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Total Nakedness

Naked people can stop hiding and be clothed in Christ's righteousness.

Introduction

We're in a series called The Great Experiment, talking about human life with God. This is the main thrust of the Bible. God wants to be with us. We were created to walk with God. We were made for a "with God" life, but sin entered the world. We wanted to be the lord of our own lives. We convinced ourselves that if we could be God instead of letting God be God, we would be better off. So we rebelled against God. We sinned against God. We separated ourselves from God. We ran, and we hid from God.

The Bible says God never gave up on the human race. He never gave up on you. He didn't give up on me. He never gave up on this dream to be with his people. All throughout the Bible, we find this little phrase of hope: with God. God is with Abraham. God is with Isaac. God is with Moses. God is with David. Then one day we're told a baby is born. His name is Immanuel, which means "God with us." The apostle Paul says God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them.

In other words, the great news of the gospel is that God was paving a way into his presence. In light of this truth, Paul says, "We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:20-21). Because of Jesus, it is now possible to plunge ourselves into God's love, to plunge ourselves into his grace, to plunge ourselves into his mercy, and to plunge ourselves into his presence.

We said, "If this is true, let's run an experiment. Let's test it out." Here's the experiment: How many moments of my life can I fill with conscious awareness of and full surrender to God's presence?

Today we're going to ...

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Kevin Kim is a teaching pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California, and campus minister at Menlo's San Mateo site.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. The need for confession

II. The theology of nakedness

III. The promise of Christ's covering

IV. The process of uncovering our sin

Conclusion