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Two By Two James 5: 13-18. We are not meant to be alone S truggle alone Find joy alone Win alone. Genesis 1

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Two by two james 5 13 18

Two By TwoJames 5: 13-18

We are not meant to be alone

Struggle alone

Find joy alone

Win alone


Two by two james 5 13 18

Genesis 1

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.


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Genesis 6

9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.


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19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.


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The Bible tells us that success is difficult to accomplish alone

That a person without companionship is a sad thing


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Ecclesiastes 4

7 Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: 8There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless— a miserable business!


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9Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: 10If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!


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Beating addiction

Loosing weight

Surviving a difficult situation

Completing a task

Reaching a goal

Changing long-held patterns


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Mark 6

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits.


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Confession

We often downplay it’s power

As a culture we see it as a weakness

Our military frowns on it

In football we hate it

But confession is life changing


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Alcoholics Anonymous

75 years helping people recover

THE 12 STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.


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James 5

13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.


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James 5

16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.


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Why is confession important?

It is the first step toward…

Healing

Success

Control

Survival


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1. Confession

We share our secret

We share the burden

We begin to see we are not so different

We acknowledge we need help


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2. Accountability

We allow someone into our lives

See our heart

Keep track of us

We volunteer to answer to them

Share success and failure


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3. Goals and Responsibilities

We decide what we want to accomplish

How we measure success

How we deal with failure


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4. Plans and Blue Prints

We create an actual process

Not a wish list, but a clear plan

We look at the details

We study past failures and come up with solutions

Escape plans


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5. Healing, Success and Celebration

We struggle together into healing

We get excited about small successes

We celebrate at major crossroads

We keep encouraging each other


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James 5

16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.


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Confession is an incredible gift

Allow us to open up our souls to another

Gives someone permission to help us on a journey of healing and hope


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Anyone can confess and walk away

However, to have healing…

Confession is often the first step of a long journey of faith in God and in humanity


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Matthew 18

18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”


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When we confess

When we trust God

When we trust that someone

The doors of heaven begin to open

And hope takes root as we walk two by two


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