Most Baptists these days don't do a lot of group confession, but this week we learned why confessing together is a powerful part of our restoration.
We confess in order to worship
Confession is part of our worship for at least two reasons. First, it involves remembering and acknowledging all God's gracious action in the past and having faith that He will continue to act in love and grace in the future. Second, confession helps us to take a properly humble position before our Lord. We cannot worship God rightly with sin living in our hearts, and we can't hold onto pride and acknowledge God's greatness at the same time. Therefore, confession is a key component in worship.
We confess in order to obey
Simply put, confession is an act of obedience. God wants us to come to Him with our sins and struggles . Does He know such things already? Of course! But 1 John 1:9 tells us that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." Confession is an important component of the restoration process.
We confess in order to repent
Confession isn't like a fad diet that we can return to every time we want to lose a couple of pounds. Confession and repentance is a lifestyle (like good, healthy eating habits.) The goal is for us to turn away from our sins and live rightly, by God's grace.
Questions to Ask:
What do I need to confess in order to worship God rightly?
Am I confessing in obedience to God?
When confessing as a church, am I paying attention to what God wants me to confess, or am I distracted by judging others and thinking about their sins?
Is repentance a fad diet or a lifestyle change for me?
Join us Sunday, March 13, for the last installment in our Nehemiah series!