Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Biblical Confession (Part 3) | John Black | 06-04-17

June 5, 2017

Life-Changing Spiritual Disciplines: Biblical Confession, Part 3

Date:  June 4, 2017

Text:  James 5:16

Pastor John Black


Listening Guide


A quick review of what we have covered …

I. Two types of necessary divine forgiveness …

  1. Judicial Forgiveness -- Forgiveness of sin’s penalty
  2. 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



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