The Inside Column 18/08

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshiping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

A big thank you to all the people that helped with the recent quiz night, to those that brought along teams, we raised a little over $1500 for the work that Georgia does with 24/7 at Waimea College. Well done everybody and congratulations to Graham O’Brien and his winning team.

This week we are going to be looking at confession as a way of encountering God. An outline for confession:

Step One: Replay the week in your mind. Take a few minutes to reflect on of the last week, allowing it to play like a movie in your mind. Call to mind the highs and the lows of the week and all of the emotions tied to those moments.

Step Two: Invite the Holy Spirit into your reflection. Having the week before in your mind, ask the Holy Spirit this simple question: “When did I fail to love God or love someone else this week?” Take a few moments to quietly replay the week in your mind, allowing the Holy Spirit to show you moments where you did not love God or others. (Remember: while the Holy Spirit convicts us in order to lead us into life, shame is not ever the voice of God. So while the Holy Spirit will correct you, the Holy Spirit will never degrade or dishonour you.)

Step Three: Acknowledge those moments before God. Once those moments have come to mind, confess them to God by acknowledging the wrongdoing towards him or towards someone else. After you’ve acknowledged them to God, call to mind God’s readiness to forgive you and thank him for his forgiveness.

Step Four: Practice Confession with a trusted confidant. If you feel ready and want to dive further into this Practice of confession, find a friend, someone you trust and hold each other accountable.

Psalm 32

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
    my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
    as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
    will not reach them.

 

I am away this week, if you need to make contact call David in the office

Yours in Christ

Phil

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