Workout: Fellowship & Confession

Ever find yourself wondering, “why is confession important?” Especially if God already knows everything? What about confessing to others? Listen to hear more.

Proverbs 28:1-13

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them,
    but the godly are as bold as lions.

When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily.
    But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.

A poor person who oppresses the poor
    is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.

To reject the law is to praise the wicked;
    to obey the law is to fight them.

Evil people don’t understand justice,
    but those who follow the Lord understand completely.

Better to be poor and honest
    than to be dishonest and rich.

Young people who obey the law are wise;
    those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.[a]

Income from charging high interest rates
    will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.

God detests the prayers
    of a person who ignores the law.

10 Those who lead good people along an evil path
    will fall into their own trap,
    but the honest will inherit good things.

11 Rich people may think they are wise,
    but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.

12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad.
    When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.

13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper,
    but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

Isaiah 55:6-12

Seek the Lord while you can find him.
    Call on him now while he is near.
Let the wicked change their ways
    and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
    Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
    and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
    producing seed for the farmer
    and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
    I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
    and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
12 You will live in joy and peace.
    The mountains and hills will burst into song,
    and the trees of the field will clap their hands!

James 5:13-18

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. 14 Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.

16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. 17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! 18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

Workout: Fellowship & Confession

2 Comments

  1. Dieter says:

    Thanks for this challenging message! I so agree with the quote you gave from Dallas Willard. A favorite book of mine on this topic is “Guilt and Grace” by Paul Tournier, published in the 60’s I believe. He shows how God the Father yearns for close fellowship with His people, and it is precisely sin which can disrupt the relationship. Truth is, He feels it more than we do, and He is with open arms saying “confess, repent, be restored, all at my expense”. It is not like He is waiting to expose us and see how we will feel ashamed, or anything like that. So then, if we understand the corrosive danger of sin, and also know the true character of Jesus and the Father, confession becomes easier. We don’t bother so much with hiding or “sewing fig leaves” (called “coping strategies” since we are now in the modern world of psychobabble), rather, we run into His presence much sooner. But we know who hates all this – Satan – therefore there is a spiritual battle that goes on, and why we need one another and each other’s prayers.

    Tournier does a fantastic development of all these themes – a good read and then application. Now I have a confession to make to my dear pastor – I let a whole week slip by in my travels when I could have listened to the message and been blessed sooner. I expect he will forgive me!

    • Pastor Mike says:

      Yes, so true – especially the “coping strategies” that so many of us foolishly try. We can’t hide anything, and we need not! God is lovingly waiting along with our brothers & sisters to restore us.

      I’m looking forward to the small group discussion on this sermon!

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