Tonight's sermon continued the lesson of David's sin with Bathsheba but Pastor JD approached it from the standpoint of what David did after he sinned and was rebuked by Nathan the prophet. I'd never heard it put quite like this and I was stunned with his words.
He started by listing the 4 typical responses when approached by our sin:
1. Hide it or deny it
2. Rationalize or explain it
4. Repent, just throw ourselves on the mercy of God.
He went on to describe what Gospel-centered repentance looks like:
1. Its sole hope is the mercy of God. Is God's mercy enough to get you to heaven? It's the only thing that can.
2. It owns that the sin we committed is deeply inherent. We didn't have to train to become the depraved sinners that we are. It is a natural thing.
3. It is first directed toward God.
a. David realized his sin begin as a sin against God.
b. God was the most significant one he sinned against.
4. It cries out for the gospel. It seeks the coming of Jesus and his redemption.
5. It embraces the future redemption by the gospel.
6. It responds to the gospel.
Pastor JD used the illustration of the adulterous woman who was brought before Jesus with a crowd ready to stone her and He wrote a message in the sand that caused the crowd to disband without harming the woman. Jesus said "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more." Her forgiveness was not based on her works but her works from then on would be based on His forgiveness.