Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Biblical Confession, Part 3
Date: June 4, 2017
Text: James 5:16
Pastor John Black
A quick review of what we have covered …
I. Two types of necessary divine forgiveness …
- Judicial Forgiveness -- Forgiveness of sin’s penalty
- Parental Forgiveness -- Forgiveness from sin’s consequences
II. Why is confession necessary for a Christian?
- Christians are frequently in need of parental forgiveness!
- Christians are harmed spiritually by unconfessed sin!
III. What does Biblical confession require?
- A recognition and acknowledgement of our sin
- A deep sorrow for our sin
- A personal confession to God regarding our sin
- A determination to stop engaging in the sin
IV. Three Biblical types of sin requiring confession:
- Secret Sin – Sin known only to God
- Private Sin – Sin committed against another person
- Public Sin – Sin committed against the church
V. Who should I confess my sins to?
- Always to God
- The person or persons I committed the sin against
“The circle of response should be no wider than the circle of offense.”
- A person or persons who can help me live a righteous life
VI. When should I confess my sin to another person?
- When my sin has wronged another person (Matthew 5:22-24)
- When I need help overcoming my sins (Ephesians 4:11-16, Galatians 6:1-2)
- When I need to “feel” forgiven and not just “be” forgiven (James 5:16)
- When the Holy Spirit directs me (Galatians 5:25, John 16:13a)
VII. What should I look for in a person to confide in?
- Someone who is of the same gender
- Someone who is living their life in accordance with Scripture
- Someone who will listen more than they will talk
- Someone who will speak the truth in love
- Someone who has been proven trustworthy
VIII. How should I respond when someone chooses to confide in me?
- Be accepting
- Be quiet
- Be prayerful