This sermon was preached by Mike Knight at the Ladybarn site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 31st March 2019.
This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Withington in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:
This sermon was based on Daniel 9:1-20.
Daniel’s Prayer for his People
What is Confession?
Confession is two things: admitting that you have sinned, and asking for forgiveness.
Daniel describes different ways in which he and God’s people have sinned – “we have been wicked, we have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws, we have not listened to your servants the prophets.”
Daniel admits his sin and he turns to God for forgiveness.
Why is it Important?
It’s important because of the reality of the problem of sin.
Daniel knows that a holy God, and a corrupt and sinful people does not go together. Daniel sees that more than anything else in this moment he and God’s people need forgiveness, they need restoration and redemption in their relationship with God.
As Christians we know freedom from sin and forgiveness through Jesus, and his ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross. Jesus, on the cross, crying out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”, experienced the separation from God that should be ours.
What Does it Mean for me Now?
God has dealt with my sin. So why do I need to continue to confess sin? Is there a list that builds up over time and I need to make sure I confess every thing I do wrong to be right with God?
as a Christian confession is not about our position before God as righteous or unrighteous, it is about relationship. To understand why confession is a vital part of the Christian walk we need to understand sin.
Sin isn’t only bad for us if God judges us for it, sin is always bad for us. Yes, we will one day be totally free from the effects of sin, but for now we live in a broken world where we encounter sin, both individually and in the world around us. We can often see sin as a solely spiritual thing, where if I sin, God won’t be happy and it will affect my standing with him. But sin is a poison that destroys, and can have a dramatic effect on us now.
Confession is a tool that God graciously gives us to help us stop sinning.
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