Posts Tagged ‘Confession

16
Jun
16

The Biblical Plan Of Salvation

The message from Griffith First Christian Church from June 5, 2016.

13
May
16

Confessing Your Praise

He who conceals his sins does not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. — Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word that is translated as “confesses” in Proverbs 28:13 is a word that is most often used in connection with praising God with a Thanksgiving offering.  It is used to confess what God has done and to thank Him for all that He has done.  In the New Testament, the word translated “confess” in 1 John 1:9 is also connected with praise.  How can this be?
I believe that the confession of sin (the fact that we are sinners and do, in fact, sin against God and others) and the merciful forgiveness of sin is instantaneous.  We do not take a number (confess) and wait for God to call that number (forgive us) like we are waiting in line at the deli.  God mercifully forgives us over and over and over again.  His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).  The immediate response to our confession is immediate forgiveness and our immediate response should be thankful praise.  There is no going to our room to think about what we’ve done while we wait to see of God will forgive us.  God doesn’t need to think about it!  He is ready, willing and able to forgive in mercy!
Perhaps our prayer of confession should look something like this:
Father, I am a sinner and I have sinned against You.  I thank You and praise You for the forgiveness that I now receive through Your Son, Jesus Christ.
What about you?  Do you have a hard time accepting God’s forgiveness?  How do you confess your sins/sinfulness to God?  How does the intersection of confession and praise work in your life?
09
Feb
16

Agreeing With God

1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
​To confess means to admit together or to acknowledge.  Confessing our sins is not just admitting that we’ve done something wrong.  It is agreeing with God that we have sinned.  God knows that we have sinned.  He knows what we have done because He is God.  He is all-knowing.  God is not surprised when we confess to Him that we are sinners and that we have sinned.  He knows about every lustful thought, every obscene word and every time we have lost our temper.  He sees us at our very worst.  He is not shocked when we confess our sins to Him.  When we admit that we are sinners, we are agreeing with God.  In Romans 3:23, God tells us what we are – sinners who have fallen short of His glorious purpose for our lives.  The Apostle John says that if we say that we are not sinners, we are liars, which makes us sinners.  But if we come to God and admit our sins and acknowledge the fact that we are sinners, God will faithfully forgive us because of His Son, Jesus.
When we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ by believing in Him, turning away from a sinful life in repentance, confessing our faith in Jesus and being baptized, our sins are washed away and we are filled with the Holy Spirit.  God wipes the slate clean and then coats it with Teflon.  We are, as Paul said in Galatians, clothed with Christ and the Father no longer sees us as wretched sinners, but instead He sees us dressed in the righteousness of His Son.  What a wonderful thought!  God is faithful to forgive.  He wants to forgive our sins and not hold them against us or treat us as our sins deserve.  It all starts with agreeing with His assessment of the situation.  We are sinners in need of His grace.  He delights in lavishing us with His loving grace and forgiving our many sins.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess to You that I have sinned.  I know that I am a sinner whose only hope is Your grace and mercy.  I thank You that You have forgiven me through Your Son, Jesus.  I can’t make it without You.  Thank You for not giving up on me.  Amen.
17
Jul
15

The Increase of Grace

The law was added so that the trespass might increase.  But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. — Romans 5:20-21 (NIV)

This morning I have been listening to the song Only Grace by Matthew West.  Then I read Paul’s words in Romans 5 and realize that grace is really all I need.  God’s unmerited favor towards me is that which is most essential.  My salvation is not dependent on my righteousness, but by Christ being the sinless sacrifice that paid for my sins.  I have been ransomed and redeemed by the grace of God.  It is God’s grace that saves me from my wickedness and sinfulness.  It is His grace that makes salvation possible through such simple means.  I can’t earn it or be good enough for it or buy it.  Salvation is by God’s grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is a wonderful gift of love that God desires to give to everyone.

My sins have been washed away in the blood of Jesus Christ because of the loving grace of God.  I have the hope and promise of eternal life because of God’s grace.  What hope do you have?  Have you received God’s loving gift of grace?  The Bible teaches a very simple plan of salvation.

  1. Believe – Ephesians 2:8 – we are saved by grace through faith
  2. Repent – 2 Corinthians 7:10 – Godly sorrow leads to repentance which leads to salvation and life
  3. Confess – Romans 10:9-10 – we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths and we are saved
  4. Be Baptized – Acts 2:38 – Repent and be baptized…for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit

May God lead you by His grace into salvation and eternal life!  If you are looking for a church in your area to get plugged into, try this link and enter in your zip code or city/state information.  Blessings!

-Shawn

08
Jun
15

The Saving Work Of Jesus Christ

The letter to the churches in the region of Galatia has one major focus – grace.  Grace is God’s unmerited favor and love toward sinful human beings.  In verse 3 of chapter 1, Paul greets the churches in Galatia with a wish for “grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:3, NIV).  He then goes on to describe Christ’s saving work on the cross in verse 4.
It was Jesus who gave Himself for our sins.  Jesus willingly laid down His life for the sins of humanity.  He said in John 10:

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. – John 10:11 (NIV)

Then, in verses 17-18:

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.​ – John 10:17-18 (NIV)​

Jesus was willing to give up His own life for a world full of sinful, rebellious people.  Not only was it the will of Jesus, but the will of God the Father.  Isaiah 53:10 (NIV) says:
​…​it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer​…
It was not the will of the Jews or the Romans that caused Jesus’ suffering.  It was the will of the Father.  There was no other way that we could be saved.  It is only through the saving work of Jesus that He accomplished on the cross.  His work is sufficient.  There is nothing we can do to add to it.  We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ expressed in belief, repentance, public confession and baptism.  We need to stop trying to save ourselves by being good enough or going to church or sitting on a theological high horse looking down on everyone else.  We must simply accept this offer of salvation made by God the Father through God the Son, Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory, honor, power and majesty forever and ever, amen.

Galatians 1:1-5 (NIV)

Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me,

To the churches in Galatia:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

04
Aug
14

Confession

The latest sermon from Griffith First Christian Church (www.gfcc.net).  This message is based on Psalm 51 and is about confessing our sins and experiencing God’s forgiveness.

23
Feb
14

Naked And Afraid

The sermon from February 23, 2014 at Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.




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