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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:30

Confession (Office of the Keys) Lesson 1

Confession (The Office of the Keys)

This Week’s Focus

What is confession?

Confession has two parts.

First that we confess our sins, andSecond, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.

What sins should we confess?

Before God we should plead guilty of all sins, even those we are not aware of, as we do in the Lord’s Prayer; but before the pastor we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts.

Which are these?

Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments: Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker?  Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy?  Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome? Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds?  Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?

“Now, strictly speaking, repentance consists of two parts.  One part is contrition, that is, terrors striking the conscience through the knowledge of sin.  The other part is faith, which is born of the Gospel [Romans 10:17] or the Absolution and believes that for Christ’s sake, sins are forgiven. It comforts the conscience and delivers it from terror.  Then good works are bound to follow, which are the fruit of repentance [Galatians 5:22–23].”  Augsburg Confession , Article 1, paragraph 1

Our Confession 

·        We confess the necessity of confessing our sins.

·        We confess that we need to confess all sins to God, even those we are not aware

·        We confess the benefit and need of confessing to our neighbor the sins we have
committed against him/her.

·        We confess that there is benefit to private confession before the pastor, but that it is for the comfort of the one doing so.  It is not required.

·        We confess that God absolves our sins by His grace.

·        We confess our need for such absolution.

·        We confess that absolution cannot be given to the unrepentant, nor withheld from those who repent.

·        We confess that the absolution spoken by the pastor is from God Himself.

·        We reject any excusing of sin or diminishing the need for forgiveness.

·        We reject any notion that Christians are no longer sinners and thus, need not
confess their sins or receive absolution.


Discussion Questions

1Why is it important to confess our sins and receive absolution?

2. How does forgiveness affect our human relationships?

3. Why is repentance important to giving absolution?

4. What excuses are made for sin and how do we answer them?

5. Why should we contest the notion that Christian are no longer sinners?

Lord God, I confess that I am a sinner.  I ask Your forgiveness for the sake of Jesus, my Savior.  Amen



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