Monday, February 28, 2005

Freedom of Forgiveness

Was talking to a good friend tonight and was reminded of this sermon. I am reposting it here from Metamorpho 1.0 not only to make it easier to find, but to remind others of the fact that only God can remove our shame and guilt as we try to deal with sin. What follows is what I originally posted.

This chapel message I believe is very helpful. If there are any men (or women) reading this topic who perhaps have in some way lost their purity of heart, mind, or body, this sermon will be incredibly helpful in showing you the liberating power of what it means to be a Christian and how to begin to get out from the bondage of that sin.

Dr. Bob Loggans (Pastor Calvary Baptist Church, Watertown, WI; Professor of Pastoral Life and Ministry, Maranatha Baptist Bible College)

2/28/2005 Chapel @ Maranatha Baptist Bible College

1 John 1:8-10

Freedom of Forgiveness

I. Our Sinful Condition

  • If we deny our sinfulness, we deny the truths of God’s Word.
  • If we deny the consequences of our sin, we deny the truths of God’s Word.
  • Jesus is the revealer of our sinfulness.
  • When the truth is not in us, we are not empty, but rather we are full of everything which is NOT truth.

II. Our Specific Confession

  • We must admit, over our pride, that it’s wrong. We need to turn away and ask God to forgive us.
  • All sins must be confessed privately before God.
  • All sins must be confessed publicly as far as the knowledge of that sin goes.

III. Our Certain Consequences

  • Forgive = Literally “to remove” or “send away.”
  • God takes it away when we ask Him.
  • When God removes that sin, He removes it forever so that Satan has no power to bring that act back to haunt and disrupt the peace of the believer.


1) How’s your walk?

2)Are you sensitive to sin?

3) Do you seek the freedom only forgiveness brings?