Message Monday 11/09/15 – The Sacraments – Confession

Jon Taylor – Lead Pastor

Oh, the games we play in our own hearts and minds. We think we can sin and get away with it. Or that God might not have seen that one. Or at least it wasn’t as bad as someone else’s sin. Or we just can’t admit that we sin.

We need to learn the discipline of acknowledging our sins and confessing them to God and to a trusted friend. To learn to say like the psalmist in Psalm 41:4 – “O Lord, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

Our big idea for this week was this: confession is sharing your deepest weaknesses and failures with God and others you trust, so that you may enter God’s grace and mercy and experience His ready forgiveness and healing.

God convicts us of sin through His Word, through the Holy Spirit, and through other people. Witness David when confronted by Nathan in 2 Samuel 12. When confronted with his sin, he has the only appropriate response for any of us: “I have sinned against the Lord.”

When we confess sin, we are back in right relationship with God, and we can deal with the physical and relational consequences that we experience with unconfessed sin.

I want to challenge you and encourage you to confess sin to God and to a trusted friend so you can experience forgiveness, healing, mercy, grace and cleansing.

(See Psalm 51; Psalm 32:5; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9)

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