FBC E-Blast - November 18, 2019
FBC E-Blast

November 18, 2019

Genuine Repentance - II Corinthians 7

Because we desire to be more like Jesus, we make resolutions, ask Him to help us, and try to behave differently. Yet despite our best efforts to do things God's way, we slide back into old habits. Frustrated, we may ask Him, "Why can't I change?" The reason is, overcoming sinful attitudes and behaviors starts with genuine repentance, which has three aspects.

Conviction. The Holy Spirit will reveal the areas in which we've sinned and convict us of wrongdoing. Through Scripture, the Spirit shows us God's standard and what needs to change. Repentance begins with understanding where we have gone astray.

Contrition. The next step - grieving over our iniquity - is followed by confession to the Lord. Genuine sorrow arises from the knowledge that we've sinned against Him. In contrast, human unhappiness often comes from being caught misbehaving. Other times we are miserable because of where our choices led us, or feel shame that people know about our sin. True contrition is followed by humble confession.

Commitment to act. Real repentance is complete when we wholeheartedly pledge to turn from our old behavior and move toward righteous ways. God knows we won't live perfectly, but He looks for a surrendered heart that diligently seeks to obey Him.

Paul used strong language when telling us to turn from iniquity: "Put to death... whatever belongs to your earthly nature" (Colossians 3:5 NIV). What sin are you struggling to overcome? Have you genuinely repented, committing to turn from it permanently? Let the Holy Spirit empower you to change.

Current Sermon Series
      It can be difficult to believe in a God we cannot see. We wonder why God didn't answer our prayers, why God allows suffering, or why we can't feel His presence. God may not meet all your expectations - but that's good news! Find out why in this series: I Want to Believe, But...
      In this series, we'll look at four different versions of "God" which don't exist - they're fabrications people often want to believe about the nature of God. But when we start to put God in a box, we create our own ideas about Him and what He's supposed to do for us. We will look at the On-Demand God, Killjoy God, Goosebumps God, and Heartless God

Last Week:
      Some people think that we should "feel" God at all times. He doesn't work that way. Why might we not feel Him? We may be oversensationalizing it, or our hearts might be hardened, or it might be that God wants to draw us closer to Him.
      Sunday's message is usually available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will conclude our series I Want to Believe, But... by looking into how God is not a Heartless God.

Upcoming Events

November 18-24 - Operation Christmas Child Collection. There are boxes available for free in the church foyer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lori Weber.

November 24 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following AM Worship service

November 26 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

November 27 - NO Wednesday Night Service

December 1 - NO Carry-in Fellowship Dinner

December 7 - Ladies' Ornament Exchange at the church at 11 AM.

December 8 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

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    Midway, PA   15060
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