Galatians 6:14 (NIV) “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:1–2, 6-11 (NIV) Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God…You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Exodus 34:6-7 (ESV) “The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
Leviticus 6:7 (NIV) “In this way the priest will make atonement for them before the LORD, and they will be forgiven for any of the things they did that made them guilty.”
Hebrews 9:11-14 (CSB) But Christ has appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation), he entered the most holy place once for all time, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption…How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we can serve the living God?
Romans 3:22-25 (CSB) The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith.
1 John 2:2 (NAS) He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
1 John 1:7-9 (CSB) If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Hebrew 8:12 (CSB) “I will forgive their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins.”
Romans 8:1, 31-35, 38-39 (CSB) There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?… For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When do you recall feeling really guilty the first time?
What’s your reaction to the distinction Pastor Steve drew between “real” (objective, factual) guilt and “false” (subjective feelings) guilt? How can this awareness be helpful to someone?
Of the four numbered points in this message, which did you find to be the most intriguing? Surprising or confusing? Encouraging? Hardest to really accept? How could you have really used or really needed these ideas in times of failure in the past?
Read Romans 5:1-2, 6-11; 8:1, 31-34. What is the good news in these verses to someone suffering from guilt? How could you use these verses and your own experience of their truths to encourage a friend who confessed their feelings of guilt & shame over their past?
What’s the most helpful or useful idea that you’ve been thinking about from this message? Is there a scripture from the message that has especially been impacting your heart & mind? What do you intend to do differently because of this message? How can your group pray for or support you in this?
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A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.