One of the most famous verses in Christianity sates: "If you declarewith your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). This week Pastor Brad wrestles with the important questions:
- Why the public confession?
- Why is a heart-centered conviction in the resurrection so important?
What comes to mind when you hear the word confession? (discuss). Often times confession has a negative connotation, such as in a court of law the confessing of crimes. Romans 10:9-10 refer to confession as a proclamation “with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Share times in your life where you have practiced a type of confession (marriage vows, being honest about a struggle in your life, etc). There is something powerful about speaking what is happening internally. In what ways was this powerful for you?
Have someone read the following out loud: As you listen to the following scripture close your eyes. Are there any images that come to mind as you hear affirmation that you can let go and trust God with your salvation: “The word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” If an image came to mind, share with your group what you saw regarding the trust of surrender.
This week as you close your time, and throughout your personal prayer this week, practice confessing these truths at the beginning of your prayer time: Jesus is Lord. I need God and I can trust Him. There is nothing that I can confess to You today that would change my salvation and relationship with You, Lord.