Confession as an Act of FaithJess Davenport, January 21, 2018
Part of the Spirituality & The Twelve Steps series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
In this next sermon of our sermon series, Spirituality & The Twelve Steps, we’re talking about confession as a part of our faith. Confession is a tricky subject to talk about in today’s world, but we also know that Jesus asks us to confront our wrongs, turn away from them, and follow him. Frankly, confession is necessary, because as humans, we screw up. We don’t need an anthropology lesson to know that. And sometimes we get so anxious about our mistakes, defense mechanisms, character flaws, or our addictions, we hide them instead of bringing them into the light. But we know that’s not how God wants us to live. God wants us to be healed and whole, but it’s hard to heal what we don’t own up to. How do we even begin to deal with this intimidating topic?
Here’s how I started: Every time I write a sermon, I find a song to meditate on that guides me in the process. This time it’s “The Weight of Lies” by the Avett Brothers (you can find it on YouTube.com). I encourage you to listen to this song and read the Scriptures that inspire this sermon. Begin thinking about the times you’ve fessed up and what you’ve learned from that experience. Also, ponder the times you haven’t and the effect that’s had on you.
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A Maskil of David.
32:1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah (ESV)
12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. (ESV)