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Session 1

How to experience true change

Read: Mark 1:1-8

When LeBron James, one of the NBA’s top basketball players, returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, local fans rejoiced and even printed T-shirts with the word “Forgiven.”

LeBron had been playing for the Miami Heat, which never sat well with local fans. If LeBron would have stayed in Miami but said he missed home, his words would have been meaningless. But when he returned to the Cavs, a team based an hour north of his hometown, fans in Ohio knew he meant what he said. 

The difference between LeBron wanting to return to the Cavaliers and actually doing it is the same as the difference between wanting to repent of sin and actually doing it. In Mark 1:4, John proclaimed “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Confession is admitting our sin; repentance is turning from sin. Confession is part of repentance, but changed behavior makes our words genuine.

When we ask Jesus into our lives, we receive the Holy Spirit, who helps us change and repent of our sin. The Holy Spirit guides us by prompting us to reach out when we’re struggling, to respond to a sermon, or to read the Bible.

The Holy Spirit will always give us the guidance and ability we need to take our next step. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can say no to temptation and turn from our sin.

Reflect:

  • What have you been talking about doing that you need to take action on?
  • Is there a sin you’re constantly confessing but never beating? What step do you need to take today to move from wanting to change to making a change?
  • Is Jesus calling the shots in your life? If you haven’t asked him to take control and given him control, you don’t have the power to turn from sin. Do you need to ask Jesus into your life?

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How to experience true change

How to experience true change

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Why baptism matters for you

Why baptism matters for you

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3

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

Do you want to be closer to Jesus?

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4

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

Do you see Jesus as a healer?

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Why does time with Jesus matter?

Why does time with Jesus matter?

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What does faith look like?

What does faith look like?

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You don’t have to clean up first

You don’t have to clean up first

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What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

What is the Sabbath and why does it matter?

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How to do life with others like Jesus did

How to do life with others like Jesus did

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Is your top commitment to Jesus?

Is your top commitment to Jesus?

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Are you growing good soil?

Are you growing good soil?

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Your story is powerful and important

Your story is powerful and important

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How to combat fear with faith

How to combat fear with faith

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How has Jesus changed your whole life?

How has Jesus changed your whole life?

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Why your faith is important

Why your faith is important

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How to believe even when it’s hard to see

How to believe even when it’s hard to see

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What to do when you face an impossible task

What to do when you face an impossible task

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Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

Don’t let distraction stop you from seeing the miracle

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Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

Life with Jesus is more than a list of rules

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Are your beliefs based on experience?

Are your beliefs based on experience?

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When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

When it’s time to stop asking for a sign

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Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

Sometimes, saying no is the best yes

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What happens when you go to God in prayer

What happens when you go to God in prayer

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You are a vital part of the church family

You are a vital part of the church family

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What Jesus said you should do with sin

What Jesus said you should do with sin

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Who do you lean on the most?

Who do you lean on the most?

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How to know what you really value

How to know what you really value

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Tired of not getting your way?

Tired of not getting your way?

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You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

You have a brand, but do you know what it is?

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The greatest of all the commandments is love

The greatest of all the commandments is love

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It’s OK to want to be blessed

It’s OK to want to be blessed

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How to survive the end of the world

How to survive the end of the world

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You’re one of the bad guys

You’re one of the bad guys

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Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

Why communion is a powerful symbol of our faith

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When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

When you are weak, Jesus makes you strong

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Are you scared of sharing your faith?

Are you scared of sharing your faith?

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Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

Does fear drive you to deny Jesus?

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You don’t have to make everyone happy

You don’t have to make everyone happy

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39

You are not alone in your suffering

You are not alone in your suffering

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Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

Some things are too important to worry about fitting in

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What the resurrection did for you

What the resurrection did for you

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