Throughout Lent, we are encouraging our Killearn church family to consider starting a discipleship band. A discipleship band is a group of three to five people who meet, pray, and read together. During our band meetings, we share in a few questions together. Here is question number four. Do you have any sin that you want to confess?

When I shared about discipleship bands in Sunday worship back in February, I tried to make a funny joke about confession. Imagine pulling into the church parking lot and being asked to confess your sins before coming into worship. It’s hard for me to imagine a more awkward and less hospitable way to engage in confession.

Here is a better picture of confession. Imagine being in a tight group of friends and being able to share how you are falling short. It’s a group where people don’t judge you or condemn you. It’s a group where there is absolute trust and zero chance of gossip. It’s a community of people that you can be your true authentic self. No hiding behind masks or other persona. You can simply be yourself and be honest about your struggles deep within your soul.

Here is one of “go-to” Scriptures about sin and confession from 1 John 1: 8-9. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Each of us are in a state of sin recovery. We are confronted about our rebellious human nature on a regular basis. Your discipleship band is a trusted group of friends where you can share and celebrate that recovery freely. If we confess our sins, God is faithfully just to forgive us. Wouldn’t be great to have such a trusted group of friends who you could experience that forgiveness on a regular basis.

Who are the two or three people you need to ask to join you in a discipleship band?

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

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