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1. I Do,

Romans 10:5–13 ESV
5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:9–13 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

How is this similar to marriage vows?

How does Paul describe this confession?

1 Timothy 6:12–13 ESV
12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession,

What are we vowing when we make the Good Confession?

Revelation 2:10 ESV
10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Why is the “good confession” an essential element to becoming a Christian?

How does it help us turn from sin? ()

Acts 3:19 ESV
19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,

How does it save us from sin? ()

Romans 10:10 ESV
10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

How is our baptism similar to a wedding ceremony? ()

Romans 6:3–4 ESV
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Is believe in Jesus as God’s Son important?

Matthew 10:32–33 ESV
So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.

How can Confession answer this:

5:54 am Hi Pamela, I am just in a really confused state at the moment and I am just venting but also looking for guidance.
I believe in a Creator but I don't know if I believe in the divinity of Jesus although I want to.
I love the community of a church but I feel awkward and like a fake being there because of all my doubt.
I feel very skeptical in regards to prayer but I acknowledge that things happen that I can't explain.
I want to love the Bible but I just can't relate to the Old Testament and always skeptical and confused with it.
I walk away but I feel a hole in my heart and end up back where I started. I want a faith and a God that I am passionate about and want to share with my family and friends.
I don't believe in hell and I am comfortable with people who don't believe (my wife is an Atheist) but I still feel something pulling me towards a God.
Because of my skepticism I just don't know where to start or how. I need guidance and support but I don't know the best way.
I don't want to really see anyone about this as it has been hard enough just writing this but I do want to start a conversation again and maybe try and start again. I want to believe but don't know if I can. Thanks for listening and I look forward to your comments.

2. You Are the Man! , , ,

Do leaders, rules, etc. get to live by a different standard?

Was David always holy?

1 Samuel 13:14 ESV
14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

What was David doing in ?

2 Samuel 11:11 ESV
11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.”

What did God think about this, ?

2 Samuel 11:27 ESV
27 And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

What did David think about unrighteousness, ?

2 Samuel 12:6 ESV
6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”

Oops, !

2 Samuel 12:7 ESV
7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul.

Result, ?

2 Samuel 12:13 ESV
13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

And his prayer

His confession

Psalm 51:1–4 ESV
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Psalm 51:1–5 ESV
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Help me Lord!

Psalm 51:7 ESV
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7 ESV
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51 ESV
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. 14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; 19 then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Please cleanse me!

Psalm 51:10–12 ESV
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:10–12 ESV
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

I consecrate my life to you! (:13-19)

Psalm 51:17 ESV
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51:17 ESV
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Application

What sins do you need forgiveness from?
What will it take for you to return like David?
How can we rejoice knowing sins real battle is so strong?

3. Why is the Good Confession good?

The confession,

Matthew 16:16 ESV
16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

It is good because it is the truth, ;

Matthew 17:5 ESV
5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
Titus 1:2 ESV
2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began

It is good because it leads to salvation,

Romans 10:10 ESV
10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

It is good because it brings glory and honor to God,

Philippians 2:9 ESV
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

Application

In what areas of my life and I not in confession with the Good Confession?
How can living a confessed life bring joy, gratitude, and praise?

4. Conceal or Confess?

What do shows like Forensic Files, Monk, Sherlock Homes have in common?

Is this scripture filled with hope or pain for most people, ?

Proverbs 28:13 ESV
13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Would Ananias and Sapphira (Acts5) agree that concealing sin works?
Wound Adam and Eve (Gen3) agree that blaming sin works?

Would the scribes/lawyers () agree that justifying sin works?

Luke 10:25–29 ESV
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” 29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Application

I am resolved no longer to conceal, blame, or justify.
From now on I confess & forsake so that I can receive forgiveness.

5. Hold Fast to the Good Confession!

Jesus (103 names in NT) is our Savior,

Hebrews 7:25 ESV
25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

He is our only mediator, ; ;

2 Timothy 2:5 ESV
5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
1 John 2:1 ESV
1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
Hebrews 1:1–3 ESV
1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

He has accomplished His mission,

John 17:4 ESV
4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.

So, we hold fast,

Hebrews 10:23 ESV
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

We are anchored in our faith,

Hebrews 6:19 ESV
19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

We defend our faith,

1 Peter 3:15 ESV
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Application

Is holding fast enough or should our confession be shared?
Give a “for instance” of a good way to share your confession with others.
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