- Dr. Ed Stetzer
- The Joy of the Gospel, Together
- 10:00 a.m.
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The Power Of A Clear Conscience
Many Christians find it impossible to move forward in serving the Lord because of a nagging conscience, either because of their personal failures or because of the guilt inherited from their upbringing. Because they have a heart that condemns them, they find it difficult to have confidence in God and His promises.
This sermon series seeks to explain how to apply the promises of God to free us from the real guilt of our offences and also the false guilt that others expect us to bear. We will learn how to have a clear conscience toward God, but also toward others. We will answer questions about the unpardonable sin and the subject of how to break cycles of sin that often beset us.
The goal of these messages is that we might experience joy that overflows from a heart that daily experiences the deep assurance of God’s forgiveness and love for us all. With a clear conscience we can relate to others with freedom and sleep in peace.
Guilt/Shame often does not belong to us, but we bear the shame of others. As we consider the following sequence of experiences, let us pray that God will give us freedom from our past.
God wants us to have a “good conscience” that is, a conscience that does not condemn us in God’s presence and in the presence of others. Repeated sin defiles the conscience.
We are (1) prone to addictions and (2) there are many causes of addictions and (3) cycles of failure thrive with accessibility, secrecy, deception, escape, hopelessness and shame.
Jesus spoke of the religious leaders of His day as being slaves to sin. Freedom comes by hard truths
By nature we love darkness rather than light. Hiding is our default response; and yet, in the presence of God, nothing is hidden. Here are the steps we need to take to walk in the light.
Martin Luther struggled with life’s most important question: on what basis can a sinner stand justified in the presence of a holy, uncompromising God? Here are several truths we must remember:
From Hebrews 12: 12-17, we learn that (1) bitterness has roots and (2) bitterness spreads. The bottom line: what you don’t forgive, you pass on, and your own conscience is defiled. From Ephesians 4: 29-32 ,we are told all these things must be “put away.”
How can we clear our conscience with those whom we have wronged? Our aim (1) should always be reconciliation and restitution (2) and we are assured that Jesus is present to assist us, and (3) a side benefit is the ultimate crushing of our pride and receiving grace.