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3.3 A Clean Heart

Scripture Focus: Psalm 51:1–3 The Lesson in Context To describe sin, some have used the metaphor of archers shooting arrows at a target. One might miss the bullseye by only a couple inches, and another might miss by several feet. However, the result is the same: the target has been missed, and the archer has failed the assignment. Similarly, any sin can cause us to miss the target and can separate us from God. Fortunately, no matter our sin, we boldly can bring all sin to Jesus Christ, the one who paid the price for all of them. The Old Covenant did make distinctions between sins, and the priests offered different sacrifices for different sins. However, when Christ died for our sins, He “offered one sacrifice for sins for ever” (Hebrews 10:12); the work was completed. Now we can come boldly before Him, repent, and receive forgiveness for our sins. Group Discussion 1. What steps do you take to prevent yourself from being in tempting situations? When you are tempted, how do you escape? 2. Have you ever used Psalm 51 as a model prayer to guide you in repentance? Why or why not? What are some elements of this psalm that you can incorporate into your prayer life? 3. When God delivered you from sin and filled you with His Holy Spirit, what were some positive things God put into your life in place of your former sin? Explain. 4. Think back on the first time you remember repenting. What words would you use to describe that experience? If you have been in the church a long time, think about your prayers of repentance recently. How have your prayers changed? 5. If you have already experienced the power of repentance, what are some things God has restored in your life? Are there things you thought you had lost that He gave back?

HE WHO SITS ON THE THRONE - 02JAN22

January 2, 2022 • L.J. Harry - PPH • Revelation 22:1–3

LESSON BIG IDEA I will worship the one God who sits on the throne. FOCUS VERSES Revelation 22:1–3 1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him. LESSON TEXT Revelation 21:1–5, 9–13, 21–27; 22:1–5 TRUTH ABOUT GOD Throughout Revelation, God and the Lamb are identified as one and the same.

I AM - 26DEC21

December 26, 2021 • L.J. Harry - PPH • John 8:58

LESSON BIG IDEA I will call on the name of Jesus, recognizing I am calling on the one God of the Bible. FOCUS VERSES John 8:58- Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. LESSON TEXT John 8:39–59 TRUTH ABOUT GOD The Lord revealed Himself to Moses and to the first- century Jews as I AM.

REJOICING WITH GREAT JOY - 19DEC21

December 19, 2021 • L.J. Harry - PPH • Luke 2:10–11

LESSON BIG IDEA I will embrace the joy Jesus gives because He was born to be my Savior. FOCUS VERSES Luke 2:10–11 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. LESSON TEXT Matthew 2:7–12; Luke 2:1–20 TRUTH ABOUT GOD God manifested Himself in flesh to save us from our sins.