Confession
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Communion 2011

Confession

Originally scheduled for February 20

It’s hard for us to accept at times, but the Scripture is clear:  we must confess our sins to each other.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

(James 5:16 NIV)

Why do we need to confess our sins?

·        Well, it certainly isn’t necessary to inform God, the omniscient one.  He already knows.  But many of us are in denial about this.  Like a good physician, he wants us to face up to the disease we have.  The longer in denial, the later the cure.

·        One good reason:  so that others – especially beginners – don’t think that they are the only ones with this problem.  Even the most mature of Christians still must confess.

·        Another good reason:  by confession you seek help.  The help you need in dealing with sin is found in the church and nowhere else.  But how can you get help if you won’t ask?

·        Sometimes the good of the church may require a public confession.  Dirt swept under the rug is – dirt.

By taking communion, you proclaim your sinful nature for all to see.  If you are to take it with clean hands, confession should come first.  Let this communion be a reminder to you.  Christ sacrificed his life that you might have forgiveness.  He established communion so that you might remember that.  The price of forgiveness has been paid;  follow his instructions to obtain it.

Remember:  if Christ can forgive you (and he does) then you can forgive others.  Let this communion spur you to reconcile with your fellow Christians by confessing and seeking forgiveness, just as Christ has forgiven you.

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