Confessing Your Sins
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.
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?
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