God’s redemptive plan for humanity involves the death of Jesus for the sins of everyone. But we enjoy God’s forgiveness only when we believe what Jesus did for us. Have you noticed, even Christians still sin? Confessing or admitting our daily sin keeps our relationship with God fresh and alive. Sin creates a barrier to our fellowship with God. That barrier disintegrates and fellowship with God gets restored when we confess our sins.

Discussion Questions

Why is sin an uncomfortable subject for people to discuss? How would you define sin? Why is sin pleasurable (Hebrews 11:25)? Describe your greatest sin struggles.

The sin barrier between people and God started in the Garden of Eden. Read Genesis 2:16-17 and 3:1-7. What was the first sin? What were the consequences of that sin?

Jesus has removed the sin barrier between humanity and God. How did John the Baptist describe it (John 1:29)? Read 1 John 2:2. What was the extent of Jesus’ sacrificial death? What does propitiation mean?

Carefully read 2 Corinthians 5:18-21. What steps did God take to deal with the sin of humanity? What does it mean that God has not “imputed” the sins of the world against them? How do you fit into this scandalous story of grace?

Even though Christ died for our sins, a believer in Jesus can still sin. How do we deal with our daily sin (Read 1 John 1:8-10)? What does it mean to confess your sins? Why confess?

If Christ died for your sins, why do you still sin? What are some ways to defeat sin in your life and maintain fellowship with God?

Further Reading

A New Covenant

God reminds us in the Bible that He gave an Old Covenant and a New Covenant. Confuse the two and you’re in for a confusing and inconsistent attempt at living for Jesus. It’s not an exaggeration to suggest that the church across the world is mired in legalistic...

New Direction

When we find ourselves moving in a certain direction and focused on our goals, it can be jarring to feel like God suddenly is taking us in a new direction. It's hard to consider that what we are currently building is no longer necessary or worse, futile all along. We...

New Community

We all identify with communities in some ways. Even the most isolated individuals acknowledge some basic common ground with other people groups. From sports teams to political parties to hometowns, communities unite us around common ideas. But when we run into...

A New Heaven and A New Earth

God makes all things new. He is about taking the brokenness brought on by sin and offering a new reality. God’s plans for a believer’s eternity are staggering in immensity and joy. We will exist forever on a new earth—a reality more alive than our present existence....

New Habits

Habits can have a profound impact on our lives in both good and bad ways. And often, we’re unaware of how much we do in our lives simply by force of habit. We’ll discuss how modern behavioral science is catching up to what the church has known for thousands of years...