Worship Service August 8, 2021

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Sanctuary & online - 9AM and Outside - 10:45

Aug. 08, 2021

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“Guilt Is…No Longer My Master”  

Matthew 15:17–20; Proverbs 4:23; Romans 8:1–4

1. Introduction:  

     a. What would you do if you knew you could get away with it?

     b. When external constraints and fear are removed our ____________ are exposed.

     c. Culture/Life teach us to monitor and edit our ____________ but not our hearts.  

     d. Even worse, our culture encourages us to follow our ____________.

“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person.”

Matthew 15:17–20

     e. What’s already in there determines what comes out. When we get shaken, our hearts are ____________.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23

     f. What’s in your heart will spill out on those ____________ to you.

     g. Guarding our hearts involves cleaning ____________ out as well as keeping them out.

2. Guilt:

     a. Guilt is the emotion associated with acknowledging we’ve done something wrong.

          i. ____________ Guilt: the guilt you feel without actually being guilty.

          ii. ____________ Guilt: the guilt you feel because you are guilty.

     b. Denying it or being defined by it ____________ it.

     c. Guilt throws you off balance and can easily become the ____________ of you.  

          i. Guilt creates a ____________ and debtor relationship between us and ourselves and/or between us and others.  

          ii. Every wrong against another person is an act of theft.  

          iii. We take something from them, so we ____________. “I owe her an apology.” “I don’t know how I can make it up to them.”

          iv. However, we don’t experience guilt as a debt, rather we experience guilt as a weight.

          v. It’s weight that throws us off ____________. That’s why when we get rid of it; we feel better or lighter. “I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me.”

          vi. Guilt is a weight we carry ____________.  

     d. When we carry guilt and bury it, it evolves into anger, and we become angry with ourselves and with others.

          i. We didn’t live up to our own ____________.

          ii. Now, ____________ else can live up to our expectations.

          iii. Guilty people rarely make this connection, so they never put their finger on the source of their anger.

          iv. Their ____________ disappear into the recesses of their hearts while everybody else’s failures are plain to see.

     e. Those of us who refuse to face it, do so for good reason—To face it is to stand ____________.  

          i. We attempt to create a plausible story and move on.  

          ii. However, the past wasn’t designed to be left ____________.

          iii. Good News: We ____________ have to be defined by it and we don’t have to deny it.  

3. Jesus’ Alternative (Romans 8:1-4):

     a. Written by the Apostle Paul, a man who likely had more ____________ than everyone here combined.  

     b. He heard the cries of men and women he had arrested and executed.  

     c. He faced their relatives and documented his ____________.  

     d. It was forever part of his story, but it wasn’t the ____________ story.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation…

          i. There is a space, a place, where the actual past is neither forgotten nor condemning; a place where the past is faced and embraced, but not erased.

for those who are in Christ Jesus,

because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law was powerless to do…

          ii. The only thing the law (federal, state, personal, marital) can do is condemn and punish…the ____________ underscores your guilt.

God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.

          iii. Divine condemnation…Self-condemnation…All condemnation

          iv. You are guilty, but not ____________ but when I see you, I don’t see that!

And so He condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us.

     e. God chooses to love and listen to us as if it had ____________ happened. We’re guilty because we did it, but not condemned because Jesus took our condemnation.

4. Conclusion:  Guilty, But Not Condemned!

     a. You ____________ the right to condemn yourself because you are not yours to condemn.

          i. You’re not your own. Guilt and condemnation are no longer your master. You have a master, so tell the voice of shame, “Yes, I’m guilty, but not condemned so I have no right to condemn myself.”

          ii. Your guilt will ____________ you, but not define you.

     b. You forfeit the right to condemn others because that would make you a ____________.

          i. You are perfectly positioned to love the ____________ and forgive the unforgivable. You’ve freely received, so how can you not freely give?  

          ii. You are free to make restitution without expectations and without excuses.

     c. We fear the consequences of ____________ more than the consequences of concealment.

          i. That’s a mistake which makes guilt, shame, and denial the ____________ of us.

          ii. My past will remind me; it will not ____________ me.

     d. ____________, you are no longer the master of me!