Presentation on theme: "ICEL I have been crucified with Christ. ICEL I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now."— Presentation transcript:
ICEL I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! Galatians 2.20
ICEL For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2.2
ICEL Thus says the LORD, “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not the rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me…” Jeremiah 9.23-24
ICEL How do we boast in the Cross? “With a little Savior I am still in danger, but if he be the mighty God, able to save unto the uttermost, then I am safe in his protecting hand, and my consolations are rich and abounding.” C.H. Spurgeon
ICEL How do we boast in the Cross? “Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly. For he is victorious over sin, death, and the world.” Martin Luther
ICEL What does it mean to “Sin Boldly”? To recognize that we are sinners & to stop deceiving ourselvesTo recognize that we are sinners & to stop deceiving ourselves To boldly confess our sins with the hope of forgivenessTo boldly confess our sins with the hope of forgiveness It does not mean to use grace as a liberty to sin even moreIt does not mean to use grace as a liberty to sin even more
ICEL Confession of Sins If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1.8-9
ICEL Confession of Sins Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. James 5.16
ICEL Listen & Confess Confession of sins is vital to growth in Christ Confession must take place within a safe atmosphere among trusted brothers or sisters If we do not listen well, we do not give the other an opportunity to confess their sins God is the one who forgives sins, though we are the priesthood of believers who aid each other in actualizing forgiveness
ICEL The Difficulty “Why is it that it is often easier for us to confess our sins to God than to a brother?” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
ICEL The Difficulty When we confess our sins to one another, we are dying to ourselves & being crucified Nothing is quite so humiliating, nor is anything quite so liberating I encourage you to confess your sins to one another, while simultaneously confessing God’s greatness in your lives
ICEL Summary We are crucified with ChristWe are crucified with Christ We live by faith in ChristWe live by faith in Christ It is all about the CrossIt is all about the Cross Boast in knowing Christ crucifiedBoast in knowing Christ crucified Do not boast in our own strengthDo not boast in our own strength Confess his greatness among one anotherConfess his greatness among one another Confess your sin among one anotherConfess your sin among one another Sin Boldly, Believe Boldly, Rejoice BoldlySin Boldly, Believe Boldly, Rejoice Boldly Christ did not die for nothing!Christ did not die for nothing!
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