Aug 4, 2019
The Power of Confession
Series: 2019
TBC Worship Minister Colleen Howell speaks on the power of confession, drawing on personal experience. Spoken confession is powerful as both a tool and a key.
 
Confession is a tool that disarms the destructive power of shame and fear to keep us in hiding, blind us from truth, isolate us from community, and prevent us from growing in healthy relationships with God and others.
 
Confession is a key that unlocks paths for reconciliation, healing, restoration, and wholeness. Confession in the context of God and God’s people is holy vulnerability. We become vulnerable when we expose our true selves, admit our imperfections, and speak aloud our brokenness. But it’s vulnerability we can trust God with and God’s people with. And in the giving and receiving of confession, this vulnerability becomes holy, because there is space for grace, forgiveness, and healing.
 
The New Testament speaks of four types of confession and the power of each form of confession:
1. Confession of sins or offenses against other people (reconciliation). God’s heart for us is always reconciliation and wholeness. The power in confessing sins to others is reconciliation and restoration of interpersonal relationships (Matthew 5:23-24) as well as personal healing (James 5:16).
 
2. Confession of sins to God (peace). God’s forgives our sins regardless of whether we confess them. But confession is powerful for breaking the chains of shame and guilt, for bringing inner peace, and a clean heart. (1 John 1:8-9; Psalm 51)
 
3. Confession of faith to others (testimony). Our spoken testimonies change atmospheres, as God has entrusted to us the ministry of opening the door of reconciliation to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
 
4. Confession of faith in God (salvation). Scripture tells us that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, then we will be saved. (Romans 10:8-10) Recognize the power of confession in your own life. In faith and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading, step into holy vulnerability in your relationships with God and others.
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  • Aug 4, 2019The Power of Confession
    Aug 4, 2019
    The Power of Confession
    Series: 2019
    TBC Worship Minister Colleen Howell speaks on the power of confession, drawing on personal experience. Spoken confession is powerful as both a tool and a key.
     
    Confession is a tool that disarms the destructive power of shame and fear to keep us in hiding, blind us from truth, isolate us from community, and prevent us from growing in healthy relationships with God and others.
     
    Confession is a key that unlocks paths for reconciliation, healing, restoration, and wholeness. Confession in the context of God and God’s people is holy vulnerability. We become vulnerable when we expose our true selves, admit our imperfections, and speak aloud our brokenness. But it’s vulnerability we can trust God with and God’s people with. And in the giving and receiving of confession, this vulnerability becomes holy, because there is space for grace, forgiveness, and healing.
     
    The New Testament speaks of four types of confession and the power of each form of confession:
    1. Confession of sins or offenses against other people (reconciliation). God’s heart for us is always reconciliation and wholeness. The power in confessing sins to others is reconciliation and restoration of interpersonal relationships (Matthew 5:23-24) as well as personal healing (James 5:16).
     
    2. Confession of sins to God (peace). God’s forgives our sins regardless of whether we confess them. But confession is powerful for breaking the chains of shame and guilt, for bringing inner peace, and a clean heart. (1 John 1:8-9; Psalm 51)
     
    3. Confession of faith to others (testimony). Our spoken testimonies change atmospheres, as God has entrusted to us the ministry of opening the door of reconciliation to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
     
    4. Confession of faith in God (salvation). Scripture tells us that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, then we will be saved. (Romans 10:8-10) Recognize the power of confession in your own life. In faith and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading, step into holy vulnerability in your relationships with God and others.