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Sabbath Services

Christ’s shed blood paid the note of debt for our sins. Baptism washes us of those sins. However, baptism and the laying on of hands are but the first step in living a life committed to God. Passover is a yearly reminder of the oath we made at baptism. As the affianced bride of Christ, we are to spiritually prepare long-term for the return of Jesus Christ and in the short-term, for the yearly Passover. True Christians must live a life of daily self-examination and repentance. As Paul said, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” We are up against every form of evil Satan has to offer, and yet we are to overcome to be worthy to spend eternity with Christ. We will never grow and change if we are not honest in our evaluation of our progress and about our place in God’s plan. Mr. Fritts goes through Psalm 51, David’s psalm of repentance, and the events that led to his confession (the Uriah and Bathsheba incident). Next, we spend some time in Daniel and in Nehemiah, learning from two more stellar examples of true repentance. The remainder of the sermon is spent discussing a few key concepts in overcoming: (1) We see what it means to confess our sins. (2) We garnish an understanding of God’s mercy and forgiveness that always follows true repentance. (3) We see how self-examination is carried out, and what to do if your sins are not readily apparent to you. (4) God gives us a spiritual family so that we might bear with one another. What exactly does this mean for us? The Passover is less than two weeks away; are we crying out to God in humility and honest self-reflection, endeavoring to change and be more like our heavenly Father?