Rebuilding Hope: Part 7 - The Confession

October 16, 2022


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BOTTOM LINE: Confession is the beginning of rebuilding hope.
Confess: to say the same thing, to agree with God

Nehemiah 9:1-3 NLT
1 On October 31 the people assembled again, and this time they fasted and dressed in burlap and sprinkled dust on their heads. 2 Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They remained standing in place for three hours while the Book of the Law of the Lord their God was read aloud to them. Then for three more hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the Lord their God.

Nehemiah 9:16-18 NLT
16 “But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands. 17 They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them, 18 even when they made an idol shaped like a calf and said, ‘This is your god who brought you out of Egypt!’ They committed terrible blasphemies.

1. God’s past faithfulness proves that confession is worth it.

2. Idolatry is the root of all that needs to be confessed.
Idolatry: making something else more important than God.

Nehemiah 9:32-33 NLT
32 “And now, our God, the great and mighty and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of unfailing love, do not let all the hardships we have suffered seem insignificant to you. Great trouble has come upon us and upon our kings and leaders and priests and prophets and ancestors—all of your people—from the days when the kings of Assyria first triumphed over us until now. 33 Every time you punished us you were being just. We have sinned greatly, and you gave us only what we deserved.

3. Confession takes total responsibility.

Nehemiah 9:38 NLT
38 The people responded, “In view of all this, we are making a solemn promise and putting it in writing. On this sealed document are the names of our leaders and Levites and priests.”

Nehemiah 10:28-29 NLT
28 Then the rest of the people—the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, Temple servants, and all who had separated themselves from the pagan people of the land in order to obey the Law of God, together with their wives, sons, daughters, and all who were old enough to understand— 29 joined their leaders and bound themselves with an oath. They swore a curse on themselves if they failed to obey the Law of God as issued by his servant Moses. They solemnly promised to carefully follow all the commands, regulations, and decrees of the Lord our Lord:

4. Confession without repentance is pointless.
Repentance: a change of direction.

When have you been part of something or seen an example where there had to be agreement with or admission about what wasn't working in order for there to be hope that it would succeed or be rebuilt?

Why was it necessary to start with acknowledging this or agreeing with it? What would have happened if that step was missing?

Read Nehemiah 9:1.
 - This verse tells us that they were in sorrow and even humiliated about something. What do you think it was? (hint...look throughout chapter 9!)
 - Knowing that they had just recently fallen in love with reading God's Word and actually understanding it, why do you think their conviction was stronger than it had been before?

 - How does this show that they were already on their way to confession - agreeing with God?

Read Nehemiah 9:2. Then read Exodus 20:5-6.
 - Why do you think it is important to simply agree with God about the sins in the generations before us?
 - How is this different than blaming the generations that came before us? (Hint: Exodus 20:5-6 does not mean future generations are punished because of what others have done. Instead, it is the reality that the affects of sin are passed on to future generations until confession and repentance break the cycle!)

Read Nehemiah 9:16-18.
 - When have you been proud and stubborn, doing "it" your way instead of what God's way would have been? What was the idol - the someone or something that was more important to you than Jesus? And then, how can you look back like the Israelites did and see that God was still faithful to you, still loving, and still forgiving?

 - How does reflecting on this make you more willing to confess?
 - What do you find keeps you from confessing more regularly?
 - Is it not being aware or thoughtful of God's standards and desires for you?
 - Is it a fear of talking to God about it? Or is it something else?

Read Nehemiah 10:28-29. 
 - After the people confessed, they repented and went a different direction. When has confession led to a response of repentance for you?
 - When have you gotten stuck at confession without repentance?
 - What is holding you back from allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you to repentance?

 - What will you do this week to make confession a routine and pattern in your life? How can being more active in reading and understanding God's Word help you to know what to confess?

 - How does this concept help you have a story to share those who are far from God or might be seeking to know Him more? How does understanding God as Father and you his child help you to do this?

Pray for each person in the micro church to get to know Jesus more and better each and every day so that each of us will more readily know where we need to confess and repent of the idolatry in our lives. Pray that each person would have the opportunity to share with someone the hope that can come in when confession and repentance is a continual pattern in our lives.
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Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:
  - Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
  - What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
  - How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
  - How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
  - Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback
  - Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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