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Liberating Confession

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Because it is good for the soul
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

A powerful life-transforming verse every person should know.

So much so, that in the coming weeks, we’ll be devoting nine sermons to breaking down this passage. Each sermon is going to cover one aspect of this verse: If / We / Confess / Our Sins / He is Faithful / And Just / To Forgive Us Our Sins / And / Cleanse Us from All Unrighteousness.

The overarching theme of our nine-week journey through this verse will be that of Confession.
‘Confession,’ you might be thinking; “that sounds boring, even depressing.”

Well, I believe daily confession is fundamentally important to your personal – and our city’s – flourishing.

We’ll be liberating confession from confusion and misunderstanding, to bring joyful liberation to many.
I did some research with church leaders and pastors from a range of movements and denominations. Interestingly, this confirmed to me that it is highly unlikely the average church attender (and even pastor) engages in daily confession/repentance for sin. (Yes, I think confession in the context of 1 John 1:9 is more or less the same thing as repentance. To find out why, listen to the series.)

In failing to practice confession, could the Church be losing its sensitivity to the Spirit’s voice? Could we be missing out on gospel impact as a consequence? Could you?
If we are missing out on this divine joy, how do we get it back? How can we engage in meaningful and truly liberating confession?

This series grew out of an off the cuff comment in a pastoral care meeting. I was reading from 1 John 1:9 and one of our Elders Stephen Sloan (who was pastoring alongside me) said, “you could preach an entire series on that verse”. In that moment, I sensed God saying ‘yes, and you should Howard’. Meaning: we believe God will powerfully anoint this series, don’t miss out!

Join us on Sundays at 11am, from 8th September – 1st December at Westminster Chapel.

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