Sermons

Only the Broken (Psalm 51; 2 Samuel 12)

ONLY THE BROKEN
PSALM 51
2 SAMUEL 12

Those who admit that they are spiritually broken and ask for mercy find cleansing and are made whole.

I.    SIN DESTROYS LIVES AND RELATIONSHIPS (VV. 4, 8-11)
    A.    The Price of Sin (Leviticus 20:10; 24:17; Num 35:20-22, 30-31; Deuteronomy 19:11)
    B.    Broken Relationships and Hidden Faces (vv. 4, 8-11)
    C.    The Lost Son (2 Samuel 12:13-17)

II.    REPENTANCE EXPOSES ALL AND HIDES NOTHING (VV. 1-17)
    A.    I Am Wholly Sinful (v. 5)
    B.    I Will Not Hide it from Myself, God, or Others (vv. 3-6, 13-17)
    C.    I Need to Be Washed and Reconciled (vv. 1-2, 7-12)
    D.    Make Me Wholly New (v. 10; 2 Corinthians 5:7)

III.    RECONCILIATION COMES THROUGH DEATH (VV. 7-10, 18-19)
    A.    Purge Me with Hyssop (v. 7)
    B.    Only the Broken are Made New (vv. 8-9, 17-19)
    C.    The Given Son (v. 7)

DISCUSSION STARTERS

1.    Monday—What the danger in being overly familiar with stories like David’s sin with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11-12)? What were the sins that he committed? What did each of these deserve under God’s law?
2.    Tuesday—Is sin simply something you do or does it describe who you are at the core of your being? (Psalm 51:5) If sin is something you are, not just something you do, what is your only hope of being able to enter into heaven? (Psalm 51:10)
3.    Wednesday—Did God simply forget about David’s sin and the death it deserved? (2 Samuel 12:13-14) What does the death of his son teach us about how forgiveness is obtained?
4.    Thursday—What does it mean that Jesus is our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7)?
5.    Friday—What does it mean that it is only the broken who are made new? Does this mean that there are some people who aren’t broken and don’t need healing?