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A One-Another Heart: Moving Beyond Yourself. Dare To Be A Sinner 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.” - James 5:16. I. The Mandate.

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A One-Another Heart: Moving Beyond Yourself

Dare To Be A Sinner James 5:16

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“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.” - James 5:16
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I. The Mandate

A. The word James uses

Homo = same

Logeo = to say

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B. The meaning James intends

1. What he does not mean

a. He does not mean here that you are to confess your sins _______ to ____.

privately

God

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b. He does not mean here that you are to confess your sins _______ to a _____.

formally

priest

c. He does not mean here that you are to confess your sins ______ to ________.

publicly

everyone

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2. What he does mean

a. He means that you are to confess your sins to those you have _______.

wronged

b. He means that you are to confess your sins to those who can ____ you ________ your sins.

help

overcome

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II. The Enemies

a. ____

Pride

“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.” - Proverbs 9:23 NLT

b. ____

Fear

“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but to trust the Lord means safety.” Proverbs 29:25 NLT

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III. The Benefits

A. Mutual confession is the way to ___________

reconciliation

“So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you , leave your sacrifice there beside the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” - Matthew 5:23-24 NLT

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B. Mutual confession is the way to _________.

wholeness

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” - James 5:16 NIV

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C. Mutual confession is the way to _________.

community

“In confession the break-through to community takes place … If a Christian is in the fellowship of confession with a brother, he will never be alone again, anywhere.” -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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D. Mutual confession is the way to _______.

witness

“Many who became believers confessed their sinful practices … So the message about the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect.” - Acts 19:18-20 NLT

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IV. The Guidelines

A. When making a confession…

1. evaluate your ____ to be healed;

desire

2. choose _______ the person to whom you confess;

carefully

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3. _______ it before making it;

rehearse

4. assume full ___________ for your sins;

responsibility

5. be sufficiently _______.

specific

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B. When hearing a confession…

1. be both ________ and __________;

shockable

unshockable

2. learn to ____ silently and ____ quietly;

wait

pray

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3. don’t ________ the gravity of one’s sin;

minimize

4. announce the _________ that is found in Jesus Christ;

forgiveness

5. ____ for total healing.

pray

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A One-Another Heart: Moving Beyond Yourself

Dare To Be A Sinner James 5:16

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