed,nathan told David you shall not
die.
But David was a warrior, and asa warrior he fought many

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successful wars, but after thisinstance he had only one
successful war against theAmmonites.
He never had another successfulwar after.
In fact, he was driven intoexile by his own family and his
country descended into civil war.
Uriah had died because ofDavid's sin and now death would

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come into David's house.
Four of David's sons died.
God will forgive your sin if youask, but the scars may remain.
Let's say that you went to TacoBell last night for a

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late-night snack.
About 30 minutes later you felta rumbling in your stomach.
By the way, is there any TacoBell owner here?
Just so I don't?
Okay, great, because I canalways switch to some other
password place.
Let's say that when you heardthe rumbling in your stomach,

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even if you ask forgiveness fromGod and went back to the Taco
Bell manager and askedforgiveness, that doesn't mean
the rumbling in your stomach isgonna go away.
If we spend all our time doingunnecessary stuff and wasting
our time and energy doingnonsense and then we end up in a

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place where we are not supposedto be, we can ask forgiveness,
but that doesn't mean all thetime and the energy that we
wasted will be completelyrestored If you took your credit
card and you bought everythingyou saw on Amazon and you were
neck deep in debt with no moneyto pay back.

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Simply asking forgivenessdoesn't mean that your balance
is gonna fill up to pay for thecredit, isn't it?
If we were promiscuous in ouryouth and we had progeny as a
result, that will not go awayjust because we confess and ask
forgiveness.
And if we have problems withrelationships because of the

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things we did in our past, itdoesn't mean that everything
will be fixed just because wecome to God and ask forgiveness.
Many times the scars remain.
God may forgive us, but thescars remain.
That is why we tell our youngpeople not to use the freedom

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that they have to do whateverthey want, because actions have
consequences and the scarsremain.
Let me ask you a couple ofquestions.
Is it possible that some of thetroubles we are going through

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today is because they are finiteconsequences of something we
did in the past?
Let me ask you a secondquestion.
Is it possible that we aredoing something today against

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our better judgment and becausewe don't understand the
seriousness of sin that willresult in finite consequences in
the future?
Forgiveness need not remove allthe consequences.
I wish I could tell yousomething else, but any finite

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consequence pales in comparisonwith two things it pales in
comparison with what it wouldhave been if we did not confess
and it pales in comparison withthe infinite consequences of sin
.

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The second thing that happenswhen we confess is restoration
of the infinite consequence ispromised.
Restoration of the infiniteconsequence is promised In 1
John 1, verse 9.
It reads If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and
will forgive us our sins andcleanse us from all

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unrighteousness.
Asking God to forgive us willcleanse us of our guilty
conscience, will cleanse us ofour guilt and our shame and will
restore the relationship withGod.
In verse 12 David writesRestore to me the joy of your
salvation.
How much does God hate sin?

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He hates it so much that hewould rather have his son die
than for his people to do onemore sin.
Let me end with a story.
Peter Wang was a 15-year-oldstudent at the Marjory Douglas

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High School in Florida.
He was a member of the ReserveOfficers' Training Corps and
dreamed of becoming a soldier.
At the age of 15, he wasaccepted at the US Military
Academy at West Point.
How is it possible that a15-year-old could be admitted

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and recognized by this veryprestigious academy.
On February 14, 2018, a massshooting occurred at his school
in Parkland Florida.
17 children were killed and 14others were injured in an event,
making it one of the world'sworst school massacres.

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Peter Wang was one of them.
He was one of the victims wheneverybody else was running when
the gunshots started, Peter Wangstood and held the door open so
that his classmates couldescape, and as he held the door

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open, he took in more bulletsthan any other victim that day,
including one to the head.
Ladies and gentlemen, 2,000years ago, jesus held the door
open for you and me to come intoa personal relationship with

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him, and as he held that dooropen, he took upon his body
every infinite consequence ofevery human being on earth, and
that is why we can come into apersonal relationship with him
and that is why we don't have toface the infinite consequences
of sin.
I want to give the opportunityfor two groups of people to

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respond to this sermon.
If there's anyone here whowants to genuinely confess for
things that we have done andplan to change for the future,
you can stand up and we willpray together.
Secondly, if there's anyone whowants to confess and, for the

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very first time, wants to comeinto a personal relationship
with Jesus, you can also standup and we will pray together.
If there's anyone here who'snever invited Jesus into your
life, jesus came, he lived aperfect life, he died a cruel,

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sacrificial death on your behalf, in mine, and he rose again on
the third day.
You can pray something like thisif it's a prayer that comes
from the bottom of your heart,god will answer it.
You can say Dear Lord Jesus, Iam a sinner and I deserve the

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infinite consequence of sin.
Thank you for your life, thankyou for your death, thank you
for your resurrection, thank youfor the promise of eternal life
.
I confess my sin, I repent ofmy sin.
I ask you to come into my lifeand make me complete.

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Help me to live a life that isworthy of you.
Heavenly Father, I pray for therest of us who knew what needed
to be done and yet, many times,we've done the thing that we
should not have.
We knew better, we were taughtbetter, we knew how it

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displeased you and yet, for ourown sakes, we continue to do
what we should not have.
I ask you to forgive us andcleanse us and blot our sin from
the permanent record.
Purify us and create in us aclean heart of God.

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We repent of our sins.
Give us the strength to changefor the future.
Help us to seek after you andlive for you.
In Jesus' name, I pray, amen.
I'm going to ask the rest of usto stand up for a final

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benediction.
There will be the prayer teamup front.
If anybody wants prayer, you'rewelcome to come up front and
they will pray with you Now,with the grace of our Lord Jesus
Christ, and the love of God theFather, and the sweet
fellowship of the Holy Spirit bewith us, both now and
forevermore.
Amen, thank you.
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