sermon notes

Title: STARTING OVER: 3-Redeeming Your Regrets (Jan 21) 

Big Idea: In order to fully exit the Sorry Cycle and start over, we need to allow God to redeem our regrets, trusting him to make something good out of them.

Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:24-25, 1 Kings 1:28-30, Romans 8:28, Isaiah 64:4



We all have regrets. 


Recognizing (Step #1) them isn’t enough.


We have to release (Step #2) them through forgiveness. 


“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.” (Psalm 51:1)


This series is all about breaking the “Sorry Cycle” and moving beyond regret. 


Today we’re talking about the THIRD step in starting over: REDEEM Your Regrets.


God wants to take your story of regret and turn it into a story of redemption too. 


Redemption is allowing God to take our greatest pain and use them for His greater good. 


“And we know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)


Your WORST moments are where God can do his BEST work.



Please turn to 2 Samuel 12 and lets pick up where we left off last Sunday with the STARTING OVER story of David. 


  • He came from obscurity
  • An improbable military victory
  • He wrote most of the book of Psalms
  • His life was not without some SERIOUS regrets…adultery, lies, murder…


Davids life is a beautiful picture of what it looks like to have your regrets redeemed.


2 Samuel 12:24-25, “Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him; and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah”


“Solomon” means “God’s peace.” 

“Jedidiah,” means “God’s beloved.”


“As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.” 1 Kings 1:29b-30  


God redeemed David’s regrets through the birth of Solomon.



3 truths about how God redeems our regrets.


Truth #1:  Redemption is Something God Wants To Do. 


The original Greek word for “redeem” means “to rescue.”  


Truth #2:  Redemption Takes Many Forms


Finding Your Way Back to God.


Spiritual Growth


Rescheduling


Redirection.


A Chance to Bless Others.


Truth #3:  Redemption Requires Us to Take the Long View


The Bible is full of stories of people waited a long time, but God worked in his time to redeem.


Starting Over begins with a decision. 


This is for everyone. No matter who you are, no matter what you’re holding onto, you can live a life beyond regret. But before you can Start Over you first need to make a decision. 


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